Thursday's News & Ideas - 6/27/2019

  • UMC divide continues
  • Moore criticized by evangelicals
  • Baylor & LGBTQ students
  • La Luz del Mundo case
  • Kamala Harris & clergy abuse
  • Teaching for community

U.S. Methodists consider what comes next after disagreements over LGBT clergy
NPR: Four months after the UMC strengthened a ban on LGBT clergy and same sex weddings, deep dissension over the move has brought the denomination closer to a formal split.

Trump supporters blast SBC official for criticizing U.S. treatment of immigrant children at the U.S./Mexican border
Baptist News Global: Evangelical supporters of President Donald Trump, including Jerry Falwell Jr., lashed out at Russell Moore for critical comments about detained migrant children held in perilous conditions.

Rejection of LGBTQ student group leads to a fight at "unambiguously Christian" Baylor
The Texas Tribune: The Baptist university has denied a charter to Gamma Alpha Upsilon for eight years, members say.

Sex crime case renews tension in Mexico between Catholics and evangelical church
LA Times: The “apostle” of La Luz del Mundo was arrested this month in Los Angeles on charges of human trafficking, rape and child pornography.

Victims question Kamala Harris’ record on clergy abuse
Religion News Service: “She did nothing,” said Piscitelli, today the Northern California spokesman for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

The Spark

What if teachers didn’t focus so much on individual achievement?
The schools were dangerous, Renee Moore was told, and kids weren’t motivated to learn. Moore ignored the advice.

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