Tuesday's News & Ideas - 10/29/2019

  • UMC conference vs. GC
  • Unity over fear after synod
  • Kanye’s message
  • Lebanon’s interfaith protest
  • Biden denied communion
  • Jason Reynolds’ mission

Conference charts 'way forward' with LGBTQ people
United Methodist News Service: By an overwhelming majority, the Greater New Jersey Conference in a special session voted to allow United Methodist churches to decide how to include and affirm LGBTQ people in every aspect of ministry while still allowing congregations the right to agree to disagree.

The Editors: Unity and hope from the Amazon synod must speak louder than fear
America: One of the most significant questions we now face in the church is how to commit to the path of “synodal conversion,” as this synod has put it, overcoming fear and distrust.

Kanye West preaches a message of love and faith on ‘Jesus Is King.’ Too bad about the messenger.*
The Los Angeles Times: The idea of restoring one’s self -- in West’s case, that’s meant becoming a born-again Christian -- is at the core of the artist’s new gospel-influenced album.

Lebanon uprising unites people across faiths, defying deep sectarian divides
The Conversation: Over a million Lebanese from all faiths have joined together in these leaderless and nationwide anti-government demonstrations.

Joe Biden was denied Holy Communion at a church in South Carolina because he supports abortion
Business Insider: “Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that,” the priest said. “Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.”

The Spark

Jason Reynolds is on a mission
The best-selling writer* of more than a dozen children’s books wants black teenagers and kids to know that he sees them, The New York Times says.

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