Tuesday's News & Ideas - 11/26/2019

  • Presidents appointed by God?
  • Enneagram & Christianity
  • Teaching empathy
  • Britain’s first black woman bishop
  • Religious freedom in SCOTUS
  • Paying bread forward in Turkey

How many Americans believe Trump is anointed by God?
Religion News Service: A survey assesses the opinions of just over 1,000 Protestant Christians regarding the anointing of presidents by God.
CNN: Rick Perry says Trump (and Obama) were ‘ordained by God’ to be president

The self-help movement that is upending American Christianity
Forge: The Enneagram has recently found a passionate following in the Evangelical world, drawing young believers steeped in astrology, self-care, and wellness

Rabbis urge teaching of empathy to counteract religious hate
Associated Press: At a time when anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise worldwide, schools should take steps to teach empathy as an antidote to racism and religious hatred, several rabbis attending an international conference said.

‘I’m Britain’s first black woman bishop and I long for the day when that’s not unusual’
The Guardian: The new bishop of Dover, Rose Hudson-Wilkin, speaks out about racism, inequality and compassion.

A heartbreaking Supreme Court case could be a huge win for the Christian right
Vox: Navigating the impact of the Tanzin v. Tanvir SCOTUS case on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

The Spark

Turkey’s ancient tradition of ‘paying it forward’
In Turkey, the seemingly modern idea of paying it forward goes back centuries, the BBC says. It’s called askıda ekmek and relates specifically to paying it forward with bread.

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