Tuesday's News & Ideas - 12/1/2020

  • New progressive UMC?
  • Ministers in America’s foodchain
  • Faith in Georgia runoffs
  • First Black American cardinal
  • Pastors & the partisan divide
  • Following footsteps

Progressive United Methodists announce new denomination: Liberation Methodist Connexion
Religion News Service: Correct doctrine is less important to the new denomination than correct action, collaborators said during Sunday’s presentation.

Meet the people who minister in America’s food chain
Christianity Today: How pastors, farmers, and activists on both coasts are caring for migrant farm workers.

Faith takes the forefront as Georgia Senate runoffs heat up
Associated Press: Conservative Christians are rallying behind Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, while Black churches and liberal-leaning Jewish groups are backing Democratic challengers Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.

With ceremony at the Vatican, Wilton Gregory becomes 1st Black American cardinal
NPR: Kneeling before Pope Francis, 72-year-old Wilton Gregory received the red hat and ring Saturday, becoming the first Black American cardinal in the history of Catholicism.

Should pastors address the partisan divide?
Deseret News: Clergy are often reluctant to deal with congregants’ political differences but experts say that such tensions are normal and an opportunity.

The Spark

My great-grandfather’s saddle rug helps me remember a Tibet that’s gone
“I borrowed a bicycle and explored, in the same way my great-grandfather had gone about on his pony sixty years earlier,” Ann Tashi Slater writes at Catapult.

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