The Slingshot: Methodist struggle; Top nun speaks; Cake hoax exposed


Need to know: 05/18/2016

Holding together

Methodist leader acknowledges struggle to maintain unity

Bishop Bruce Ough cites a “brokenness” in the church over scripture and sexuality More from RNS

Keeping balance

Methodists vote to cut ties with group some consider anti-Israel

Delegates vote 478-318 to pull out of “one-sided” anti-occupation group More from RNS

Making waves

Top nun pushes for greater role for Catholic women

Pope Francis has put a spring in the step of women religious More from RNS

Fatally modest

Two New York rabbis drown in rip current at Miami area beach

Rabbis Chaim Parnes and Isaac Rosenberg reportedly chose an unguarded spot away from scantily clad bathers More from Miami Herald

The end

Major Atlanta area church closes its doors

Rehoboth Presbyterian Church was apparently a victim of changing social mores and a divided congregation More from

Bonus tracks

Truth wins

Pastor admits Whole Foods cake with gay slur was a hoax

He admits to falsifying picture and Texas supermarket drops $100,000 countersuit More from RNS

The ultimate ordeal

How I survived four and a half years in captivity

Shahbaz Taseer is the son of a Pakistani governor who was slain for criticizing blasphemy laws More from The New York Times

Worried parents

Sexual abuse questions swirl around N.Y. yeshiva leader

FBI and local police converged on a four-story brick yeshiva, carrying away computers, office files and security-camera videos More from

Just blowin’ things up

Pennsylvania brothers charged in Amish bombings

The defendants allegedly exploded pipe bombs in an Amish phone and produce sheds More from The Tennessean

Plane conversion

Kansas City not-for-profit acquires Pat Robertson’s jumbo jet

Evangelist’s charity aircraft will be adapted for science, technology, engineering and math educational programs More from Kansas City Star