The Slingshot: Methodists confront BDS, SCOTUS remands the Little Sisters, Pastor fakes a homophobic cake


Need to know: 05/17/2016


Methodist supporters of Israel-related divestment regroup after setback

A committee at the General Conference rejected four divestment or investment screening resolutions related to the West Bank. More from Religion News Service

Little Sisters, little resolution

Supreme Court sends ‘contraceptive mandate’ cases back to lower courts

With a four-four split between conservatives and liberals on the court, the case will be decided elsewhere. More from Religion News Service

Because the world needs fake homophobia?

Gay pastor admits hoax, drops suit alleging slur on Whole Foods cake

The Austin pastor apologized to the baker . . . and a lot of other people. More from The Scoop Blog

A 'feminized' church?

3 ways Pope Francis’ opening on women deacons can change Catholicism

Ordaining women as deacons may, or may not, happen, but the process could have other, maybe unintended, consequences. More from Religion News Service

Sarah lived to 127

Going to church could help you live longer

Women who went to church more than once a week had a 33 percent lower risk of dying compared with those who said they never went. More from CNN

Bonus tracks

Shul feud

N.Y. congregation loses bid for control of nation’s oldest synagogue

A federal judge on Monday gave control of the synagogue, in Newport, R.I., to the congregation housed there. More from


White House adds gender and religious diversity to advisory board

New members of the president's council on faith issues include a transgender woman and representatives of Sikh and Baha’i groups. More from Religion News Service

Talk to strangers

World Vision president: Treat refugees as guests

Rich Stearns says U.S. churches can learn from Christians in parts of the Middle East who have responded creatively to the refugee crisis. More from Religion News Service

From inmate to minister

Seminary program aims to transform Texas prisoners

The state's Department of Criminal Justice’s seminary program has graduated its second class. More from Trail Blazers Blog


UK Catholic priest who fled sex abuse allegations arrested in Kosovo

He fled the U.K. in 2010 after after a man in his 40s accused the priest of abusing him as a child. More from Religion News Service