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ISIS explained * World Cup v. Ramadan * Divestment debates: Monday’s Roundup

Belgium midfielders Marouane Fellaini and Mousa Dembélé are Muslim. Photo by Erik Drost.

Happy Monday. Here are some of the top stories from the weekend:

Insurgents from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria boasted online that they had executed 1,700 people. The New York Times explains the vision for what is now ISIS, where religion is seen as paramount. Referring to citizens under its control, its vision says, “improving their conditions is less important than the condition of their religion.”

Pope Francis and the archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby denounced human trafficking earlier today and pledged to combat the issue together.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to not attend a controversial March for Marriage event on June 19, which she calls “venom masquerading as virtue.”

United Methodists and Presbyterians have been debating divestment to pressure Israel to stop building settlements and head towards a resolution with Palestinians.

The United Church of Christ’s regional governing body has passed a resolution that calls on its members to boycott the Washington Redskins over its name.

Belgium midfielders Marouane Fellaini and Mousa Dembélé are Muslim. Photo by Erik Drost.

Belgium midfielders Marouane Fellaini and Mousa Dembélé are Muslim. Photo by Erik Drost.

Ramadan begins on 28 June just at the end of the World Cup, possibly creating a struggle for Muslim players fasting in Brazil’s heat.

Possible excommunication talks planned for one of two Mormon activists with the LDS Church have been pushed back.

A Muslim entrepreneur has followed a kosher model in finding mainstream success, with Saffron Road food company’s annual sales approaching $35 million.

Islamic Sufis have been staging protests in London and in cities across the U.S., saying Italian designer Roberto Cavalli’s sexualized use of their sacred symbol as a logo is offensive.

The president of Seattle Pacific University announced that a scholarship has been named for the student who stopped a fatal shooting on campus earlier this month.

Finally, a favorite tweet from the weekend, during an Anglican-Roman Catholic cricket match:

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Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a national correspondent for RNS, covering how faith intersects with politics, culture and other news. She previously served as online editor for Christianity Today where she remains an editor-at-large.


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  • Grammatically speaking, even those oft’ overlooked “articles” in a sentence make a difference. A case in point is the above headline about the UCC and the Washington Football team (whose mascot shall remain nameless).

    In accord with our polity (I am a UCC pastor), the actual body that took this step would be A regional governing body of the UCC. Their proclamations and decisions have no authority on any other regional governing body, denominational gathering, or local congregation. Each gathering as an Association of local congregations, a Conference of Associations and Congregations, or a General Synod (the bi-annual meeting for Conference delegates) is Autonomous. So calling this THE regional governing body is incorrect. The Central Atlantic Conference Annual meeting speaks only for itself and no other entity or institution.

    As a religious News site, I know you would want to be as close to correct as possible, and letting a single pesky “article” prevent that seems unnecessary.