Good morning. Here are 10-ish items from the weekend you should know about:
Catholic bishops celebrated the “love of a man and a woman” in a message marking the end of the global synod on the family but largely ignored hot-button issues like homosexuality and cohabitation.
Ministers who own a chapel in Idaho say they could face fines and jail for not conducting same-sex marriages. Plus, a gay rights activist is giving $150,000 to Portland-based Christian bakery owners who were fined after they declined to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding.
Friends and family gathered at a small Southern Baptist church in North Carolina to remember Thomas Eric Duncan, who remembered as a big-hearted and compassionate man before he became the first victim of Ebola in the United States. The 21-day observation period for some people who were in contact with Duncan is coming to an end. “We can breathe a sigh of relief,” said Mark Wingfield, associate pastor at the church attended by Duncan’s girlfriend. “We give thanks for the passing of the quarantine period,” Wingfield told the congregation.
Greek Orthodox leaders launched a rebuilding of St. Nicholas, the only church destroyed on 9/11. The church had faced obstacles with the city over the property.
The Episcopal Church’s General Theological Seminary board offers terminated faculty employment negotiations, voting to keep the school’s controversial dean.
A Pennsylvania court upholds black street preachers’ right to protest at a mall.
Almost a year after a painting of Jesus was removed from a high school in Ohio after complaints, a sign showing the same image is on private property in view of the school. The original plan was to construct a 6-foot-tall statue of Jesus near the school entrance but it was too costly.
Amy Poehler’s next comedy apparently centers on a young, agnostic woman who inherits a church.
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch says he would fight “to the death” for gay rights, fighting against “religious fundamentalism.” Actress Glenn Close spoke about growing up in a religious cult called the Moral Re-Armament.
And just for fun, here’s a prayer sheet for Myers–Briggs personality types: “God, help me to finish everything I sta”