RNS Morning Report: Traditional Plan Passes; Bishop Will Willimon Responds; SBC Urges Caution

LGBTQ advocates react to the Traditional Plan being passed by the UMC General Conference on Feb. 26, 2019. RNS photo by Kit Doyle

Need to know: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

LGBTQ Ban Strengthened

United Methodists pass Traditional Plan, keep ban on LGBTQ clergy, same-sex marriage

Delegates to a special session of the United Methodist Church decided Tuesday to strengthen the denomination’s ban on the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ people. More from Religion News Service

Unity Disrupted

Bishop Will Willimon on why no plan can unite United Methodists

"There are people, left and right, who just say, ‘This is it. We’ve waited. We’ve watched. We’ve tried. And now we can’t stay,'" said the retired bishop. "To me, that’s the story, more than which plan passes." More from Religion News Service

Investigation Recommendations

Southern Baptist executive group urges caution before investigating church abuse

The work group determined that six on Greear’s list require 'no further inquiry,' three should be investigated and one is not a Southern Baptist congregation. More from Religion News Service

Sacred Ground

India’s Hindu nationalists vow to restore deity’s birthplace to former glory

Local politicians are attempting to remake a town whose name is synonymous with anti-Muslim violence into a tourist destination for Hindus from India and around the world. More from Religion News Service


Christians and Jews agree: The Bladensburg Cross is no secular symbol

Claiming that a cross is a generic memorial to all the war dead ignores real differences in our religions' teachings about eternal life and violates the fundamental aspect of religious liberty, write Holly Hollman and Marc Stern. More from Religion News Service

Identities And Experiences

The Essential Black Muslim Reading List

Black Muslims are not lost in history, even if their history has been disregarded, writes Vanessa Taylor. More from Teen Vogue



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