Younger Baptists seek a less partisan approach to political engagement. “There’s a whole generation of guys coming up saying we’re tired of being the lapdogs of the GOP and, worse than that, being tossed away like a Kleenex after the election is over,” said Ryan Abernathy, 40, teaching pastor at West Metro Community Church in Yukon, Okla.
From Public Religion Research Institute: New survey shows top two religious groups that dominate American Cities. Catholics hold or tie for top spot in 15.
From Christian Science Monitor: Across the country, a number of influential evangelical congregations have been engaging their Muslim neighbors in new ways, and some local mosques, too, have been trying to help Evangelicals and others during their times of need.
Over on the Religion News Service blog, Milk Silk says he wants to see the U.S. bishops issue a statement like: Now that Pope Francis has established a judicial mechanism to deal with bishops charged with covering up and/or failing to report admitted or suspected clerical abusers, The U.S. bishops embrace this judicial mechanism as a necessary means of assuring our accountability.
Looking for a little inspiration to begin your day? NCR's sister publication, Celebration, gives you two options, both based on the Scripture readings of the day:
Daily Bread is a series of short reflections written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings. Daily Bread is intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned Scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world. It's a great way to begin the day.