Yet more forecasting on what to expect in religion news and trends during 2019

GetReligion | 1/16/2019 | Richard Ostling
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Those who read GetReligion on Dec. 20 (thereby postponing their holiday chores) may recall The Religion Guy’s list of the big three religion news themes for the new year:

(2) How Catholic leaders cope with multiplying cases of priests molesting minors, both at Pope Francis’ February summit and afterward. And don’t neglect those Protestant sexual abuse scandals.

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(3) Reverberations from the United Methodist Church’s special February General Conference that decides whether and how to either hold together or to split over same-sex issues.

On the same theme, Religion News Service posted a longish item New Year’s Eve headlined “What’s coming for religion in 2019? Here’s what the experts predict.” This was a collection of brief articles commissioned from a multi-faith lineup. It turned out to be one of those ideas that seemed better in the story conference than in the resulting copy.

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Understandably, no panelist expected an end to the persistent Catholic scandals.

Otherwise, the pieces predicted things like this: Various religions will unite to combat climate change. “Post-white evangelicalism” will find its footing while the ex-evangelical movement will grow in impact. Catholicism will seriously consider allowing married priests, and lay Catholics will gain more power. The Latter-day Saints will loosen institutional control. America will reckon with “the gods of white supremacy, capitalism, imperialism, cisheterosexism, sexual violence and deceit.” And a “united and uniting” United Methodist Church will emerge.

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What are the odds? One online comment nailed the problem: “These are more wish lists and utopian dreams than predictions.” Better to rely on lowly journalists for this sort of forecasting.

Speaking of Methodists, The Guy interrupts the 2019 look-ahead for a side observation that might merit a story. On Jan. 5, the 93 members of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church implored the February General Conference to legislate liberals' desire...
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