RNS Updated Budget — Thursday, January 16, 2020

RNS-Chicano-Catholics:  50 years later, Chicano Catholic activists recall their midnight mass clash with police
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — In the late 1960s, a group of Chicano activists tried to confront the Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles about race and povertya, leading to a Christmas Eve brawl with police. Fifty years later, they say their protest still matters.
By Alejandra Molina. 1100 words. (category: a)

RNS-School-Prayer: Trump pledges to prevent ‘unacceptable’ repression of school prayer
WASHINGTON (RNS) —President Trump, surrounded by schoolchildren of a variety of faiths, has announced what he called “historic steps to protect the First Amendment right to pray in the public schools.” By Adelle M. Banks. 700 words. (category: a)

RNS-Faith-Action: Faith in Action gears up for 2020 election season, with a focus on local offices
(RNS) — The Rev. Alvin Herring and his religiously rooted organizing group Faith in Action are gearing up for work and "war" — metaphorically speaking — ahead of the 2020 election, hoping to offer a test case for how liberal religious Americans can impact American politics. By Jack Jenkins. 950 words. (category: a)

RNS-Multiracial-Churches: Multiracial churches growing but challenging for clergy of color
KELLER, Texas (RNS) — Multiracial congregations have been on the rise across America in recent years but, while difficult at times for all clergy, leading them can be especially daunting for clergy of color. By Adelle M. Banks. 1,600 words. (category: a)

RNS-Multiracial-Crossroads: Cincinnati multiracial church fosters race relations, political action
CINCINNATI (RNS) — An 82 percent white, evangelical megachurch has charted an unusual course that began with an intensive effort to get people to spend time together outside the worship hour for six weeks of race-related discussions. By Adelle M. Banks. 800 words. (category: a)

RNS-Abrahamic-Faith: Religion can be part of the solution in the Middle East, religious leaders say
VATICAN CITY (RNS) – Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious representatives met in Rome this week to promote dialogue and fraternity and warned that a merely secular approach to peacekeeping in conflict areas risks missing the big picture. By Claire Giangravè. 800 words. (category: i)

RNS-Riess-Oped: 3 'glass-half-full' news items about Mormon growth
(RNS) — The last decade has witnessed slowing growth for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many parts of the world. The 2018 growth rate internationally was 1.2%, and half that — a rate of just 0.6% — in the United States. But those numbers don’t tell the full story, according to Matthew Martinich, a researcher who founded the LDS Church Growth blog, which tracks Mormon growth and retention around the world. By Jana Riess. 1,136 words (category: k)

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