RNS Updated Budget — Tuesday, January 21, 2020

NEWS STORY
VATICAN-DAVOS: Pope Francis reminds world leaders at Davos that we are all members of the human family
VATICAN CITY (RNS) – Pope Francis on Tuesday urged the rich and powerful attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Jan. 20-24) to set aside selfish concerns and make a joint effort to promote sustainability and fraternity for future generations. Claire Giangravè. 800 words. (category: c)

NEWS STORY
FAITH-CANDIDATE: In Iowa, a Lutheran pastor campaigns for state senate — as a Democrat  
DES MOINES (RNS) — The Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott is running an unusual campaign for state senate in Iowa, where the Democrat is urging voters to view her background in ministry as a strength to be touted, not a weakness to be hidden under a bushel. Jack Jenkins. 1070 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-VANIMPE-OBIT: Jack Van Impe, end-times preacher and televangelist, dies at 88
(RNS) — Jack Van Impe, a televangelist who spent decades warning viewers that the end of the world might come at any moment, died this weekend. He was 88. Van Impe and his wife, Rexella, co-hosted a long running television series that mixed Bible teaching with news headlines, linking current events to Bible prophecies. By Bob Smietana. 400 words. (category: a)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Harrison-Oped: The $100 billion Mormon fortune is not about the money, stupid
(RNS) — The recent discovery that the LDS church is sitting on a huge "rainy day fund" is not at odds with its demands for tithing and other contributions from members. Many of the church’s strategies are aimed at building community and membership. They are building loyalty rather than a stockpile of cash. By Mette Harrison. 1,220 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Silk-Oped: Trump v. Jefferson on National Religious Freedom Day
(RNS) — Last week, on the anniversary of the passage of Thomas Jefferson's 1786 Statute of Religious Freedom in Virginia, the president trumpeted a rule change for faith-based organizations that would actually undermine religious freedom. By Mark Silk. 880 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Claiborne-Oped: 'Hymn for the 81%': A conversation with Daniel Deitrich
(RNS) — A lot of contemporary worship music doesn’t offer the best theology, but 'Hymn for the 81%,' by a South Bend, Indiana, worship leader, has gone viral with a cocktail of prophetic fire and Christ-like grace. A Q&A with Deitrich. By Shane Claiborne. 1,350 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Jackson-Oped: Dr. King in today's America
(RNS) — In this time of remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, we should remember him not as a celebrity but, as he called himself, as a drum major for justice. Dr. King had a dream, but he was much more than a dreamer. He helped transform America, yet he never held a public office nor amassed a great fortune. He was a bold leader, a committed organizer, and he wasn't tranquil. He forced America to look at hard truths and grim realities that most preferred not to face. By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. and Grace Ji-Sun Kim. 700 words. (category: k)

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