RNS Updated Budget — Friday, February 14, 2020

RNS-Baptist-Conference: For now, Southern Baptists stick by Hosanna Wong, spoken word artist and pastor
NASHVILLE (RNS) — Critics say Hosanna Wong, a spoken word artist and pastor, should be dropped from the program at a major Southern Baptist pastor’s conference because the denomination bans women pastors. So far organizers are sticking with her, but left the door open for her departure. By Bob Smietana. 700 words. (category: a) 

RNS-Amish-Climate: Amish farmers have a ‘complicated relationship’ with nature, are skeptical of climate change
LANCASTER, Pa. (RNS) — Amish farmers may embrace a simple, back to the earth lifestyle, but they may not embrace the ‘creation care’ theology of Christian environmentalists. Clustered in worshipping communities of approximately 35 families, the Amish practice and approach to conservation and stewardship of the land they inhabit is guided in large part by local traditions and guidance of church-area leaders rather than an overarching theological framework. By Elizabeth E. Evans. 970 words. (category: a)

RNS-Ahmadiyya-Anniversary: Ahmadi Muslim sect marks 100 years in US with day of service
BOSTON (RNS) — The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is marking the 100-year anniversary of the sect’s beginnings in the U.S. with a day of prayer and community service at its 62 chapters across the country. By Aysha Khan. 450 words. (category: a)

RNS-Tagle-Children: Filipino Cardinal starts new Vatican job by presenting a children’s book by Francis
VATICAN CITY (RNS) – A cardinal from the Philippines who was recently appointed by Pope Francis to head the Vatican department for evangelization, kicked off his new position by attending a book presentation at the Bambino Gesu children’s hospital on Friday. By Claire Giangrave’. 700 words. (category: i)

RNS-Luzdelmundo-Suit: Former La Luz Del Mundo member sues church alleging decades of abuse
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — A former member of La Luz Del Mundo, a Mexico-based Pentecostal movement that claims 5 million members, is suing the church and more than a dozen of its leaders, alleging decades of abuse at the hands of the group’s leaders. By Alejandra Molina and Bob Smietana. 830 words. (category: a)

RNS-Addams-Oped: How Romney and Pelosi used their faith to resist Trump
(RNS) — Romney and Pelosi have demonstrated the best of what religious belief can bring to the public sphere. The president, meanwhile, continued to use faith as a weapon against his enemies. We can follow their example to stop supporting candidates who use faith as a means to consolidate power, influence or money. By Emma Petty Addams, Jennifer Butler and Jennifer Walker Thomas. 800 words. (category: k)

RNS-Salkin-Oped: Can there really be peace between Israel and Palestinians?
(RNS) — Yes, there can. Or at least, between Jews and Palestinians. Never give up hope. Because, when all is said and done, we are all human beings, and we all want the same things. Prosperity for our families, and to get through the day unharmed and even whole. By Jeffrey Salkin. 493 words. (category: k)