RNS Updated Budget—Monday, February 17, 2020

RNS-Pagitt-Vote: Evangelical pastor has a simple mission: Get Trump out
FRESNO, Calif. (RNS) — Doug Pagitt's long-shot effort to sway evangelicals away from Trump is the logical next step in his long trajectory as a thoughtfully rebellious Christian pastor, writer and speaker. By Isaiah Murtaugh. 1,380 words. (categories: c, a)

RNS-Germany-Women: German theologian spearheads transition to a gender-appropriate Catholic Church
VATICAN CITY (RNS) – A woman is challenging the Catholic church’s position on female inclusion in Germany, where bishops have begun a two-year summit aimed at “newly assessing” long held Catholic beliefs on sexuality, love and priestly life. By Claire Giangrav. 1,160 words. (categories c, i)

RNS-LIGHT-CATHEDRAL: Cathedral light shows drawing people who normally don’t darken church doors
WASHINGTON (RNS) — An immersive experience at Washington National Cathedral called “Space, Light and Sound” drew Christians and Hindus, nonreligious and unaffiliated, grandchildren and grandparents. Several cathedrals across the globe have recently offered similar light and music shows. By Adelle M. Banks. 1,000 words. (category: a)

HOLY-SUPPER: La Luz del Mundo minister says abuse allegations are false
POMONA, Calif. (RNS) — A minister for La Luz Del Mundo, a Mexico-based Pentecostal movement that claims 5 million members, said new allegations of abuse against more than a dozen of its leaders are false and part of a smear campaign meant to dim their most sacred celebration this week. By Alejandra Molina. 753 words.

RNS-Claiborne-Oped: Will the real pro-life political party please stand up?
(RNS) — The Republican Party, which calls itself pro-life, has become an obstacle to life on any issue but abortion. Meanwhile, the Democrats seem to be doing everything they can to lose voters for whom reducing abortions is a major concern, including  the 29% of Democrats who call themselves pro-life. By Shane Claiborne. 923 words. (category: k)

RNS-Khan-Oped: A centennial celebration for a Muslim who overcame an immigration ban
(RNS) — Arriving in 1920, Mufti Muhammad Sadiq, one of the earliest missionaries of Islam in the United States, established a lasting example for Muslim American relations. By Amjad Mahmood Khan. 830 words. (category: k)