RNS Updated Budget — Wednesday, February 26, 2020

RNS-Faith-London: London’s new Faith hub is building young Muslims a bridge back to the mosque
LONDON (RNS) – In a city filled with hundreds upon hundreds of mosques, Faith’s founders had no interest in creating yet another one. Nor did they have any interest in stealing away congregants. Instead, Faith is a gathering space for those who have felt neglected by traditional Islamic spaces. By Aysha Khan. 1590 words. (category: i)

RNS-Warren-Pastor: Meet the pastor who prays over Elizabeth Warren before every debate
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (RNS) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren prays with the Rev. Miniard Culpepper, her pastor, before every Democratic debate. But the Boston-based Baptist minister also provides Warren with spiritual counsel on the campaign trail, sending her prayers via email and gifting her a stone inscribed with a prayer to encourage her to "slay Goliath." By Jack Jenkins. 650 words. (category: a)

RNS-Preacher-BurdenMovie: SC minister who fought Redneck Shop and preaches love now depicted in movie
(RNS) — The Rev. David Kennedy, the black pastor of New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church, in Laurens County, S.C., protested the existence of a Ku Klux Klan-related shop and eventually ended up with his church holding the deed of the onetime museum that closed in 2012. The movie, in which actor Forest Whitaker depicts Kennedy, opens in theaters across the country on Friday. By Adelle M. Banks. 1,200 words. (category: a)

RNS-PRRI-Trump: Study: Trump's support among GOP, white evangelicals, 'remarkably stable'
(RNS) — Donald Trump’s favorability ratings remained "remarkably stable" throughout 2019, with the Republican base and a core of white evangelical backers firmly backing the president, while a majority of other Americans disapproved of him, a new PRRI survey found. By Yonat Shimron. 400 words. (category: a)

RNS-Camosy-Oped: Jean Vanier and the corrupting power of sexual sin
(RNS) — The news that the founder of L'Arche is credibly accused of sexual abuse shows above all the corrupting power of sinful sexual context can turn even the best people into the worst. But it should also cause us to ask what influences are most powerfully shaping our culture's view of sex. By Charles C. Camosy. 900 words. (category: k)

RNS-Salkin-Oped: AIPAC is a metaphor
(RNS) — Bernie Sanders is skipping the AIPAC Policy Conference because, for Bernie and others, the Policy Conference is no longer a policy conference. It has become a metaphor for right-wing politics, American Jewish narrow-mindedness and unambiguous love of Israel. By Jeffrey Salkin. 916 words. (category: k)

RNS-Reese-Oped: I am giving up Trump for Lent
(RNS) — For me, Trump is an occasion of sin that I should avoid. I need to cast him from my mind like a dirty thought. By Thomas Reese. 400 words. (category: k)

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