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RNS Updated Budget — Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The Ally Tour kicked off this week, bringing together a number of female Christian leaders online to discuss faith, gender, race and politics in the countdown to the 2020 presidential election. Speakers included Lisa Sharon Harper, […]

NEWS STORY
RNS-Ally-Tour: Unlike most Christian women’s conferences, the Ally Virtual Tour isn’t shying away from politics
(RNS) — The Ally Tour kicked off this week, bringing together a number of female Christian leaders online to discuss faith, gender, race and politics in the countdown to the 2020 presidential election. Speakers included Lisa Sharon Harper, Jen Hatmaker, Brenda Salter McNeil and Nadia Bolz-Weber. By Emily McFarlan Miller. 900 words. (category: a)

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RNS-Camp-Raid: Border Patrol agents raid faith-based immigrant aid camp for second time in two months
(RNS) — Agents with U.S. Border Patrol raided a faith-based humanitarian aid camp for undocumented immigrants near the U.S.-Mexico border Monday evening (Oct. 5), in the second action taken against the camp since July. By Jack Jenkins. 500 words. (category: a)

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RNS-Hymns-Unmasked: After Trump tweets about hymn singers’ arrest, church plans another event
(RNS) —  This week, the President retweeted a video of a political candidate being arrested during a maskless hymn sing in Idaho, claiming it was a sign that Democrats were shutting down church. The controversial church behind the hymn sing – which hopes for a “spiritual takeover” of Moscow, Idaho — plans another event today. By Bob Smietana. 650 words. (category: a) 

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RNS-Bethel-Surge: A surge of over 100 COVID-19 cases linked to evangelical Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry
(RNS) — A recent COVID-19 spike in Northern California’s Shasta County has been partly attributed to the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in the city of Redding. Shasta County health officials said 123 COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks were linked to the school. By Alejandra Molina. 500 words. (category: a)

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RNS-Lifeway-Update: LifeWay inks out-of-court agreement with former CEO Thom Rainer
(RNS) — LifeWay Christian Resources, the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, announced late Tuesday (Oct. 6) that it had reached an out-of-court agreement with former President and CEO Thom Rainer. The agreement requires Rainer to keep the terms of his noncompete contract he had signed after leaving his position in 2018. By Yonat Shimran. 400 words. (category: a)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Reese-Oped: Election checklist: Five ways Catholic parishes can keep politics out of church
(RNS) — Few parishioners want to see their parishes turned into partisan battlefields, but with the Catholic community almost evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, some parishes face this danger. what can parishioners ask their pastors to do to keep their parishes from turning into partisan war zones? By Thomas Reese. 846 words. (category: k)

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RNS-Riess-Oped: How did Mormons become so Republican?
(RNS) — It’s highly likely that Utah will deliver for the Trump-Pence ticket, but Mormons werent’ always been fully Republican. A Q&A with the author of a new political biography of Ezra Taft Benson. By Jana Riess. 1,100 words. (category: k)