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Hours after learning her book, “The Secret Lives of Church Ladies,” is a National Book Awards finalist, author Deesha Philyaw spoke to Religion News Service about growing up in the church, writing about affairs and what she thinks her late […]

NEWS STORY
RNS-Church-Ladies: Sex, women and the Black church: Novelist reveals true-to-life secrets
(RNS) — Hours after learning her book, “The Secret Lives of Church Ladies,” is a National Book Awards finalist, author Deesha Philyaw spoke to Religion News Service about growing up in the church, writing about affairs and what she thinks her late mother and grandmother would think of the book she would give an R rating. By Adelle M. Banks. 1,500 words. (category: a)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Gehring-Oped: Why the Trump campaign is trying to claim the Catholic high ground
(RNS) — The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative Catholic woman, to the Supreme Court has sparked fresh debates over America’s centuries-old obsession with Catholic identity. But the Barrett hearings are only one skirmish in a broader confrontation the Trump administration is waging for the Catholic political soul. By John Gehring. 950 words. (category: k)