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RNS Updated Budget—Friday, July 23, 2021

Amid the changes at the Tokyo Olympics — which kicked off Friday (July 23) after a yearlong delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, still devastating many participating countries — are adjustments to the way the Games are […]

NEWS STORY
RNS-Olympics-Accommodations: Olympics’ religious accommodations, outreach look a little different in Tokyo amid pandemic. Here’s how.
(RNS) — Amid the changes at the Tokyo Olympics — which kicked off Friday (July 23) after a yearlong delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, still devastating many participating countries — are adjustments to the way the Games are accommodating athletes’ religious needs, as well as to the way outside groups are able to share their faith with Olympians and their fans. By Emily McFarlan Miller and Adelle M. Banks. 1,000 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Japan-Paganism: In Japan, Greek-influenced Olympics meet another kind of pagan heritage
(RNS)  — Shinto and modern paganism have many commonalities, beginning with a deep sense of myth and magic  that is fostering a small community of modern witches. By Heather Greene. 950 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Church-Shooting: La Luz del Mundo congregants ‘frightened’ after attempted burglary and shooting at two temples
(RNS) — A spokesman for La Luz del Mundo, a Mexico-based Pentecostal movement that claims millions of members worldwide, said congregants are frightened and nervous after an attempted burglary and a shooting took place at two of its churches in Nevada and Texas in recent weeks. By Alejandra Molina. 450 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Reparations-Interfaith: Interfaith groups joining efforts to adopt, consider reparations
(RNS) — From Evanston, Illinois, to Capitol Hill, interfaith groups are working on initiatives to adopt or push legislators to consider reparations to make amends for historical discrimination against people of color. By Adelle M. Banks. 900 words. (category: a)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Kissileff-Oped: On Tisha B’av, the meaning of Tree of Life revealed
(RNS) —  The site of the most deadly attack on Jews in U.S. history is getting ready to rebuild. Here are a few ideas about what the new Tree of Life synagogue and Holocaust remembrance center should represent. By Beth Kissileff. 1,017 words. (category: k)