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RNS Updated Budget — Wednesday, July 28, 2021

A new survey finds that vaccine hesitancy has reduced among Americans overall and and among all religious subgroups in just three months, with many saying they embraced inoculation against COVID-19 at the urging of faith leaders. By Jack […]

NEWS STORY
RNS-PRRI-Vaccines: Survey: Vaccine hesitancy declines among faith groups, spurred partly by religious appeals
(RNS) — A new survey finds that vaccine hesitancy has reduced among Americans overall and and among all religious subgroups in just three months, with many saying they embraced inoculation against COVID-19 at the urging of faith leaders. By Jack Jenkins. 1,010 words. (category: a)

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RNS-AMEZion-Conference: African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church celebrates paid off debts at major meeting
(RNS) — The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church opened its General Conference with a worship service that featured a celebration of canceled debts. By Adelle M. Banks. 500 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Native-Apology: In 2010, the US apologized to Native Americans. A new ‘spiritual’ movement aims to recognize it.
(RNS) — Negiel Bigpond, who is Yuchi, and former Ambassador Sam Brownback have launched a movement to raise awareness of the apology, which was buried in a defense spending bill and never formally acknowledged, and ask President Joe Biden to formally recognize it in a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden. By Emily McFarlan Miller. 1,000 words. (category: a)

NEWS BRIEF
RNS-MOB-Gilgamesh: Judge orders forfeiture of ancient tablet from Museum of the Bible
(RNS) — A federal judge ordered on Tuesday for Hobby Lobby to forfeit an ancient cuneiform tablet that they had acquired in 2014 for display at the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. The fragment of the Epic of Gilgamesh had been seized by Department of Homeland Security in 2019. Hobby Lobby has consented to the tablet’s forfeiture. By Renée Roden. 400 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-ACNA-Survivors: Alleged victims say ACNA church leaders failed to acknowledge their abuse allegations
(RNS) — For more than two decades, Mark Rivera was a beloved volunteer church leader in the Anglican Church of North America who was deeply trusted by the churches he served in the Chicago suburbs. But alleged survivors say Rivera groomed and abused women and children for years, and church leaders failed to acknowledge their stories. By Kathryn Post. 2100 words. (category: a)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Silk-Oped: Running on ‘Stop the Steal,’ the GOP goes all in on presidential sedevacantism
(RNS) — From Trump insisting that the election was stolen, to two-thirds of rank-and-file Republicans believing that Joe Biden’s election was illegitimate, to rising GOP candidates’ acceptance of Trump’s fraud claims, “Stop the Steal” represents a new, fundamentally anti-democratic species of American Civil Sedevacantism. By Mark Silk. 719 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Reiser-Goldstein-Bassin-Oped: Why Reform Jewish leaders support H.R. 40, the Federal Reparations Bill
(RNS) — If we wish to redeem the soul of America, our efforts at earnest truth telling must result in equally serious attempts to provide redress for past and ongoing harms. This is why we, as leaders in the Reform Jewish Movement, are calling for Congress to pass H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act. By Deitra Reiser, Hannah Goldstein and Sarah Bassin. 825 words. (category: k)