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RNS Budget Update — Thursday, September 23, 2021

After dozens of near-weekly demonstrations in support of voting rights, raising the minimum wage and other issues, leaders of the Poor People’s Campaign have asked for a meeting with President Joe Biden, escalating efforts to arrange a public […]

NEWS STORY
RNS-PPC-Biden: After months of protests, Poor People’s Campaign requests meeting with Biden
WASHINGTON (RNS) — After dozens of near-weekly demonstrations in support of voting rights, raising the minimum wage and other issues, leaders of the Poor People’s Campaign have asked for a meeting with President Joe Biden, escalating efforts to arrange a public summit with a president who endorsed their cause during his campaign. By Jack Jenkins. 1,073 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Francis-Laygroups: Pope Francis reigns in catholic groups after flood of abuse cases
(RNS) – Pope Francis chastised catholic lay and religious groups, which have been under scrutiny following a wave of abuse cases, urging them to accept oversight with “humility.” By Claire Giangravè. 1,000 words. (category: i)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Evangelicals-Climate: Young evangelicals to host Capitol Hill rally for climate action
(RNS) — This weekend, the Young Evangelicals for Climate Action will mark the end of climate week with a rally on Capitol Hill. “It’s time to put aside political posturing and to really take bold concrete climate action, both as we seek to recover economically from COVID-19, and also as we invest in infrastructure,” said YECA spokesperson Tori Goebel. By Kathryn Post. 850 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Cathedral-Windows: Cathedral to replace Confederate windows with stained glass reflecting Black life
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The Washington National Cathedral, which removed its 
stained-glass windows that depicted Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, plans to install new windows filled with themes related to African Americans’ work for justice. Kerry James Marshall, a pre-eminent multimedia artist, will create his first work in stained glass. By Adelle M. Banks. 800 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Stewart-Obit: Timothy Stewart, Progressive National Baptists international president, dead at 64
(RNS) —The Rev. Timothy Stewart, the first international president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, has died, his denomination announced. The Bahamas pastor, served three years of his four-year term and presided over the virtual annual session of the historically Black religious group in August. By Adelle M. Banks. 550 words. (category: a)

NEWS BRIEF
RNS-Hilton-Boycott: Muslim Groups Launch Boycott of Hilton over Bulldozed Xinjiang Mosque
(RNS) —A coalition of over 40 American Muslim groups has announced a global boycott of Hilton hotels over the brand’s involvement in the construction of a new hotel in Xinjiang, China, on the site of a bulldozed mosque. By Joseph Hammond. 400 words. (category: a)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Salkin-Oped: When I became Jewishly woke
(RNS) — In the 1970s and 1980s, many rabbis, Jewish leaders, and ordinary Jews visited the Soviet Union. We did not go as tourists. We went on clandestine missions to help refuseniks. Those were the most intense experiences of our Jewish lives. What was the secret sauce of the success of the Soviet Jewry movement? By Jeffrey Salkin. 1,350 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Packard-TerKuile-Oped: Gen Z is keeping the faith. Just don’t expect to see them at church.
(RNS) — Given the decline in attendance at houses of worship and the so-called rise of nones, it might come as a surprise that the majority of young people say they are spiritual and/or religious. Young people are figuring out how to draw on religious and spiritual support to make it through life’s challenges and to celebrate its joys, but they are increasingly doing so outside of formal structures and venues of faith. By Josh Packard and Casper ter Kuile. 936 words. (category: k)