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RNS Updated Budget — Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The prelate who oversees Catholics in the U.S. military is defending their right to refuse COVID-19 vaccines on religious grounds, even after bishops across the country have declared they will not grant faith-based exemptions to the shots. […]

EDS: RNS-Buddhist-Dams will come tomorrow.

NEWS STORY
RNS-Archbishop-Military: Archbishop of the military defends those who refuse vaccines
(RNS) — The prelate who oversees Catholics in the U.S. military is defending their right to refuse COVID-19 vaccines on religious grounds, even after bishops across the country have declared they will not grant faith-based exemptions to the shots. By Jack Jenkins. 602 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Home-Temple: Millennial Hindus get creative with home temples in cramped apartments
(RNS) — Regardless of tight spaces and busy lifestyles, younger millennial Hindus are trying their best to carry out traditional rituals and practices when they move away from home. By Nidhi Upadhyaya. 1480 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-RCA-Split: The Reformed Church in America faces rupture over LGBTQ gridlock
(RNS) — This week, North America’s oldest denomination will confront its gridlock over LGBTQ ordination and same-sex marriage. Votes cast by delegates at the Reformed Church in America’s General Synod in Tucson, Arizona from Oct. 14-19 will chart the course for the already-splintering denomination. By Kathryn Post. 1,200 words. (category: a)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Riess-Oped: The battle lines around the word ‘Mormon’
(RNS) — If the church’s efforts to expunge “Mormon” from our collective vocabulary have been successful in any way it’s this: driving a significant wedge among our people. “Mormon” has become a shibboleth, an immediate shorthand for Latter-day Saints to size up one another’s obedience and orthodoxy. By Jana Riess. 1,501 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Prior-Oped: ‘Cosplay Christianity’: The sin is in the denial of the life God calls us to
(RNS) — Like bedroom fantasies, this impulse toward what I call Cosplay Christianity develops when faithfulness alone is not enough — when drama is required to excite the soul, enemies are necessary to rouse energy, and obstacles are manufactured in order to present challenges to would-be Arthurian knights on galloping steeds or wannabe damsels in constant distress. By Karen Swallow Prior. 1,035 words. (category: k)