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RNS Updated Budget — Wednesday, November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020

EDS: RNS will be closed and will not be transmitting stories on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holidays. NEWS STORY RNS-Vaccine-Ethical: COVID vaccines are moral to use, say ethicists, Catholic bishops (RNS) — Catholics and other Christians should have no qualms about the leading COVID-19 vaccines, say Catholic bishops and […]

RNS Opening Budget — November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020

NEWS STORY RNS-Black-Mobilization: Black church mobilizers get out the vote, plan to hold victors accountable (RNS) — Across the country, Black church get-out-the-vote mobilizers say their unprecedented coordination with religious and secular groups achieved greater enthusiasm and participation in the 2020 election season. As recounts continued, some of these leaders started looking ahead to closely […]

RNS Updated Budget — Tuesday, November 24, 2020

November 24, 2020

NEWS BRIEF RNS-Feast-Guadalupe: Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration near Chicago, largest in US, canceled due to COVID-19 (RNS) — Known as second only to Mexico City, Chicago-area public celebrations of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which falls on Dec. 12, have been cancelled as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the city and […]

RNS Opening Budget — Tuesday, November 24, 2020

November 24, 2020

NEWS STORY RNS-Putnam-QA: Robert Putnam thinks religion could play a role in healing the national morass (RNS) — In their new book “The Upswing,” Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garret argue the Progressive Era of the early 20th century may provide a roadmap for our polarizing gridlock. That period was led by moral crusaders: religious […]

RNS Updated Budget — Monday, November 23, 2020

November 23, 2020

NEWS BRIEF RNS-Campaign-Death: Poor People’s Campaign mourns 250K COVID deaths, calls for stimulus relief (RNS) — The Poor People’s Campaign, jointly led by Rev. William J. Barber II and the Rev. Liz Theoharis, will lead a national service of eulogy and remembrance on the steps of National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C. Monday (Nov. […]

RNS Opening Budget —  Monday, November 23, 2020

November 23, 2020

NEWS STORY RNS-IDI-PopeFrancis: Pope Francis’ latest hire at scandal-plagued Catholic hospital only deepens dismay. VATICAN CITY (RNS) — On Nov. 12, Pope Francis appointed Father Giuseppe Pusceddu as at-interim president of a relatively small Roman hospital, the Immaculate Dermatological Institute or IDI. Some Vatican insiders, and IDI employees, view the new appointment as the latest […]

RNS Updated Budget — Thursday, November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020

NEWS BRIEF RNS-PRRI-Fox: Most ‘Fox News Republicans’ believe Christians face most discrimination (RNS) — Most Republicans who trust Fox News believe that Christians in the United States endure unequal treatment, a new survey released on Thursday (Nov. 19) from the Public Religion Research Institute shows. But when the same group was asked whether Black Americans […]

RNS Opening Budget — Thursday, November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020

NEWS STORY RNS-Advent-Beer: Chicago church releases a beer for Advent — and the end of the world CHICAGO (RNS) — Church members stopped by Gilead Church Chicago on Wednesday night (Nov. 18) to pick up the wreaths they’d ordered for the coming Advent season — OK, so they were cardboard drink holders filled with Advent-themed […]

RNS Updated Budget — Wednesday, November 18, 2020

November 18, 2020

NEWS BRIEF RNS-Ethnic-Studies: Muslim, Sikh and Jewish groups seek inclusion in California’s new ethnic studies curriculum LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Religious groups are urging California education officials to include their histories and cultures in a model ethnic studies curriculum being developed for high schools in the state. The proposed curriculum centers on Chicanos and Latino […]

RNS Opening Budget — Wednesday, November 18, 2020

November 18, 2020

NEWS STORY RNS-Muslim-Pro: Muslim Pro, a popular prayer times app, stops providing user data to firm selling to US military (RNS) – The popular Islamic lifestyle app Muslim Pro, which has nearly 150 million downloads around the world, says it will stop selling its users’ location data to a tech firm that sells the information […]

RNS Updated Budget — Tuesday, November 17, 2020

November 17, 2020

NEWS STORY RNS-Peter-Held: Rachel Held Evans’ father on his daughter’s final days and the ongoing impact of her life DAYTON, Tenn. (RNS) — It’s been a year and a half since Rachel Held Evans, a popular author and blogger died, at age 37, after a brief illness. The loss stunned her followers and friends: How could […]

RNS Opening Budget — Tuesday, November 17, 2020

November 17, 2020

NEWS STORY RNS-Progressives-Biden: Religious left leaders vow to keep pressing agenda WASHINGTON (RNS) — As they prepare for the inauguration of Joe Biden, liberal-leaning faith-based activists who thrived while demonstrating against President Trump are strategizing with how to enact their agendas under a more friendly administration and wrestling with how to keep their momentum. By […]

RNS Budget Update — Monday, November 16, 2020

November 16, 2020

EDS: RNS-Progressives-Biden will not be transmitted today. NEWS STORY RNS-Griffith-Book: How law-and-order evangelicals helped shape today’s criminal justice system (RNS) — Evangelicals have largely championed the rise of mass incarceration, writes Aaron Griffith in his new book “God’s Law and Order.” They’ve also undertaken novel ministries to try to bring compassion, healing and conversion to […]

RNS Opening Budget — Monday, November 16, 2020

November 16, 2020

NEWS STORY RNS-Preacher-Video: Meet Shane Vaughn, Mississippi pastor and star of viral “if Trump doesn’t concede” video (RNS) — A 7-minute video about what happens if President Trump doesn’t concede went viral after the Nov. 3 election.  The video stars Shane Vaughn, a Pentecostal Unitarian preacher who said he was just trying to cheer up […]

RNS Updated Budget — Friday, November 13, 2020

November 13, 2020

NEWS BRIEF RNS-Sony-Pureflix: Sony Pictures to acquire evangelical Christian streaming service Pure Flix (RNS) — Sony Pictures announced Thursday (Nov. 12) it is purchasing Pure Flix’s evangelical Christian video streaming service launched in 2015 as a family-friendly competitor to Netflix. The streaming service will become part of Sony’s Affirm Entertainment, which also includes Affirm Films, […]

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