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For Mormons in a faith crisis, the Gospel Topics essays try to answer the hard questions

By Jana Riess — October 27, 2020

For the first time, there is a resource to help ordinary LDS members understand the Gospel Topics essays—what they say (which is often a leap forward in the church’s transparency about its history) and, just as importantly, what they don’t say (which is often a lot).

Three church coalitions in the Deep South partner to urge racial reconciliation — and justice

By Adelle M. Banks — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — An Alabama pastor said groups already meeting in ‘notorious slave-trading cities in the past’ decided to encourage churches in other cities to take actions toward unity.

‘Borat’ is dead serious

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 27, 2020

The woman in the bakery. That is all you need to know.

Against the darkness: Remembering Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life shooting

By Campbell Robertson — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — At a court hearing for the Tree of Life shooter, two members of one of the affected synagogues came ‘to witness,’ saying, ‘That’s part of Jewish theory, to witness and remember.’

Poll chaplains plan to bring a ‘prayerful presence’ to precincts this Election Day

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — The New Georgia Project is one of several groups training clergy to be precinct chaplains this Election Day at polling places across the country.

With rising COVID-19 cases inside the Vatican, pressure mounts for Francis to don a mask

By Claire Giangravé — October 27, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘We are trying to convince him’ to wear a mask, said the Rev. Augusto Zampini, adjunct secretary of the Vatican Department for Promoting Integral Human Development and one of the coordinators of the Vatican COVID-19 commission.

Two years after Pittsburgh shooting, solemn anniversary marked online

By Yonat Shimron — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — Public commemorations of the 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, which killed 11 Pittsburgh Jews, will be livestreamed.

Your dread of the 2020 election and coronavirus will end. What will you obsess about then?

By Charles C. Camosy — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — We need to decide now if we are prepared to refuse the fear and politics that have divided us.

1,000-plus faith leaders call for ‘free and fair election’

By Elana Schor — October 27, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,000 clergy members, religious scholars and other faith-based advocates have signed onto a unique statement that supports a comprehensive path to “a free and fair election” and urges leaders to heed the verdict of “legitimate election results” regardless of who wins in November.

‘Peeing pastor’ hunt comes to an end

By Bob Smietana — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — The wife of a North Carolina pastor accused of disorderly conduct during a flight from Las Vegas to Detroit says he had a bad reaction to sleeping medication.

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