RNS Morning Report: Activist Martin Gugino; Trump's Photo Op at Church; Greear on Black Lives Matter

Martin Gugino bleeds on the sidewalk after being shoved by two Buffalo police officers June 4, 2020, in Buffalo, New York. Video screengrab via WBFO

Need to know: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

'A Gentle Giant'

Martin Gugino is a Catholic peace activist, not an 'Antifa provocateur,' friends say

‘Martin has a passion for social justice,’ said the head of a Catholic Worker house in Connecticut. ‘When he sees wrong he wants to be involved in making it right.’ More from Religion News Service

Passionate Support

Trump faith advisers say the president did the right thing by visiting church

‘It is absolutely absurd to cast that blame directly on the President of the United States,’ said Johnnie Moore. More from Religion News Service

Call for Unity

Southern Baptist President J.D. Greear says ‘black lives matter’

Greear also called for new clergy to be trained in preventing sex abuse and he challenged Southern Baptists not to be divided by the U.S. presidential election. More from Religion News Service

Guidance for Gatherings

When churches reopen, don’t sing or shake hands, do make sermons short, says new guide

The 36-page document notes that church leaders will make different decisions depending on the recommendations of denominational and health officials. More from Religion News Service


Racial resentment varies widely among religious groups

More than 60% of white evangelical Christians scored a 3 or 4 on the scale, as did half of white Catholics, writes Ryan Burge. More from Religion News Service

Raising the Bar

I wish I’d had ‘Ramy’ when I was a kid

He refuses to be the perfect ambassador for Muslims. It’s refreshing, writes Wajahat Ali. More from The New York Times