RNS Morning Report: Addressing Abuse in SBC; Christchurch Shootings; Rick Christian Moves On

Boyce College on the campus of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 29, 2018. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Need to know: Friday, March 15, 2019

'We Must Not Be Silent'

Southern Baptist executive, experts say churches should address abuse of adults

As the Southern Baptist Convention confronts allegations of sexual abuse in its ranks, leaders of some of its affiliated organizations as well as other denominations are seeking to educate clergy and other staffers about appropriate boundaries. More from Religion News Service

Christchurch Mass Shootings

Mass shootings at New Zealand mosques kill 49—1 man charged

Forty-nine people were killed in an attack in two mosques in New Zealand. The man who claimed responsibility for the shooting said he came to New Zealand only to plan and train for the attack, according to police. More from Religion News Service

'Broker Of Authors'

Rick Christian leaves literary agency that transformed Christian publishing

Christian’s Alive agency created a market for a slate of faith-based authors who together topped the New York Times best-seller list 15 times. More from Religion News Service

Controversial Clarification Process

Israeli rabbinate under fire for pushing for DNA tests

A rabbinical court has asked some immigrants to Israel to prove they are genetically Jewish before they can be married, a standard some say violates Judaism’s own definitions of Jewishness. More from Religion News Service


How Lent prepares us for what is lost

What happens when an accident, old age or illness robs loved ones of their memory, and we forget that they are a child of God, Kate Bowler asks. More from Religion News Service

Investigation & Accusation

Critic who exposed China’s Muslim camps is detained, even across the border

For six days a week, every week, in a crowded office in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Serikzhan Bilash had been ringmaster of one of the most influential efforts detailing China’s internment of Muslim minorities. More from The New York Times



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