RNS Morning Report: Addressing Racial Justice; Pastor John Ortberg Resigns; 40 Days of Teshuvah

People raise their fists during a rally, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Las Vegas, against police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Need to know: Thursday, July 30, 2020

'Reconciliation' Reconsidered

Can churches’ focus on race move from reconciliation to justice?

‘The evangelical pastors that we interviewed, ultimately chose racial reconciliation as their primary frame,’ a scholar said of study of multiracial church leaders. More from Religion News Service

Stepping Down

Embattled megachurch pastor John Ortberg resigns from Menlo Church

The resignation comes after revelations that Ortberg allowed his son, who had admitted being attracted to children, to continue working with kids at the church and in the community. More from Religion News Service

Raising Voices

This Tisha B’Av, American Jews use the day of lament to cry out to God for Black lives

A group of Jews has been gathering daily at Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza to lament injustices against Black Americans. It will culminate Thursday (July 30), on Tisha B’Av, the Jewish day of mourning for the Jerusalem Temple. More from Religion News Service

On-Screen Miracles

Chicago’s Soldier Field rolls out blue carpet for drive-in screening of movie ‘Fatima’

‘Just like the churches, we had to pivot, too,’ said Jeanne Berney, chief operating officer of Picturehouse Entertainment, the film’s distributor. More from Religion News Service


Stella Immanuel's theories about demons, illness and sex have a long history

Demons appear throughout Jewish and Christian texts, often as evil, supernatural beings that torment people, writes Brandon W. Hawk. More from Religion News Service

Local Worship

Hundreds of Muslims attend drive-through hajj in Maryland

Muslims living outside Saudi Arabia cannot make the hajj this year because of the coronavirus. One community in Maryland held a drive-through hajj instead. More from NPR