RNS Morning Report: Anti-Trump Religious Ads; Serve the Moment; Aundi Kolber on 'Trying Softer'

President Donald Trump holds a Bible as he visits outside St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House on June 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Need to know: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Base Support in Flux

New ad uses Bible, ‘Amazing Grace,’ Jesus to call Republican Christians to vote against Trump

‘The moment that (Trump) held up that Bible, he revealed this president is using us,’ a man named Pat, identified as a Republican, says in the ad. More from Religion News Service

Tikkun Olam

100 young Jews are volunteering this summer as part of a new service project

Serve the Moment is intended to inspire young Jewish adults to perform 100,000 acts of service during this turbulent summer when the coronavirus is spreading and social unrest over racial inequality is rising. More from Religion News Service

Compassionate Attention

Counselor Aundi Kolber shares what it looks like to ‘Try Softer’ during a pandemic

The Colorado-based counselor’s message that it is OK to ‘try softer’ rather than to try harder — or ‘white-knuckle’ one’s way through life, as she puts it — feels especially relevant in the midst of a pandemic. More from Religion News Service

Longtime Operative

Biden campaign hires new Jewish outreach director

The hire reportedly already serves on the Biden campaign team’s finance committee and co-hosted a fundraiser for the former vice president with Jewish Democrats in May. More from Religion News Service

Opinion

American Christians need to reinvent their theology and practice of missions

American Christians shy away from social issues — racial reconciliation, immigration reform and economic inequalities — that they associate with progressive politics, writes Joseph D'Souza. More from Religion News Service

Ancient Battleground

Are pandemic protests the newest form of science-religion conflict?

As the long-term effects of the pandemic become clearer, religious organizations will play a role as both influencers and medical care providers. More from Religion & Politics