RNS Morning Report: Art of the Eulogy; Church Assets Frozen; Latino Evangelicals in Jerusalem

U.S. President Barack Obama leads mourners in singing the song “Amazing Grace” as he delivers a eulogy in honor of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, S.C. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Brian Snyder

Need to know: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Eulogy Evolution

How remembering the dead has evolved from graveside eulogy to farewell address

'A great eulogy cannot beat back death, but it can give new meaning to life and this moment,' says Cyrus M. Copeland, who has written three books on the subject. More from Religion News Service

Donations Dispute

Judge freezes accounts of Florida church caught up in alleged Ponzi scheme

The lawyer representing the pastors and the West Palm Beach church argued that the church can’t be forced to turn over money given as donations because it’s a nonprofit religious institution. More from Religion News Service

Sharp Reactions to Ruling

Kenyan court upholds bans on gay intimacy

A ruling in favor of repeal would have been a trailblazing step for an Africa court, but the three-judge bench said there was not sufficient evidence of discrimination. More from Religion News Service

Plans Backtracked

Russian Orthodox Church drops plan to build a new St. Catherine’s Cathedral

Protesters caused Russian church officials to cancel plans for a new cathedral in Yekaterinburg, the country’s fourth-largest city. Protesters were angered that the cathedral was going to be built on a rare piece of green space. More from Religion News Service

Community Support

Latino evangelical leaders meet in Jerusalem for summit on Israel

Latino evangelical leaders from the United States recently met at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem to celebrate its move there. More from Religion News Service

Martini Judaism

No love lost between Jews and Trump? Here’s why.

This is a political reckoning for American Jews, writes Jeffrey Salkin. More from Religion News Service

Deadlocked Negotiations

Netanyahu threatens to call fresh election as coalition talks falter

Benjamin Netanyahu has played a last-minute gambit to persuade politicians to help him form a government, threatening to call fresh Israeli elections if deadlocked negotiations do not succeed. More from The Guardian

 

 

 

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