RNS Morning Report: Black Seminarians; Amazon Product Pull; Snake Handler Opera

The Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook, former U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, at podium, teaches a Religious Freedom Center class for black theological students on Jan. 8, 2019, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Need to know: Friday, January 11, 2019

Lessons and Lingo

Black seminarians take first-time religious freedom course

Three dozen students from religious graduate schools at historically black colleges and universities attended a pilot course on religious freedom to learn the lessons and lingo of a field that has traditionally been predominated by white men. More from Religion News Service

Products Pulled

Amazon pulls offensive bathmats with Quranic text

After complaints from Muslim customers, Amazon has removed over 20 product listings that included doormats, bathmats and toilet covers featuring verses from the Quran. More from Religion News Service

Rattle & Hum

Snake handlers take center stage in new opera at the Kennedy Center

A new opera features the rockabilly music and exuberant worship of Pentecostal serpent handlers. More from Religion News Service

Full Inclusion

Methodist university presidents call on denomination to amend LGBTQ policies

The group, which represents presidents of 93 affiliated colleges and universities, urged the denomination to recognize the 'sacred worth' of people regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. More from Religion News Service


Where is Christianity headed? The view from 2019

The Western church's powerful shaping of Christianity for the past four centuries is being challenged in ways that may hold the keys to its revitalization, writes Wesley Granberg-Michaelson. More from Religion News Service

Time to Vote

Texas Republicans rally behind Muslim official as some try to oust him over religion

Republicans in the third most-populous county in Texas have been girding themselves for a contentious vote over whether a Muslim, who is a Republican, should remain in a leadership position. More from Religion News Service


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