RNS Morning Report: Bolivian Evangelicals; Village Church Sued; Chicago Archdiocese’s Finances

A protestor holds a giant replica of Bolivia's constitution, wrapped with a black mourning ribbon, in La Paz, Bolivia, on Nov. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Need to know: Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Campaign for Recognition

Celebrating new religious freedom law, Bolivian evangelicals push for more

The new law marks a turning point for Protestant denominations that have historically tended to keep their distance from politics. More from Religion News Service

Lawsuit Launched

The Village Church sued for more than $1 million over alleged abuse at church camp

A young woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a youth minister at a church camp when she was a child is suing the Village Church for more than $1 million for gross negligence and the emotional distress the abuse has caused her. More from Religion News Service

Schools and Parishes Closing

Investigation reveals Chicago Archdiocese's financial woes

Six years later, the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago holds just one-third of the money pledged in the 'To Teach Who Christ Is' campaign to save its struggling schools, according to a Chicago Tribune investigation. More from Religion News Service

Ancient Rituals

Indonesian Haul festival recalls pre-Islamic culture

In this small village in Central Java, the end of Ramadan is an auspicious time to honor one's ancestors in a festival called Haul. The celebration is a mix of Islam, Hindu and animist traditions. More from Religion News Service


Has the time come for America to atone for its original sin?

In one of the most significant developments in religious history, slaves cast aside passivity and servitude using a biblical story that is central to Jewish worship. It's time for America to complete that story with atonement in the public square, writes A. James Rudin. More from Religion News Service

'Falling Away'

Author of Christian relationship guide says he has lost his faith

Joshua Harris says his marriage is over and has apologized to LGBTQ+ people for promoting bigotry. More from The Guardian




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