RNS Morning Report: CA Pentecost Reopening Push; Sunday School at Home; Q&A with Rev. Graham

Pastor Dan Carroll speaks during a Church United news conference at Water of Life Community Church in Fontana, California, on May 7, 2020. Video screengrab via Church United

Need to know: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Defiant Worship

Christian leaders push for Pentecost reopening in California

The church leaders are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to bump religious services to stage two, which the state began moving into on Friday (May 8). More from Religion News Service

Social Comforts

From flannelgraphs to Zoom, churches bring Sunday school home

As the coronavirus continues to upend daily life in the United States, churches and Christian leaders are finding ways to relieve anxious kids and overwhelmed parents online. More from Religion News Service

'Let's Live Our Life'

‘We’ve got to move on’: Q&A with Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham talks about his Christian relief charity's Central Park field hospital and reopening the country. More from Religion News Service

Flunking Sainthood

When Mormon women can't have the sacrament

This spring, I and several million other Latter-day Saint women have lost access to the sacrament, but it’s not because we have sinned, writes Jana Riess. More from Religion News Service

Religion Remixed

In lockdown, our longing for the world could be the antidote to our spiritual anorexia

I’ve started cycling again. It’s exercise not as expensive commodity but an embrace of what it means to be in the world, writes Tara Isabella Burton. More from Religion News Service

Ancient History

How the Buddha got his face

His image is so commonplace that you could believe it must always have existed — yet for six centuries after his death, he was never once depicted in human form. More from The New York Times