RNS Morning Report: Calls to Address Poverty; Interfaith Welcome in Lindau; Vendley Reflects on Work

Democratic National Committee members join hands as Rev. Dr. William Barber II speaks Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Need to know: Monday, August 26, 2019

'Poverty Touches All'

Rev. William Barber calls on Democrats to host debate on poverty, racism

The progressive activist and pastor called on Democratic Party leaders to do more to address the concerns of poor and low-income Americans. More from Religion News Service

Interfaith Welcome

German town welcomes hundreds from different faiths for food, worship and unity

During breaks in their four-day meeting, many delegates to the Religions for Peace global assembly found time to explore the town of about 25,000 people. More from Religion News Service

Believers & the Public

Outgoing Religions for Peace leader reflects on decades of interfaith cooperation

Retiring interfaith leader William Vendley says faith leaders must focus on the common good — as well as the interests of their own communities — in order to help address issues like climate change, peace and terrorism. More from Religion News Service

Religion Remixed

Glamour and unattainability is out. Spiritual refreshment is in

Today’s advertisements are designed to evoke different and more numinous emotions: spiritual well-being, an inward journey, a moral sensibility. We’re buying the very things that organized religion used to provide us for free, writes Tara Isabella Burton. More from Religion News Service


Why Trump — and some of his followers — believe he is the Chosen One

Trump’s two announcements this week reveal why some evangelicals see him as 'God’s Chosen One' — a King Cyrus-like figure, anointed by God to save America from cultural collapse, writes Anthea Butler. More from Religion News Service

Persecution & Harassment

When swimming as a Muslim woman becomes a political act

Muslim women have been intimidated, harassed and kicked out for wearing modest bathing suits across America. More from Huffpost




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