RNS Morning Report: Chicano Catholic Activists; Multiracial Churches; Abrahamic Faiths Initiative

Católicos por La Raza members demonstrate in Los Angeles, circa 1970. Photo courtesy of UCLA CSRC

Need to know: Friday, January 17, 2020

Activist Reunion

50 years later, Chicano Catholic activists recall their midnight Mass clash with police

Chicanos in Los Angeles commemorate a 1969 confrontation with the Catholic Church that urged religious leaders to stand with the Mexican American community. More from Religion News Service

Integrating Services

Multiracial churches growing, but challenging for clergy of color

'Pain is a part of the growth,' said the black pastor of a multiethnic Southern Baptist church in Utah. More from Religion News Service

'Activating Noble Potential'

Religions can be part of the solution for peace, not the problem, faith leaders say

The Abrahamic Faiths Initiative group united 25 religious leaders representing Christian, Muslim and Jewish faithful to discuss practical ways of promoting peace and fraternity at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome this week. More from Religion News Service

Progressive Engagement

Faith in Action gears up for 2020 election season, with a focus on local offices

'The progressive community has to get it straight: Faith matters,' the Rev. Alvin Herring said. More from Religion News Service

Flunking Sainthood

3 'glass-half-full' news items about Mormon growth

The LDS church's growth may be slowing, but research shows that 2019 saw more missionaries, more temples and more reactivating of lapsed members around the world, writes Jana Riess. More from Religion News Service

Strategic Designations

Major evangelical nonprofits are trying a new strategy with the IRS that allows them to hide their salaries

Several major evangelical organizations have in recent years moved to a new strategy where they shift from a nonprofit status to a “church” status with the IRS, allowing them to keep private exactly how their money is being spent and the salaries of their most highly paid employees. More from The Washington Post🔒