RNS Morning Report: Churches Weigh Reopening; ‘Trump Bump’ Ends; Singer Charles Billingsley

Pastor Bill Bailey preaches to his congregation during a drive-in Easter service at the Happy Gospel Center Church in Bradenton, Florida, Sunday, April 12, 2020. As states begin to end lockdowns, churches are figuring out what that means for them. Hundreds of pastors joined a video conference call organized by the Florida Family Policy Council on Thursday to discuss how to reopen services to potentially thousands of people. That includes asking people to cover their faces for a baptism or limiting the number of people at a funeral. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Need to know: Monday, May 4, 2020

Difficult Choices

As states ease lockdown restrictions, churches must decide when — and how — to reopen

For now, many are choosing to stay closed, even as they try to make plans for what a reopening will look like. More from Religion News Service

Fading 'Rally Effect'

Poll: The ‘Trump bump’ is over, especially among white Christians

Among white evangelicals, Trump’s favorability ratings fell to 66% from a high of 77% in March when the coronavirus first began spreading across the country. More from Religion News Service

'Feeling Way, Way Better'

Singer Charles Billingsley, COVID-19 survivor, on worship in the hardest times

The worship songwriter said ‘for several weeks there, every time I'd try to sing, I would cough.’ More from Religion News Service


Unequal suffering: Here's how Congress should help

While each of us has borne a variety of new burdens and dangers during this pandemic, those burdens are by no means distributed equally, writes Jim Wallis. More from Religion News Service


Ramadan in the quiet spaces

We don’t need a crowd and we don’t need the vast expanse of the prayer hall. God is with us wherever we pray, writes Ruth Nasrullah. More from Religion News Service

Gathering Backlash

Why singling out a Hasidic funeral won’t make the community healthier

A crowded funeral that violated social distancing rules is itself a symptom of bigger issues in the community that are getting overlooked. More from Huffpost