RNS Morning Report: Death Positive Movement; Muslim Group Endorsement of Sanders; John Ortberg

J. Dana Trent shows a medicine wheel in her World Religion class at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Jan. 30, 2020. RNS photo by Yonat Shimron

Need to know: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

'Death Positive Movement'

J. Dana Trent is on a mission to discuss death with the post-Millennial generation

Her fascination with death is part of a growing movement whose adherents believe in wresting control of death from the funeral industry and breaking the silence around death through frank discussions. More from Religion News Service

Primary Support

Sanders wins endorsement from Muslim group, Iowa's only Muslim state legislator

The Vermont senator received an endorsement from Muslim Caucus in America and its advisory committee member Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, a Des Moines native. More from Religion News Service

Decisions Questioned

Pastor John Ortberg allowed volunteer who was attracted to minors to work with children

John Ortberg, megachurch pastor and author, apologized for not banning a volunteer who confessed to being attracted to children. More from Religion News Service


Learning trust in the sharing economy

The sharing economy is removing traditional social barriers and engendering trust. What can we learn from this as Christians, writes Christina Crook. More from Religion News Service

Flunking Sainthood

Mormons (and everyone else) will soon have access to the Church's Handbook

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is going to make one single policy handbook publicly available, ending decades of secrecy and, frankly, confusion, writes Jana Riess. More from Religion News Service

Emerging Faith

Mark Zuckerberg tells tech conference he has ‘become more religious’

He attributed his religious evolution to the issues his company has faced over the last few years and the birth of his two daughters. More from The Jerusalem Post