RNS Morning Report: Devotional Guide Released; $25 Million for BBYO; Pa. Prosecutor's Faith

Evicted sharecroppers along Highway 60 in New Madrid County, Mo., in Jan. 1939. Photo by Arthur Rothstein/LOC/Creative Commons

Need to know: Thursday, February 28, 2019

"Legacy of Spiritual Resistance"

Biblical guide marks 400 years since enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia

'Lament and Hope, a Pan-African Devotional Guide' was produced by Bread for the World and is set to be dedicated at a prayer service at a Washington church on the last day of Black History Month. More from Religion News Service

Believing and Understanding

Pennsylvania prosecutor fights clergy sex abuse as she maintains Catholic faith

When local district attorney Kelly Callihan referred an abuse claim against her family’s erstwhile pastor to state authorities, she initiated a series of investigations that renewed the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis nationwide. More from Religion News Service

Initiative Funding

Jewish youth organization nabs $25 million gift to help empower young women

The gift from businessman Theodore Perlman, and his wife, Harriette, will allow BBYO to start a women’s leadership initiative connecting women through their college and early professional careers with mentorship and training. More from Religion News Service

Fighting FGM

Somali sheikh leads a seven-year campaign to end female genital mutilation

With sermons and through local media, Sheikh Ibrahim Hassan has made it his mission to convince parents and girls in his country that FGM is a cultural practice, not a religious one. More from Religion News Service


The Jewish answer to how to punish the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter

I plan to avenge the attack on my husband's synagogue and our community by celebrating our lives as Jews, writes Beth Kissileff. More from Religion News Service

Ancient Art Forms

The Church made vagina sculptures long before Nadia Bolz-Weber

But early Christian yonic art symbolized baptism, not free sex, writes Tish Harrison Warren. More from Christianity Today