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RNS Morning Report: Duke Senate Rejects Young Life; Rebuilding after Dorian; Lakewood Neighbors

Duke Chapel, center, sits at the heart of the Gothic-style campus in Durham, N.C. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Need to know: Monday, September 16, 2019

Duke University’s student government rejects Young Life over LGBTQ policies

The decision comes amid an ongoing clash nationwide between religious student groups and colleges and universities that have added more robust nondiscrimination policies.

After Dorian, Baptist leader and Bahamas native sees devastation, resilience

The Progressive National Baptist president said of some churches after the hurricane: 'Even the ones that were serving as shelters, most of them have been compromised.'

New Jersey town fights anti-Semitic image to become model for neighbors

A center for Jewish learning for 75 years, the rapidly expanding suburb deployed professional mediators and civic pride to heal a community divide.

Parenting after faith shift, progressive Christians look for new resources

Faith shifts can raise even more questions for millennials and other young adults as they begin to have children.

Faith like a child: An interview with a ‘childist’ biblical scholar

Julie Faith Parker, associate professor of biblical studies at General Theological Seminary in New York City, is one of the pioneering scholars in the field of childist biblical interpretation — a term she helped introduce in biblical studies in the last decade.

5 tips for churches on how to hold onto millennials and GenZ

With more young adults emptying the pews, new research from the Barna Group shows what some churches are doing right for Millennials and GenZ, writes Jana Riess.

A 117-year-old synagogue burned to the ground. Police say they’ve charged a man with arson

A 117-year-old synagogue in Duluth burned to the ground Monday. Four days later, police arrested a 36-year-old man for allegedly setting the fire that destroyed the oldest modern orthodox synagogue in northern Minnesota.



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Missouri investigation: 12 ex-clergy could face prosecution

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