RNS Morning Report: ELCA Sanctuary Church Body; Booker Condemns Gun Violence; Kings Bay Plowshares 7

Hundreds of attendees at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly march to the ICE building in Milwaukee for a prayer vigil in support of migrant children and their families on Aug. 7, 2019. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

Need to know: Thursday, August 8, 2019

9.5 Theses

ELCA declares self a 'sanctuary church body,' marches to ICE building in Milwaukee

'Marching is fun, words are great, but action makes a difference,' Bishop Paul Erickson of the Greater Milwaukee Synod said. More from Religion News Service

Civic Grace

At victimized Charleston church, Booker condemns gun violence, racism

Invoking God and Christian love, presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker railed against gun violence and racism on Wednesday (Aug. 7) at the site of a 2015 church shooting. More from Religion News Service

Religious Freedom Defense

These Catholics broke into a nuclear base. Now they're asking a judge to drop the charges.

Members of the group known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 face up to 25 years in prison for trespassing on a U.S. Navy base that houses six Trident submarines carrying hundreds of nuclear weapons. More from Religion News Service

Time Claiming Ancient Community

Ravaged by age, shrunk by immigration, India's remaining Jews hang on

The last Jew of childbearing age moved to Israel just months ago, leaving behind a small community of about two dozen elderly people beset daily by tourists. More from Religion News Service

Martini Judaism

America needs a holiday of self-reflection

Americans can learn from the Jews: turn inward, and ask hard questions, writes Jeffrey Salkin. More from Religion News Service

Evolving Faith

Tomorrow's gods: what is the future of religion?

Throughout history, people’s faith and their attachments to religious institutions have transformed, argues Sumit Paul-Choudhury. So what’s next? More from BBC




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