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RNS Morning Report: Elder Care in Japan; Muhaymin Jr. Body Cam Video; Derecho Storm Response

A meal is served to residents at the Crossheart Saiwai Kawasaki nursing home in Kawasaki, Japan, in September 2019. Photo by Noel Rojo

Need to know: Friday, August 21, 2020

Masue Katayama: Changing nursing care industry in Japan with kindness

Inspired by her Catholic faith, the ‘social entrepreneur’ is not only one of Japan’s few female CEOs but one of the most innovative providers of elderly care in the world.

Body cam video released in 2017 police killing of Muhammad Muhaymin Jr: ‘Allah? He’s not going to help you’

Advocates are intensifying demands that Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the killing.

In Iowa, hard-hit churches and faith-based organizations rally to help out in wake of derecho storm

In Iowa, churches are working together and partnering with faith-based organizations from across the country to offer aid after the unusual windstorm, called a derecho, that traveled from South Dakota to Ohio on Aug. 10.

Rabbi Michael Beals was leading a prayer service. Then Joe Biden showed up.

In a video to air at the Democratic National Convention, Beals recounts the time Biden showed up unannounced at a shiva prayer service for an elderly woman who lived in a subsidized senior citizen high-rise.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib joins Congressional Freethought Caucus

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, one of the first Muslim women in Congress, has joined the Congressional Freethought Caucus.

By embracing faith, Joe Biden and the Democrats have the potential to transform American politics

The past four days have emphasized the Democratic Party’s commitment to religious outreach and that has the potential to transform all of American politics, writes Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons.

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Biden friend Sen. Coons to elevate faith on convention stage

(AP) — Coons is optimistic about Biden's ability to reshape faith issues in a way that Democrats can connect to their spiritual beliefs.

Christian groups unveil new criminal justice reform push

(RNS) — The police killings of George Floyd and other Black Americans galvanized engagement by faith leaders from multiple denominations to press for criminal justice reform.

2,500 evangelicals sign pandemic statement warning: Don’t ignore science

The statement, drafted by BioLogos, sends a pointed message: ‘ … when Dr. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, tells us what scientists have learned about this infectious disease, he should be listened to.’

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To prevent the next Christian scandal, shrink the integrity gap

(RNS) — Jerry Falwell Jr.’s current crisis shows how leaders often choose to ignore the expanding distance between what they preach and how they live.

In ‘Life After the Pandemic,’ Pope Francis hopes COVID-19 will change us

(RNS) — In a compilation of recent speeches, the pope expresses his fear that the COVID era will increase ‘the selfishness of particular interests.’

America’s house will crumble if we don’t repair our racist divide

Why do Black Lives Matter? Because for all of American history, as an important new book catalogs, they simply didn't, writes Jeffrey Salkin.