RNS Morning Report: Eliud Kipchoge’s Marathon; Methodist Clergyman Accused; Walt …

Eliud Kipchoge celebrates as he crosses the finish line Oct. 12, 2019, in Vienna to make history as the first human being to run a marathon in under two hours. (Bob Martin/The INEOS 1:59 Challenge via AP)

Need to know: Friday, October 18, 2019

Unifying Race

Kenyans see ‘hand of God’ in Kipchoge’s record-breaking marathon run

The two-hour marathon barrier has finally been broken. As Eliud Kipchoge arrived back home in Nairobi on Wednesday, fellow citizens pointed to a 'hand of God' in his sub-two-hour run on Saturday in Vienna. More from Religion News Service

Formal Complaint Filed

United Methodist clergyman accused of sexual misconduct, says UMNS report

Four women have accused the Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman — a United Methodist elder who is well known in interfaith circles — of sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse, according to the United Methodist News Service. More from Religion News Service

'Defies Evangelical Stereotype'

National Association of Evangelicals names new president, diverse leadership

Kim, an Asian American, is part of a diverse leadership for the umbrella organization that reflects 'the growing edge of evangelicalism is significantly in minority communities and churches,' said the outgoing president. More from Religion News Service

Rise of the 'Nones'

Pew report: Older US Christians being quickly replaced by young ‘nones’

The latest survey shows Christians have declined by 12 percentage points over the past decade. More from Religion News Service

Spiritual Politics

How William Barr, culture warrior, weaponizes religious liberty

In a speech at Notre Dame, the U.S. attorney general put personal morality — and personal religious liberty — above the more traditional Catholic concern for social problems, writes Mark Silk. More from Religion News Service

Bureaucratic Adversity

For Yemenis fleeing war, the U.S. “Muslim Ban” means a high price and dangerous wa …

For more than a decade, Yemenis seeking to reunite their families have been subject to added burdens, such as providing years of financial data proving family support, DNA tests to prove paternity and maternity, and having to sue the U.S. government to move a file forward from a stalled position. More from Religion & Politics




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