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RNS Morning Report: First Black Woman Chaplain Colonel; Kenosha Vigil; Shofar Lessons During COVID

The Rev. Maurice Lawson, left, and Aretha Denard, right, change the jacket shoulder insignia for Chaplain (Col.) Monica R. Lawson, center, during her promotion ceremony to colonel on Sept. 2, 2020, at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Photo courtesy of USACHCS

Need to know: Friday, September 4, 2020

Army makes history promoting Black woman chaplain to colonel

Chaplain (Col.) Monica R. Lawson said: ‘just in case you didn’t figure it out, it took us 245 years for this moment to happen.’

Kenosha prayer vigil at ELCA church calls for confession, lament and justice for Jacob Blake

About 200 people — including the head of the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States — gathered Wednesday (Sept. 2) at a prayer vigil in Kenosha to confess and lament the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Shofar lessons are becoming a pre-holiday necessity in the age of coronavirus

Jewish law requires that the shofar be heard in person. But with synagogues shuttered because of the coronavirus, many Jews are dusting off old ritual objects and taking online lessons.

‘Kayak Church’ gathers Pennsylvania church in person — and on the water — amid pandemic

More than two dozen people joined a brightly colored flotilla for Kayak Church on Sunday (Aug. 30) as Faith United Church of Christ.

Biden, in Kenosha, says U.S. confronting ‘original sin’

"We're finally now getting to the point where we're going to be addressing the original sin of this country, 400 years old … slavery and all the vestiges of it," Biden said at Grace Lutheran Church, where he met with community leaders.

Voter guides show the power and duplicity of American evangelicalism

At one point, conservative political outreach to pastors may have led with church teachings or Bible passages. But it’s clear that conservatives are seeking engagement simply in order to make Christians more conservative, writes Angela Denker.



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600 faith leaders sign letter urging California governor to stop transfer of incarcerated people to ICE

Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity said Gov. Gavin Newsom can stop the transfers of detainees from state prisons to immigration detention facilities by issuing an executive order.

World Vision convenes yearlong racial justice initiative for church staffers

More than 950 individuals have registered to attend free monthly sessions that will feature Asian, Black and Latina experts on cross-cultural and multiethnic relations.

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Nike, don’t make me choose between Liverpool FC and the Uighurs

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