RNS Morning Report: Friends Mourn Darrin Patrick; Uighur Mothers; Jewish Summer Camps Cancelled

Pastor Darrin Patrick. Photo courtesy of Seacoast Church

Need to know: Monday, May 11, 2020

Shock to Friends and Colleagues

Friends mourn Darrin Patrick, megachurch pastor and author, who died of apparent 'self-inflicted gunshot wound'

Darrin Patrick, a megachurch pastor who fell from grace and then returned to ministry, died this week of what appears to be a "self-inflicted gunshot wound," according to Seacoast Church. More from Religion News Service

Public Silence

On Mother’s Day, young Uighurs ask: Where are our moms?

Akida Pulat and other Uighurs suspect their parents have disappeared into this system. In a social media video they plan to publish on Sunday (May 10), she and over half a dozen young Uighurs around the world will demand the release of their mothers. More from Religion News Service

'Bummer of a Summer'

Another heartbreak for American Jews? The cancellation of summer camps.

More than any other institution, camps provide the glue for future Jewish commitments. More from Religion News Service

Drive-In Mother's Day

Pandemic leads churches to celebrate motherhood creatively this Sunday

In the wake of COVID-19, houses of worship are finding creative ways to honor motherhood this Sunday at a time when many churches cannot yet publicly gather. More from Religion News Service


Mary: Our often reimagined, always radical, mother

She is globalized but also localized, a symbol of the conquering religion subversively reinvented by the conquered, writes Kaya Oakes. More from Religion News Service

Religious Employment

Supreme Court weighs whether parochial schools are exempt from fair employment laws

For the second time in as many weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court is tackling a major religion case. This time the question is whether lay teachers at parochial schools are exempt from the nation's fair employment laws. More from NPR