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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

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.

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.

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

More than any other institution, camps provide the glue for future Jewish commitments.

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.

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.

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.



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New Jersey man accused of ramming Muslim woman’s car

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Malaysian Buddhists celebrate Vesak from home during pandemic

With all temples in Malaysia closed to the public in an effort to curb the coronavirus outbreak, the country’s 5.4 million Buddhists — the second largest faith group in the mostly Muslim nation — observed Vesak, or Buddha Day, from home this year.

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From Vietnam to the coronavirus pandemic, lies still kill

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Ahmaud Arbery died for the indefensible principle of white control

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