RNS Morning Report: Gen Z Muslim Publication; Black Churches and COVID-19; Italian Trans Community

Lead editor Ameena Qobrtay, from left, graphics lead Shayma Al-Shiri, and editor-in-chief Ameer Al-Khatahtbeh are based in New Jersey and New York City. Image courtesy of Muslim

Need to know: Friday, May 1, 2020

Fresh Voices

Meet Muslim, a new online publication for the Gen Z ummah

Last week, student journalist and internet culture obsessive Ameer Al-Khatahtbeh launched Muslim, a digital publication for Muslim teens and young adults. More from Religion News Service

Crucial Connections

Black churches, via phones and Facebook, bridging digital divide amid COVID-19

‘This is definitely new territory,’ said an associate minister in rural South Carolina. ‘We’ve learned to do things that we never thought we’d do.’ More from Religion News Service

Almoner Answers

Pope Francis helps a small trans community financially struggling due to the pandemic

Many of the transgender women are sex workers and have been left with no income to pay rent or bills since Italy enacted a national quarantine in early March. More from Religion News Service

Spiritual Politics

Mayor de Blasio and 'the Jewish community'

The mayor's angry tweet raises the question of whether there actually is a Jewish community, writes Mark Silk. More from Religion News Service

Religion Remixed

Present tense: Worshipping and performing in the digital age

How we inhabit, explore and become vulnerable in spaces traditionally understood as ‘disembodied’ or ‘low stakes’ is among the most important artistic questions of our digital age, writes Tara Isabella Burton. More from Religion News Service

Deeper Ties

A quarter of Americans, and a majority of black Protestants, say their religious faith has deepened because of the coronavirus

Pew Research found the trend of strengthened faith primarily among Americans who are already religious -- people who frequently pray, attend services in normal times and rate religion as important to them. More from The Washington Post🔒