RNS Morning Report: Interfaith Pledge at Lindau; Wade Clark Roof Dies; Frank Pomeroy Runs for Office

Religions for Peace participants process through Lindau, Germany, to dedicate the Ring for Peace sculpture on Aug. 21, 2019. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Need to know: Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Confronting Difficult Problems

Interfaith group pledges to use religion's influence to address climate change, poverty

Azza Karam, the newly elected leader of the interfaith group Religions for Peace, urged delegates to the group's recent World Assembly to harness the power of religion to address climate, nuclear arms, and income inequality. More from Religion News Service

Passing of a Mentor

Trailblazing sociologist of religion Wade Clark Roof dies at 80

Despite his seminal book on religion among Baby Boomers, his former students say Roof’s most lasting presence will likely be felt in those he mentored. More from Religion News Service

State Legislature Campaign

Pastor whose child was shot at Texas church runs for office

Frank Pomeroy had not been outspoken politically in the two years since a discharged Air Force airman with a history of violence opened fire in the church where the gunman's wife and mother-in-law attended, killing 22 people. More from Religion News Service


India ends Kashmir’s separation, giving hope to Hindus looking homeward

In the 1990s, thousands of Pandit homes, businesses and temples were destroyed or occupied, and 350,000 Pandits fled in a mass exodus. So, when earlier this month the Indian government finally abrogated Articles 370 and 35A ... my family celebrated, writes Rajiv Pandit. More from Religion News Service


Why Trump's tweets on Omar and Tlaib go to the heart of American Jewish politics

The president’s recent tweets have capitalized on a tension embedded within two paradigms of the place of Israel in American Jewish life, writes Noam Pianko. More from Religion News Service

'Billy Graham Rule'

A court will decide if a sheriff’s deputy can be fired for refusing to work alone with a woman

A former sheriff’s deputy has filed a lawsuit alleging he was fired over objections to training a female employee alone, elevating a practice named after the late evangelical pastor Billy Graham from a cultural battle to a legal one. More from The Washington Post🔒




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