RNS Morning Report: Jerusalem Pride Parade; Jennifer Berry Hawes; Repurposing Houses of Worship

Thousands of people marched through the streets of Jerusalem in the city’s annual gay pride parade, a festival that exposes deep divisions between Israel’s secular and Jewish ultra-Orthodox camps. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Need to know: Friday, June 7, 2019

Pride and Prejudice

Jerusalem pride parade draws thousands, guarded by police

Jerusalem's parade draws thousands of LGBTQ Israelis and their allies, to an event guarded by thousands of police. Unlike in Tel Aviv, known as one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the world, Jerusalem's residents aren't always welcoming. Its pride parade has sparked controversy and, in at least one case, violence, in the past. More from Religion News Service

“Grace Will Lead Us Home”

Mother Emanuel’s forgiveness narrative is ‘complicated,’ says reporter-turned-author

'The churches themselves are as segregated as ever,' Jennifer Berry Hawes says of Charleston, S.C. 'What has changed is that there are efforts to bridge divides between the people in those churches.' More from Religion News Service

Innovation and Revival

In St. Louis, former houses of worship are retooled to meet the city's needs

Many retired but architecturally significant houses of worship are surviving by converting to new uses that benefit their neighborhoods or cities in ways their original congregants might approve but never imagined. More from Religion News Service

"We Are Not Safe Here"

Forced conversions, marriages spike in Pakistan

'The ugly reality of forced conversions is that they are not seen as a crime, much less as a problem that should concern ‘mainstream’ (Muslim) Pakistan,' said Mehdi Hasan, chairperson of the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. More from Religion News Service


Why I used to believe in the prosperity gospel like Kenneth Copeland believes

I grew up in the prosperity gospel. I lived it, believed it and bankrolled it. Here's why people are so tempted by it, writes Costi W. Hinn. More from Religion News Service

Service Sentence

Mom who encouraged kids to spew hatred at Arizona mosque sentenced to probation

Tahnee Savanna Gonzales apologized for setting a poor example for her children at the Islamic Community Center of Tempe last year. More from Huffpost