RNS Morning Report: Juneteenth Celebrations; Vatican Environmental Document; DACA Decision

Demonstrators protest near the White House in Washington over the death of George Floyd, June 6, 2020. Juneteenth 2020 will be a day of protest in many places this June 19. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Need to know: Friday, June 19, 2020

Emancipation Celebrations

Faith leaders around the country prepare for historic Juneteenth celebrations

Houses of worship are observing Juneteenth with Black Lives Matter demonstrations, anti-racist workshops and virtual celebrations. More from Religion News Service

From Theory to Practice

With new document, Vatican implements practical steps for environmental sustainability

From promoting environmental studies in schools and universities to eliminating pesticide use at the Vatican, the new document offers an ambitious plan to encourage sustainability around the world. More from Religion News Service

Dreamer Victory

Faith groups applaud Supreme Court DACA decision

‘Today’s Supreme Court decision gives a much-needed reprieve to the many DACA recipients,’ said the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, head of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. ‘ ... Yet we cannot lose sight of what’s really not working here: this was the job of Congress, not the executive or judicial branch.’ More from Religion News Service

Reviving Rituals

Liturgy-hungry young Christians trade altar calls for Communion rails

‘Low’ or ‘free’ church Christians, raised on contemporary worship services with praise bands and dim lights, are seeking out ‘high church’ traditions replete with sacramental rituals and ancient liturgy. More from Religion News Service


The future of the church may belong to the fecund, but not the nuclear family

The church’s focus on the family, renewed in a recent article by Kevin DeYoung, pushes to the margins those whose lives don’t include bearing and rearing children, writes Holly Stallcup. More from Religion News Service

Spiritual Fight

Black religious leaders are up front and central in US protests – as they have been for the last 200 years

From the earliest times of the United States’ history, religious leaders have led the struggle for liberation and racial justice for black Americans. More from The Conversation