RNS Morning Report: LA Lakers Chaplain; Willow Creek Leadership Search; Gwen Ifill Remembered

People gather at a memorial near Staples Center after the death of Laker legend Kobe Bryant Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

Need to know: Friday, January 31, 2020

Grief Counseling

After Kobe Bryant’s death, Lakers’ chaplain seeks Scripture to help cope with tragic loss

Los Angeles Lakers chaplain Romell Witherspoon said he will pray and reflect as he prepares for Friday night’s game at Staples Center between the Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers. More from Religion News Service

Search Continues

Senior pastor candidates, interim pastor out at Willow Creek

Elders have released the final two senior pastor candidates they were considering to replace founding pastor Bill Hybels, who retired early in 2018 amid allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse of power. More from Religion News Service

Black Heritage Stamp

Journalist Gwen Ifill remembered with stamp at her Washington church

Known for moderating election-season debates, Ifill was the daughter of parents who were from the Caribbean and became deeply involved in the AME Church. More from Religion News Service

'Bringing Faith onto the Court'

A Muslim women’s netball team brings competition — and a sense of inclusion

Two years ago, Muslim students founded a netball club for women in their university’s Islamic society. Since then, the team has grown to an interuniversity club, with Muslims at over a dozen U.K. institutions involved. More from Religion News Service

Opinion

Jack Van Impe: Prophet of doom who gave true believers hope

Many Christians will dearly miss Jack Van Impe’s preaching on the apocalypse, but they can be comforted that his death will certainly not mean an end to his message of hope, and warning, writes John E. "Jay" Phelan Jr. More from Religion News Service

Faith Considerations

Catholics consider presidential candidates ahead of Iowa caucuses

In Dubuque, a majority of working-class Catholic voters flipped from Democrat to Republican in 2016 — for the first time since Dwight Eisenhower. Will Democrats draw them back in 2020? More from NPR

 

 

 

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