RNS Morning Report: Latino Christian Activism; New Willow Creek Allegations; Falwell on 'Vexit'

Allen Hernandez’s arm tattoos illustrate his shared Christian and indigenous identity. RNS photo by Alejandra Molina

Need to know: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

'Spiritual Borderlands'

For some Latinos, grappling with their Christian identity can be complicated

In his upcoming book, 'Brown Church,' UCLA professor Robert Chao Romero highlights a 500-year history of Latino Christian social justice activism in Latin America and the United States. More from Religion News Service

Allegations Emerge

Willow Creek confirms abuse allegations against Hybels' mentor Gilbert Bilezikian

Willow Community Church confirmed that a former mentor of former pastor Bill Hybels has been accused of sexual misconduct. More from Religion News Service

Secession Support

Liberty University's Falwell throws support behind 'Vexit'

'We have a rare opportunity to make history in our time,' Jerry Falwell Jr. said. More from Religion News Service

Debate Reconsidered

Liberty University's debate between religious liberals and conservatives hits a snag

'I think it’s telling that Falwell Jr. wants to talk about the dangers of social Christianity without talking to us,' said the Rev. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. More from Religion News Service

Signs of the Times

Pope Francis remakes the American hierarchy, one bishop at a time

In the appointment of a new archbishop for Philadelphia, the U.S. church has traded a longtime conservative intellectual leader for a pastoral bishop who is most comfortable being with his people, writes Thomas Reese. More from Religion News Service

British Backlash

Venue boots Franklin Graham event after protests from LGBTQ community

A U.K. conference center says U.S. evangelist Franklin Graham is no longer welcome to preach at the arena, citing statements the Christian leader has made that its staff deemed “incompatible with our values.” More from Huffpost