RNS Morning Report: Mohler on Slavery Comment; UMC Conference Postponed; Congregational Singing

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, speaks with the press on Oct. 5, 2015, in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Emil Handke, courtesy of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Need to know: Monday, May 18, 2020

History on Race Revealed

Al Mohler, Southern Baptist leader, says he was ‘stupid’ to defend slavery in 1998 CNN interview

The Rev. Al Mohler, longtime Southern Baptist leader, repudiated past comments defending slavery, calling them ‘stupid,’ says he is ashamed of seminary title with a link to slaveholder. More from Religion News Service

Pandemic Pause

United Methodists would've met this week to consider a split. What are they doing instead?

Many US United Methodist leaders see the delay as a blessing, allowing more time and cooler heads to consider a split. Others are concerned about ongoing damage after decades of debate over the role of LGBTQ Christians in the church. More from Religion News Service

Urging Extreme Caution

Clergy, scientists grapple with thoughts of worship without congregational singing

‘Singing together is a big deal,’ said a Philadelphia pastor. More from Religion News Service

Plight of the Refugee

Pope Francis dedicates message to the internally displaced during pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has heightened concerns for those who are internally displaced. They often lack health services and information to prevent the spread of diseases. More from Religion News Service


Let fat people speak for themselves — that’s the way you end ‘fatphobia’

I wish The Liturgists’ recent podcast episode had not just talked about fat people, but talked with fat people. I am, however, grateful for the conversations it has sparked, writes J. Nicole Morgan. More from Religion News Service

Progressive Spirit

Remembering Georgianna Glose, a Brooklyn nun and activist

Georgianna Glose, an outspoken advocate for the poor and disadvantaged and a nun who sounded the alarm on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, was a fixture in her longtime Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood of Fort Greene. More from NPR