RNS Morning Report: Mutual Aid Efforts; Muslim Protester's Booking Photo; Junipero Serra Statues

Laura Porras, right, prepares bags of fresh vegetables as Justin Ruiz, 17, left, and Porras' niece Ana Karen Porras, 14, center, help in the vestibule at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York on May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Need to know: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Sharing Resources

Solidarity, not charity: Why mutual aid reemerged in the pandemic, and is flourishing amid protests

Through mutual aid, activists and faith leaders argue, communities can bring to life a better world — one that is free of hierarchies. More from Religion News Service

Religious Freedoms

After arrest, teenage Muslim protester and volunteer medic made to remove hijab for booking photo

Civil rights advocates are accusing Miami correctional officers of violating the teen’s religious rights. More from Religion News Service

Actions Criticized

California bishops say protesters ‘failed the test’ of history in toppling Junipero Serra statues

The California Catholic Conference said Serra was ‘a man ahead of his times who made great sacrifices to defend and serve the indigenous population.’ More from Religion News Service

Widespread Hesitation

Survey: Most Americans aren’t comfortable going back to religious services

The only religious group comfortable with church reopenings was white evangelicals — strong partisan supporters of the Republican Party and President Donald Trump. More from Religion News Service


We reversed Trump’s immigration policy once. We’re back to fight ‘Remain in Mexico.’

We are relaunching our campaign for those suffering from the United States’ ‘remain in Mexico’ policy, which effectively allows the Trump administration to wash its hands of asylum-seekers while claiming to be pro-life, writes Marlena Graves. More from Religion News Service

Uncertain Futures

The coming “Religion Recession”

As a stir-crazy nation slowly emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, debates about what our “new normal” will be like are intensifying. More from Religion & Politics