RNS Morning Report: No Ban Act; Prepackaged Communion; Bethel Discourages Hospital Visits

Demonstrators at a rally outside the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020, in Richmond, Va. President Donald Trump's travel ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries is going back before a federal appeals court. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Need to know: Thursday, March 12, 2020

Discrimination Concerns

House Democrats push for No Ban Act, as White House threatens veto over coronavirus

This week the Democrat-controlled House is scheduled to vote on the NO BAN Act, even as the White House argues that the bill could impede the government’s ability to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. More from Religion News Service

Pandemic Adaptation

With coronavirus concerns, sales up for prepackaged Communion cups and wafers

‘What we’re trying to do is minimize any kind of unnecessary touch here,’ said the Rev. Justin Coleman, pastor of a North Carolina church. More from Religion News Service

Ministerial Precautions

Bethel still believes in miracles but discourages hospital visits for healing prayer

The church is discouraging Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry students — who evangelize to strangers as they learn to pray and to heal the sick — from visiting health care settings. More from Religion News Service

Opinion

When church hymns don’t grieve with us

It’s hard to find solace in church when the hymns are mostly in major keys. In times of grieving, the Psalms can comfort us in the losses we all experience, writes David Taylor. More from Religion News Service

Martini Judaism

Democratic party hits control-alt-delete

The anti-Israel agenda? It is not a good look, and it is not winning, writes Jeffrey Salkin. More from Religion News Service

Anxiety Increases

National Cathedral and hundreds of churches in Maryland, D.C., Virginia to close for two weeks

Episcopal churches in the District and the Maryland and Virginia suburbs — including Washington National Cathedral — are suspending worship services for two weeks because of the coronavirus. More from The Washington Post🔒