RNS Morning Report: North Star Church of the Arts; Death Penalty Sought; Hong Kong Protests

North Star Church of the Arts opened its doors in January 2019, in Durham, N.C. RNS photo by Yonat Shimron

Need to know: Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Leaving a Legacy

A Durham, NC, church sees the arts as its North Star

An old church is refurbished and reimagined to focus on the arts and the ways in which artistic expression can be a vehicle for transcendence. More from Religion News Service

Opposition to Decision

Some Pittsburgh Jews upset by decision to seek death penalty in synagogue attack

Two of the three congregations that met inside the Tree of Life synagogue said they were saddened by the news that federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a gunman who killed 11 Jews at their place of worship last year. More from Religion News Service

'Sing Hallelujah to the Lord'

Christians lend an anthem, and a pacifist spirit, to protests in Hong Kong

Since protests began more than 12 weeks ago over an extradition bill that would allow Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trial, the city's Christian community has taken an active role. More from Religion News Service

Purple Catholicism

Our major parties offer no place for a rising moral middle

Millions of American voters believe that we must uphold the dignity of every human from conception to natural death while ensuring access to food, shelter, education and health care, writes Charles C. Camosy. More from Religion News Service

Flunking Sainthood

With new gun rule, Mormons take a step away from Republican right wing

This marks the latest small step the church has taken away from the GOP, either by tweaking its policies or upholding its usual position to the right of center, while Republicans swing ever further to the right, writes Jana Riess. More from Religion News Service

Innovative Use of Space

Faith and freelancers: Why churches are turning into co-working spaces

Slick flexible working spaces are everywhere, but faith organizations offer a more basic service – with some unconventional benefits. More from The Guardian




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