RNS Morning Report: Politics of the Messiah; Sister Jean Turns 100; Religions for Peace Elections

President Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Aug. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Need to know: Friday, August 23, 2019

'Chosen One' Pronouncement

Explainer: Trump and the politics of the Messiah

Recent praise of the president has some evangelical leaders reassuring followers that Trump had no delusions about the nature of his mission. But you could see how he might. More from Religion News Service

Celebrity Chaplain

Loyola's Sister Jean celebrates her 100th birthday with scholarship, well wishes

The Loyola basketball chaplain, who won fans during the Ramblers’ run to the Final Four during the 2018 NCAA March Madness tournament, celebrated her 100th birthday Wednesday, Aug. 21. More from Religion News Service

First Woman Secretary-General

Woman chosen to lead Religions for Peace as others urge greater female visibility

Azza Karam, an expert who works with the U.N. on issues of religion and development, succeeds William Vendley, who has held the role since 1994. More from Religion News Service


It’s time for the Boy Scouts of America to reform

When I see a Boy Scout uniform today, I am transported back to the Pacific Northwest where my innocence is stolen again. This is the nature of trauma — the painful gift that keeps on giving without consent, writes Mary DeMuth. More from Religion News Service

Polarizing Rhetoric

I’m an evangelist and a Trump voter. But Trump as the ‘second coming of God’ is blasphemous.

Christians believe and profess that the only true “King of Israel” is God, as clearly stated in Isaiah 44:6, and that he sent his son, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, into this world. That makes the description of Trump as “the second coming of God” shocking, blasphemous and sacrilegious, writes Jay Lowder. More from The Washington Post🔒

Tradition Kitchen

Metro Atlanta group explores Jewish food traditions

“We want to elevate the idea of the home chef, someone like my grandmother Betty, who we called our family’s ‘chief culinary officer,’” Julia Levy added. “We didn’t want those kitchen memories to be lost. And, we’re beginning with Jewish food, because that’s what we know.” More from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution




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