RNS Morning Report: Pope Francis at Davos; Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott; Contemporary Worship Music

Cardinal Peter Turkson delivers a message from Pope Francis to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. RNS photo by Claire Giangravé

Need to know: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

'One Human Family'

Pope Francis tells the powerful at Davos to focus on humanity, not power, profit

'The overriding consideration, never to be forgotten, is that we are all members of the one human family,' the pope said in a message read to participants at the World Economic Forum. More from Religion News Service

Political and Pastoral

Iowa pastor says running for office is a test of faith

'It's just a really good experience to know what it's like to be an outsider, to be a stranger, to be asking for people's welcome,' the Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott said. More from Religion News Service


'Hymn for the 81%': A conversation with Daniel Deitrich

A lot of contemporary worship music doesn’t offer the best theology, but 'Hymn for the 81%,' by a South Bend, Indiana, worship leader, has gone viral with a cocktail of prophetic fire and Christ-like grace, writes Shane Claiborne. More from Religion News Service

Religion Remixed

Gwyneth Paltrow trolls the wellness industry

Unlike other companies that commodify our spiritual yearnings, Goop exists apart from the question of whether anyone has ever actually bought any of its products, writes Tara Isabella Burton. More from Religion News Service


United Methodist Schism and the ‘Protocol’ of 2020

One wonders if United Methodists, including those who signed the “protocol,” increasingly understand that “breaking up [really] is hard to do," writes William B. Lawrence. More from Religion News Service

Interfaith Protests

Protesting women in India are uniting Muslims, Hindus and religious minorities

The Citizenship Amendment Act, passed on Dec. 12, grants citizenship to refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan but excludes Muslims. The law has triggered massive demonstrations across the country, many of them led by university students, but the protest in Shaheen Bagh has caught everyone’s attention because it has become a unifying rally led by women in a fragmented society. More from The Hill




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