RNS Morning Report: Q Ideas Talks on COVID-19; URJ Staff Cuts; Book on Female Buddha of Tibet

From left, Gabe Lyons, Rebekah Lyons and Josh Axe, in an image posted on Rebekah Lyons’ Instagram.

Need to know: Friday, May 15, 2020

Unsubstantiated Alternatives

Q Ideas, Gabe Lyons host talk claiming essential oils can stop coronavirus

“A vaccine — again, that’s not the ultimate solution,” Joshua Axe said. More from Religion News Service

Crushing Cuts

Reform Jewish umbrella group cuts staff by 20% due to COVID-19

The staff reductions by the Union for Reform Judaism, and the movement's overall financial situation, some experts say, are indicative of a broader pattern in American Judaism.  More from Religion News Service

Practical Meditations

A new book on Tara explores a portal to the divine in a female form

Author Rachael Wooten hopes Tara’s different emanations can help people overcome suffering and cultivate compassion, even if they never embrace Buddhism. More from Religion News Service


Giving back to those who serve: Caring for our faith leaders

Those who lead our faith communities need to know they too can reach out for support and help when needed, write Melinda Moore and Glen Bloomstrom. More from Religion News Service

Signs of the Times

American Catholics, meet the Communion service

The coronavirus may force American Catholics to experience what liturgical life is like in the Amazon, where there are few priests and many faithful, writes Thomas Reese. More from Religion News Service

Here Comes the Sun

Want to watch the summer solstice at Stonehenge? This year, it’s going virtual

Sunrise at the prehistoric monument will be livestreamed amid the coronavirus pandemic. More from Huffpost