RNS Morning Report: Rachel Held Evans; New Harvest Elder Board; Call for Unity

Author Rachel Held Evans. Courtesy photo

Need to know: Monday, May 6, 2019

Beloved Voice

Rachel Held Evans, Christian writer of honesty and humor, dies at age 37

Evans repeatedly made the best-seller lists with wise and funny chronicles of her faith, doubt, honest questions and evolving beliefs. More from Religion News Service

'Start the Healing Process'

Harvest Bible Chapel apologizes as it installs new elder board

The move comes as the Chicago-area megachurch transitions to a new board of elders this week and prepares to move forward under new leaders. More from Religion News Service

Acceptance and Forgiveness

Widower of Emanuel 9 victim, formerly detained pastor call for unity on prayer day

'Tonight we will cry out to God together from this unique place, that God will give America a ‘Love One Another Movement’ that will change the course of this nation,' said National Day of Prayer Task Force President Ronnie Floyd. More from Religion News Service

Civil Rights Activist

'Hesburgh' captures the simple faith and outsized influence of 'Father Ted'

A big-screen chronicle of the civil rights campaigner and Catholic priest known as 'Father Ted' shows how a simple man became a force in troubled times. More from Religion News Service

900 Individuals

Seventh-day Adventists fit into the rhythms — and faiths — of Israeli life

While in other countries the world's 21 million Adventists stand out for their Saturday services and their public evangelism, here in Israel the group can be easy to miss. More from Religion News Service


Remembering a woman of valor: 4 gifts Rachel Held Evans gave us

Instead of throwing out God or church, Rachel Held Evans demonstrated a robust Christian faith outside the bounds of evangelicalism, making sure that world’s gatekeepers don’t have the final say about one’s standing before Christ, Katelyn Beaty writes. More from Religion News Service

Spiritual Detox

Ramadan: ‘It will be a test but the peace you get is beautiful’

A month of fasting brings both challenge and rewards. Three Muslims explain how they combine its spirituality with their busy lives. More from The Guardian