RNS Morning Report: Racism a Public Health Crisis; Neighborhood Introspection; UMC Calls for Prayer

People demonstrate for racism to be deemed a public health crisis in San Bernardino County, California, June 2, 2020. Photo courtesy of Inland Congregations United for Change

Need to know: Thursday, June 11, 2020

County Resolution

Faith-driven activism is pushing this California county to declare racism a public health crisis

This effort emerged the last week of May, days after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police during an arrest.  More from Religion News Service

'Cultural Transformation Needed'

Floyd’s death spurs debate on how immigrants should run stores in black neighborhoods

Muslim communities are debating the ethical duties of immigrants who own businesses in black neighborhoods, from using caution in calling police to creating healthier food ecosystems. More from Religion News Service

Stand Against Racism

United Methodist bishops affirm protests, call members to pray twice daily for 8 minutes, 46 seconds

Bishops encouraged United Methodists to act to end racism by spending 8 minutes and 46 seconds in prayer at 8:46 a.m. and 8:46 p.m. each day for at least the next 30 days, among other things. More from Religion News Service

Broadus Gavel Concerns

Retire gavel named for slaveholder, Southern Baptist President J.D. Greear says

Greear said he had felt uneasy using the gavel at the 2019 meeting in Birmingham, Alabama. More from Religion News Service

Religion Remixed

‘Safetyism’ only means words have real consequences

Better that the Times, that any paper, recognize its own subjectivity, take a clear editorial stand and recognize itself as an inherently ideological vector, writes Tara Isabella Burton. More from Religion News Service

Grassroots Efforts

After George Floyd's death, a groundswell of religious activism

George Floyd’s death has triggered a groundswell of outrage and activism by religious leaders and faith-based groups across the United States, reminiscent of what occurred during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. More from Reuters