RNS Morning Report: SBC Panel on Diversity; ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ Book; Religious Exemptions to Vaccines

SBC President J.D. Greear speaks on a panel discussion about racial reconciliation during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention at the BJCC, June 11, 2019 in Birmingham, Ala. RNS photo by Butch Dill.

Need to know: Monday, June 17, 2019

Inclusive Agenda

Southern Baptists give greater attention to diversity but acknowledge more needed

'We’re not where we need to be on those things, but I believe a signal has been sent that we believe that’s where we need to go,' said Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear. More from Religion News Service

Dispelling Myths

In new book, Muslim doctor encourages Christians to ‘love thy neighbor’

Facing his rural neighbors who feared the Muslim in their midst, Ayaz Virji spoke to them in a school auditorium. Now his talk is a book titled "Love Thy Neighbor." More from Religion News Service

“Treasures of Ethiopia” Tour

Ethiopia tour for gay, lesbian travelers in jeopardy amid backlash from faith groups

A trip to Ethiopia planned by a Chicago-based tour company for gay and lesbian travelers is in jeopardy amid a backlash primarily from religious groups in the African country, where homosexuality is criminalized. More from Religion News Service

Exemption Eliminated

New York ends religious exemption to vaccine mandates

The measure follows this year's measles outbreak, which federal officials recently said has surpassed 1,000 illnesses, the highest in 27 years. More from Religion News Service

Flunking Sainthood

The incredible shrinking Mormon American family

New research shows that U.S. Mormon families are still larger than the nation’s, but the difference is smaller than it used to be, writes Jana Riess. More from Religion News Service

Event Rescheduled

Progressive church to run drag queen story time after city officials try to stop event

Open Cathedral, an LGBTQ-affirming church in Texas, has rented out a room at the Leander Public Library to make sure the show goes on. More from Huffpost

 

 

 

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