RNS Morning Report: SBC President on Racism; Catholic Bishops Summit; Seeking Silence

Southern Baptist Convention president J.D. Greear speaks at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., on June 9, 2019. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Need to know: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Confronting History of Racism

Southern Baptist president says racial insensitivity shows disregard for the gospel

'The gospel teaches us that there’s only one kind of person: human,' said J.D. Greear. More from Religion News Service

Resolutions Stalled

Ahead of major meeting, Catholic bishops face pressure to act on abuse crisis

The sex abuse scandal, which continues to roil the church from the parishes to the pope, will likely be the foremost topic of discussion at the three-day U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting (June 11-13). More from Religion News Service

Purple Catholicism

Traditional Christians provoke debate within a new conservative coalition

Despite a public space rigged against their version of the good, traditional Christians do manage to convince people with very different views of the truth of their claims, writes Charles C. Camosy. More from Religion News Service


The struggle to find silence in the ancient monastic world — and now

Christian monasticism developed in part because people were seeking the solace of quiet places. But for them, like us, it was a struggle, writes Kim Haines-Eitzen. More from Religion News Service

Following Tenets of Zabiha

Deep in the Muslim heart of Texas, a farm family provides halal meat

A Houston-area couple is trying to offer a smaller-scale, more humane alternative to conventional slaughterhouses. More from The New York Times

Arrests and Attacks

Sri Lanka responds to Islamist terrorism by terrorizing Muslims

The police are doing little to prevent mob attacks. More from The Economist 🔒