RNS Morning Report: Streetside Blessings in NYC; President LaKeesha Walrond; Catholic …

The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser, left, blesses Russell Lupis outside Church of the Incarnation on Madison Avenue in New York City on June 25, 2019. RNS photo by Yonat Shimron

Need to know: Friday, June 28, 2019

Streetside Blessings

On Madison Avenue, an Episcopal priest blesses passersby

The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser is well aware most of the people she blesses will never enter the 155-year-old Episcopal sanctuary in the Murray Hill neighborhood — let alone sign up for membership. But that's not the point. More from Religion News Service

Diversity Within Leadership

LaKeesha Walrond, new black woman seminary president breaking ‘glass ceilings’

The new president of New York Theological Seminary talked about her diverse student body, her concerns about child sexual abuse and her support of open-mindedness among her students. More from Religion News Service

Canon and Secular Law

Why are Catholic schools firing gay teachers — and how can one refuse?

Two Catholic high schools in Indiana have been ordered to fire openly gay teachers. One did; the other vows to carry its protest against the order to the Vatican. What is going on? More from Religion News Service


Seeing Jesus in the migrants at the border

Jesus saw Óscar and Valeria. Jesus saw the woman and the three little children who died in the desert. He sees all of the crowds of migrants, harassed and helpless and fleeing from a home they can no longer stay in to journey to a place they have never been. He wants us to see them too, writes Alan Cross. More from Religion News Service


Today’s perfectionists can find healing in the Sacred Heart

Why did some of the best-known saints see meditating on and imitating the heart of Jesus as the key to their victory over perfectionism? Colleen Carroll Campbell writes. More from Religion News Service

Intergenerational Conflict

Will young evangelicals come back to church?

The 18-to-29-year-olds missing from predominantly white evangelical churches span two generations. Using the Pew Research Center’s breakdown of U.S. generations, this cohort includes younger millennials and older members of Generation Z. More from Religion & Politics




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