RNS Morning Report: Taylor U. President Resigns; New Greek Orthodox Leader; Bladensbur …

Vice President Mike Pence, left, at the 2019 Taylor University commencement at the invitation of President Lowell Haines, right. Photo courtesy of Taylor University

Need to know: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Departure Announced

Taylor University president resigns after hosting VP Pence as commencement speaker

Taylor University President Paul Lowell Haines has resigned from the nondenominational Christian university a month after it hosted Vice President Mike Pence as commencement speaker. More from Religion News Service

Archbishop Installed

Greek Orthodox church in US gets 1st new leader in 20 years

Elpidophoros was unanimously elected by senior Greek Orthodox officials last month to succeed Archbishop Demetrios, who recently retired at age 91 after serving in the post since 1999. More from Religion News Service


The Supreme Court made the Bladensburg Cross a special case. Let’s keep it that …

In deciding to allow a Christian cross to stay on a Maryland highway, the court rejected some of the extreme arguments that may have had more far-reaching consequences for the Establishment Clause, writes Amanda Tyler. More from Religion News Service

Teacher Terminated

Indiana Catholic school fires gay teacher, caving to archdiocese

Cathedral High School in Indianapolis said the “agonizing decision” to follow Archbishop Charles Thompson’s mandate came after months of dialogue. More from Huffpost

'Operation Burkini'

Muslim women defy ban to swim in burkinis at French pool

In a protest inspired by US civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, Muslim women bathed in suits covering their entire bodies - apart from the face, hands and feet - in the city of Grenoble on Sunday. More from BBC




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