RNS Morning Report: 'The Honest Struggle' Film; Retiring NAE Head; Chaplains in America

Green ReEntry housemates pray together in the film 'The Honest Struggle.' Photo courtesy of 'The Honest Struggle'

Need to know: Monday, December 2, 2019

Barriers to Re-entry

Film follows ‘honest struggle’ of formerly incarcerated Muslims reentering society

The documentary follows Sadiq Davis’ journey to build a new life as a faithful Muslim in the South Side of Chicago after 24 years behind bars. More from Religion News Service

Defined by Faith

Retiring NAE head Leith Anderson: Evangelicals not just white or political

‘I want the standard to be what the Bible teaches, not what the polls report,’ said Leith Anderson, outgoing president of the National Association of Evangelicals. More from Religion News Service

Changing Circumstances

As Americans become less religious, the role of chaplains may grow

As fewer people identify with a specific religion and as houses of faith experience a drop in attendance, some religious scholars expect that in the next number of years people will be more likely to meet a chaplain than a local clergyperson. More from Religion News Service

Martini Judaism

Was Mister Rogers the messiah?

Why the explosion of Fred Rogers-mania? Because the children's TV host is the antithesis of everything in this country today, Jeffrey Salkin writes. More from Religion News Service


The Dalai Lama teaches a lesson on rethinking our faith traditions

Tibetan Buddhism's leader recently called to end the prominence of reincarnated lamas, a model for religious leaders who cling to entrenched modes of thinking, Ira Rifkin writes. More from Religion News Service

Compelled to Act

Judge’s ruling shows religious freedom isn’t just for the Christian right

Scott Warren says his religious beliefs compelled him to provide water to migrants who are suffering in the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border. More from Huffpost