RNS Morning Report: Uighur Father Surfaces; Greg Zanis Dies; National Day of Prayer Online

Samira Imin during an interview in Boston on Feb. 9, 2020. RNS photo by Aysha Khan

Need to know: Thursday, May 7, 2020

Doubtful Messaging

After advocating for his release, Uighur woman hears from father via Chinese media

Samira Imin’s next mission is to determine whether her father’s release from Chinese detention is genuine. More from Religion News Service

Crosses for Losses

Greg Zanis, who honored shooting victims by building 26,000 crosses, dies

The 69-year-old retired carpenter from Aurora, Illinois, crisscrossed the country to erect his wooden memorials near the sites of massacres, big and small. More from Religion News Service

Prayer for the Infected

National Day of Prayer, reshaped by pandemic, includes interfaith and online events

In its 69th year, the observance — often predominated by evangelical Christians gathering in public places — will feature interfaith and even international voices on computer screens and cellphones. More from Religion News Service

Religion Remixed

Quarantine cooking gone hipster is a sign of hope

It’s understandable to respond to the pandemic by discovering a connection to real food and getting in touch with nature. It might even put us back in touch with the humanity of others, writes Tara Isabella Burton. More from Religion News Service

Spiritual Politics

The mythic punch of the Lincoln Project’s ‘Mourning in America’

In a take-off aimed at promises to restore America, Trump becomes the Anti-Reagan, writes Mark Silk. More from Religion News Service

Virtual Fatigue

Tired of Zoom, churches consider plans to pray in person

Many churches across the country, closed for physical worship for nearly two months, are contemplating what’s next. More from The New York Times