RNS Morning Report: UMC Group Embraces LGBTQ Clergy; Islamophobia Report; Rubio on Eco …

Supporters of LGBTQ rights in the United Methodist Church rally around the central Communion table at the close of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Mike DuBose/UM News Service

Need to know: Thursday, November 7, 2019

Vocal Defiance

UMC’s Western Jurisdiction announces ‘safe harbor’ for LGBTQ clergy

The Safe Harbor Declaration comes months before new restrictions strengthening the United Methodist Church’s ban on the ordination and marriage of its LGBTQ members are set to take effect on Jan. 1. More from Religion News Service

'Fanning the Flames'

Report blames major US corporations for global spread of anti-Muslim violence

The report calls companies including Facebook, Amazon, Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, iHeartMedia and Sinclair Broadcast Group 'the unindicted co-conspirators of the Christchurch shooter' who attacked two New Zealand mosques in March. More from Religion News Service

Economics and Faith

Marco Rubio’s ‘common-good capitalism’ garners mixed reactions from …

'Rubio’s focus on work is promising but his policies largely ignore labor,' said Vincent Miller, a professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton. More from Religion News Service

Breaking Down Barriers

Neighborly Faith urges evangelicals to find a ‘third way’ to befriend Musl …

Neighborly Faith is a nationwide movement to bring Christians and Muslims together.   More from Religion News Service


Anti-Semitism in the US today is a variation on an old theme

With anti-Semitism today bombarding American Jews from the right and the left, the moment appears new, but its language is not. It's a very old theme, writes Pamela S. Nadell. More from Religion News Service

Defense Rejected

Judge scraps ‘conscience’ rule protecting doctors who deny care for religi …

In a blow to the Trump administration, a federal court in Manhattan has knocked down a rule that would make it easier for doctors and other health care workers to refuse care for religious reasons. More from NPR




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