RNS Morning Report: Vacation Bible School Adapted; Lamenting Loss of Hajj; Langar During COVID-19

Siblings Carson Rodriguez, 3, left, and Madison, 2, participate in Immanuel Lutheran Church’s virtual Vacation Bible School from their home in Merrill, Wisconsin. Photo courtesy of Kyla Rodriguez

Need to know: Monday, June 29, 2020

Adapted Activities

In a summer of pandemic, Vacation Bible School programs go online and outside

Across denominations, VBS is one of the biggest outreach ministries of the year for many churches and draws a huge number of volunteers from congregations. More from Religion News Service

Prohibited Pilgrimage

'I have to find the Mecca of my heart': Muslims grieve as hajj is drastically limited

For many American converts, hajj is more than the fulfillment of a sacred ritual: It’s the first chance to experience a completely Muslim environment. More from Religion News Service

Serving Humanity

From farm labor to food trucks, Sikhs adapt langar to serve the masses during a pandemic

Across the country, Sikh gurdwaras are finding new ways to carry out a tradition as old as their religion. More from Religion News Service

Opinion

Savor and strategize: The SCOTUS decision to protect DACA

It is moments like this that remind us that change is possible and motivate us to not settle for this partial fix, write Jim Wallis and Sandy Ovalle. More from Religion News Service

Flunking Sainthood

Trump's popularity eroding in Utah, especially among women

Trump is still likely to win Utah, but given the usual fantastical margins of GOP candidates in this reddest of states, a single-digit lead is a disaster, writes Jana Riess. More from Religion News Service

Annual Audit

Scandals, compensation programs lead Catholic clergy sex abuse complaints to quadruple in 2019

The report released Thursday by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the 2019 report — which covered July 2018 through June 2019 — counted 4,434 allegations of clergy sex abuse against minors. More from The Washington Post🔒