RNS Morning Report: Willow Creek resignations; Refugees and worship; Hymns of protest

Willow Creek Community Church lead pastor Heather Larson announces her resignation Aug. 8, 2018, at a “family meeting” at the megachurch’s main campus in South Barrington, Ill. Screen grab via WillowCreek.tv

Need to know: Thursday, August 9, 2018

Another shoe drops

Willow Creek elders and lead pastor resign in wake of Hybels revelations

"We exhort Bill (Hybels) to acknowledge his sin and publicly apologize," said elder Missy Rasmussen. More from Religion News Service

Finding hope

At world’s largest refugee camp, trauma victims seek healing in God

"The church gives them new hope, which is important to refugees and any person who has experienced trauma," says a counselor. More from Religion News Service

Sing a new (or old) song

As activists rally, hymns of protest rise again

Just like the music of the civil rights movement, old and new songs are often led by people of faith and sometimes refashioned to appeal to people of a range of backgrounds. More from Religion News Service

Holding pattern

Officials hold release of report on clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania

Last-minute legal maneuvering to redact some names in a grand jury report detailing clergy sex abuse claims in six Pennsylvania dioceses may have kept the document from being made public earlier. More from Crux

Refusing care

A 10-month-old died after her parents refused to get help for religious reasons, police say

In video sermons, the man railed against vaccines, “bad medicine” and doctors whom he deemed to be “priesthoods of the medical cult.” (Subscription may be required) More from The Washington Post

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Jack Jenkins

Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.

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