The Slingshot: Pence prays; Desecrated places; Charleston pastor

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Vice President Mike Pence hugs Evelyn Holcombe at Florseville High School during a stop, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Floresville, Texas. A man opened fire inside a church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday, killing and wounding many; Holcombe was in the church during the shooting but escaped. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Need to know: Thursday, November 9, 2017


Pence tells grieving town ‘Faith is stronger than evil’

A memorial service for the victims of Sutherland Springs, held in a neighboring town with the vice president and Texas’ governor in attendance, was replete with Bible readings and prayers to Jesus. More from Religion News Service


Texas church to be demolished, like other mass killing sites before it

In what is becoming a grim American ritual, mass shooting sites from Sandy Hook to Columbine are demolished and then rebuilt. But some churches that experienced horrific killings have sought to reclaim existing sacred spaces. More from Religion News Service


Mother Emanuel AME pastor shows solidarity with Sutherland Springs

The Rev. Eric S.C. Manning, who leads the church in Charleston, South Carolina, where a white supremacist killed nine people in 2015, hopes to offer a “ministry of presence” by visiting members of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. More from Religion News Service


Tenn. Baptist church hires female pastor, may lose state Baptist voting rights

A Tennessee Baptist Committee decision goes to the heart of Southern Baptists' affirmation that only men can pastor a congregation, despite the Baptist belief that each church is autonomous and can make decisions without a hierarchy of denominational authority. More from The Tennessean


New York’s Metropolitan Museum to show Catholic Church’s fashions

The museum’s Costume Institute is planning a 2018 fashion exhibition called “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” It will include feature 50 or so ecclesiastical garments and accessories on loan from the Vatican. More from


Elizabeth Smart, who changed Mormons’ views on sex, is wary of religion

After surviving a horrific and highly-publicized abduction in 2002 as a Mormon teenager, she is now is wary of people who use religion to justify their actions. More from Newsweek

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