RNS Morning Report: Shadow over Hanukkah; Prince Charles on Middle East; Science in the madrasas

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers leads a gathering in Hanukkah songs after lighting a menorah outside the Tree of Life synagogue on the first night of Hanukkah, Dec. 2, 2018, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Need to know: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Joy and Sorrow

Anti-Semitism casts long shadows over Jewish festival of lights

As they celebrate an ancient military victory, in which a band of Jewish rebels rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors, many U.S.Jews are still reeling from a new wave of anti-Semitic episodes. More from Religion News Service

Defender of Faith

Prince Charles calls for Middle East peace at service for persecuted Christians

The plight of persecuted Christians is a cause that has become dear to the heir to the British throne. More from Religion News Service

Faith and Reason

Madrasa Discourses equip tomorrow’s Islamic scholars with scientific literacy

A Notre Dame-based program brings young Islamic scholars into dialogue with modern intellectual currents, helping them 'recognize the scientific reasoning already embedded within the tradition,' a professor says. More from Religion News Service

Presidential Priorities

Religious leaders recall George H.W. Bush’s priorities: friendship, faith, family

Here's a sampling of reaction to the death of the 41st president and longtime Episcopalian. More from Religion News Service


Progress for Mormon women: A historian takes the long view

Historian Colleen McDannell sees long-term progress for Mormon women in several key areas, including the temple endowment (no more curses for Eve!), softer rhetoric about working women, and -- yes -- even the Proclamation on the Family. More from Religion News Service

Protected Discrimination

‘I am a gay Christian’: Debates about LGBTQ acceptance roil Seattle-area nonprofits, churches

Achingly personal stories – parents losing their gay son, Christians losing their jobs in faith-based organizations after coming out – are prompting some groups to reexamine their discriminatory positions on sexuality and gender. More from The Seattle Times

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