RNS Morning Report: Heather Cook Released; Dubai Synagogue; Burkina Faso Attacks

Heather Cook leaves Baltimore City Circuit Court in Baltimore with attorney Jose Moline after her arraignment on April 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)

Need to know: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Attempting Redemption

Once a bishop, now a ‘poster child’ for alcoholism, Heather Cook seeks to make amends

The first woman bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland was convicted of vehicular manslaughter, DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while texting and was just released from prison. More from Religion News Service

Interfaith History

In the heart of the Middle East, a fledgling synagogue gets a rabbi

The Jewish Community of the Emirates has so far met in an unmarked home in a residential location in Dubai so as to draw little attention in this predominantly Muslim country. More from Religion News Service

Rash of Attacks

Sowing division, Islamists target Christians in Burkina Faso

Since 2016, at least 300 violent incidents have been reported in Burkina Faso, resulting in the death of more than 360 people, including policemen and soldiers, school teachers and religious leaders. More from Religion News Service

Academic Expression

American University Cairo religion professor loses post in academic freedom fight

The university's president withdrew the title awarded in a professor's contract after the professor refused a donor's demand that he advocate for Islam over other religions in his teaching and scholarship. More from Religion News Service

Religion Remixed

How ‘joke religion’ turns deadly serious when the online alt-right comes to life

The nihilism of today's alt-right is both a religion and a rejection of the transcendence that religion holds out as a balm, writes Tara Isabella Burton. More from Religion News Service

Royal Influence

Prince Charles misused influence to shield cleric, abuse inquiry reports

Prince Charles misused his influence to shield Peter Ball, a former Anglican bishop and old friend, from punishment after the cleric had admitted sexually abusing a young novice, an independent inquiry found this week. More from The New York Times

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