RNS Morning Report: Pence at SBC; Mormons and race; outdoor weddings

Vice President Mike Pence addresses the annual summit of Christians United for Israel on July 17, 2017. Photo courtesy of Christians United for Israel

Need to know: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Giving his two pence

Mike Pence to visit Dallas for speech at Southern Baptist Convention meeting

The vice president will will have a previously unscheduled slot before the closing prayer at the annual meeting in Dallas Wednesday. More from The Dallas Morning News

God's plan

Forty years on, most Mormons still believe the racist temple ban was God’s will

New research shows that most Mormons today – even among Mormons of color – think the LDS Church's race-based ban was God's will, Jana Riess writes. More from Religion News Service

Final straw

Georgia church expelled from Southern Baptist Convention over racial discrimination charges

The small white congregation in Albany, Ga., has been accused of discriminating against a growing black congregation that shared its church building. More from Religion News Service

Charm City

Catholics can get married outdoors in two places: In Montana, and now in Baltimore

Most Catholic priests in America won't officiate an outdoor wedding. But two U.S. dioceses are testing the boundaries of that law. (Subscription may be required.) More from The Washington Post

Rumi revisited

Omid Safi’s ‘Radical Love’ recenters Sufi poetry within Islam

The book offers a reminder to Muslims and non-Muslims alike: You can't divorce Rumi's mystical poetry from Islam. More from Religion News Service

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Aysha Khan

Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, focuses on Muslims in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.

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