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Younger Baptists seek a less partisan approach to political engagement.  “There’s a whole generation of guys coming up saying we’re tired of being the lapdogs of the GOP and, worse than that, being tossed away like a Kleenex after the election is over,” said Ryan Abernathy, 40, teaching pastor at West Metro Community Church in Yukon, Okla.

From Public Religion Research Institute: New survey shows top two religious groups that dominate American Cities. Catholics hold or tie for top spot in 15.

From Christian Science Monitor: Across the country, a number of influential evangelical congregations have been engaging their Muslim neighbors in new ways, and some local mosques, too, have been trying to help Evangelicals and others during their times of need.

Catholic Church in Kenya envisions 20 radio stations nationwide by 2020 aimed at "spiritual and social transformation of people."

Opinion: Care for the earth, and black lives matter.

Opinion: Beware the Koch brothers and their new campaign for justice.

Friend of Pope Francis predicts he'll bring "a healing message" to the United States.

Global Sisters Report: A conversation with Sr. Mary Dominic Hguyen Thi Hao who ministers to sex workers in Ho Chi Minh City.

Over on the Religion News Service blog, Milk Silk says he wants to see the U.S. bishops issue a statement like: Now that Pope Francis has established a judicial mechanism to deal with bishops charged with covering up and/or failing to report admitted or suspected clerical abusers, The U.S. bishops embrace this judicial mechanism as a necessary means of assuring our accountability.

Looking for a little inspiration to begin your day? NCR's sister publication, Celebration, gives you two options, both based on the Scripture readings of the day:

DailyBreadBanner.jpgDaily Bread is a series of short reflections written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings. Daily Bread is intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned Scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world. It's a great way to begin the day.

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