At Tokyo Olympics, even faith events look different as COVID spikes. Here’s how.


(RNS) — It’s been dubbed the first “no-fun” Olympics. Athletes have been asked to eat alone and maintain distance in the dining hall at the Olympic Village in Tokyo, and compete in empty stadiums. Even chaplains looking after athletes’ spiritual health largely have gone virtual. Amid the changes at the Tokyo Olympics — which kicked … Read more

Former NBA player Stan McKenzie, husband of first woman AME Church bishop, dead at 76


(RNS) — Stan McKenzie, the first male episcopal supervisor of missionary work in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the husband of Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, has died. The Christian Recorder, the official publication of the denomination, announced his death, which occurred on Wednesday (July 21). Stan McKenzie, 76, died in Dallas after a brief … Read more

Tokyo archbishop bans Olympians from Catholic churches amid surge in COVID-19 cases


(RNS) — Spectators already have been banned from the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo amid a surge in COVID-19 infections in the area. Now the city’s Catholic archbishop has banned visitors to churches in the Archdiocese of Tokyo, too. RELATED: God and the games That includes athletes competing in the games and their support staff, … Read more