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Weekly Wrap 6.5.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Seattle Pacific University Grieves After Deadly Shooting
"'When the darkness closes in, Lord, still I will say, blessed be the name of the Lord,' they sang. And they cried. And they raised their arms high. And when the hymn ended, new words hit the screen: '#PrayforSPU.'"

2. INTERACTIVE: D-Day Landing Scenes in 1944 and Now
From The Guardian: Peter Macdiarmid has taken photographs of locations in France and England to match with archive images taken before, during and after the D-day landings. Check out the stunning changes.

3. Four-in-Ten Pakistanis Say Honor Killings of Women Can Be At Least Sometimes Justified
The killing of a 25-year-old pregnant woman because she married without her family's consent in Pakistan has drawn international outrage. But so-called honor killings claim the lives of more than 1,000 Pakistani women every year.

4. Remembering Tiananmen
"Recently, as NPR’s Beijing correspondent, she took the famous picture from this time of “Tank Man” — a lone student standing in front of Chinese tanks — to contemporary university students in Beijing, asking if they could identify the iconic photo. Of 100 students, only 15 knew what it was, and they didn’t wish to discuss it. Their names were withheld out of respect for their anxiety."

5. The Problem With Biblical Authority
N.T. Wright writes for On Faith: "The risen Jesus doesn’t say, “All authority in heaven and earth is given to . . . the books you chaps are going to go and write.” He says, “All authority has been given to me.” The phrase authority of scripture can only, at its best, be a shorthand for the authority of God in Jesus, mediated through scripture."

6. The Heated Battle for Cooled Texas Prisons
Extreme heat has killed nearly twenty people housed in correctional facilities. Now, inmates and guards have banded together to fight for improved conditions.

7. The Church Has Been Left Behind
"It is as if the church is stuck with the disciples in wondering when Jesus will restore Christendom to Christianity. It is as if the church has mistaken cultural normativity, full pews, big buildings, political influence, and societal power for the Holy Spirit. It is as if the church has forgotten the great commission to witness to Christ in their local towns, states, and to the ends of the earth. It is if the church is afraid of being left behind."

8. The Lives of America's Homeless
At St. Stephen's Human Services in Minneapolis, Margaret Miles is creating oral and photographic histories of homeless people across Minnesota. "Somebody said, 'Gosh, that actually looks like the guy who drives my kids' school bus.' Well in fact it could be, and he could not be making enough money, or could have had a health crisis, or a divorce, or some other reason, and he's driving your kids and loving your kids and caring for your kids during his day job, and then having to sleep at night in a shelter."

9. Candidates Who Signed Anti-Immigration Pledge Are Losing Their Primaries
"In total*, 21 FAIR pledge signers lost to non-signers. Only two pledge signers have won so far in races where they were pitted against a non-signer."

10. National Donut Day 2014: Where To Go To Get Your Free Doughnuts
But, "most importantly," today is National Donut Day. Go (do)Nuts!

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Weekly Wrap 5.30.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds 
Self-identified nerd Arthur Chu provides piercing analysis on the recent shooting in Santa Barbara, examining how rape culture and recent sitcoms have instilled a sense of entitlement for “nerds” when it comes to “getting the girl.”

2. Why #NotAllMen Misses the Point
#NotAllMen is a flawed response to the twitter trend #YesAllWomen: "Avoiding blame isn’t enough to heal us. Distancing ourselves won’t end cycles of injustice, whether in the form of sexism, racism, or any other division. #NotAllMen can’t break an oppressive culture towards women."

3. Maya Angelou Knew How To Inspire As A Writer, Teacher, and Great Human Being 
Sojourners board member Joshua DuBois reflects on the life of Maya Angelou: "The African American author, dead at 86, led an extraordinary life and wrote about it in extraordinary ways."

4. Maya Angelou Is Not in Heaven 
"Angelou is not in heaven 'now.' Her writings show a joyful person who was never not in heaven. To me, an ongoing theme of her remarkable work has always been its full-on, all-in commitment to living life in the kingdom."

5. Slavery Is Still Thriving And Is More Profitable Than Big Oil 
The International Labor Organization (ILO), a United Nation's agency focusing on labor issues, this weekreleased a report on the global "forced labor" industry. The results are staggering.

6. Inside the Mind of Edward Snowden 
After months of behind-the-scenes contact, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams sat down with Edward Snowden, a man wanted for espionage here at home, for his first American television interview. Nothing was off limits.

7. This Film Will Change How You See Immigration
The Stranger is a new 45-minute documentary created to introduce Christians to the stories and lives of immigrants living in this country. Interviews with pastors, Christian leaders, and policy experts provide a biblically based context for the immigration challenges that face our country today.

8. Palestinian Refugees Welcome the Pope: The Story Behind the Iconic Photo at the Separation Wall 
In an effort to resist the Bethlehem Municipality’s efforts to beautify a section of the Apartheid Wall where Pope Francis was scheduled to pass, Local activists from Aida Refugee Camp gathered to paint slogans both against Israeli occupation and welcoming His Holiness, on the eve of his arrival, on May 24th 2014.

9. The Wrong Way to Approach the Poor
Before we rush in with righteous vigor to help the helpless, so to speak, we would do well to dispense of some archaic lenses through which we view poverty.

10. The Record for the Most Expensive Starbucks Drink Has Been Broken By a $55 Frappuccino 
On a lighter note, someone really took advantage of those free birthday drinks that accompany a Starbucks Gold Card membership — 60 shots of esppresso should be enough to wake you up, right?

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Weekly Wrap 5.23.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Vincent Harding: A Light Shines in the Darkness
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove beautifully tells the story of Vincent Harding in Mennonite World Review: "Though we didn’t know it, the Movement here in North Carolina was making its silent march through the State House as Uncle Vincent was crossing over from this life to the next. Given the life he lived, I can’t imagine a better sending."

2. Senators Urge NFL to Act on Redsk*ns Name
FIFTY members of the Senate have signed a letter to the NFL asking leadership to change the offensive name of Washington's football team. JOIN in the efforts to change the name HERE

3. When Did Christians Get So Caught Up in God Being Male? 
Kate Wallace at the Junia Project dives into the latest #warofwords on Twitter, this time between Owen Strachan of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and prominent egalitarian blogger Rachel Held Evans. In Wallace's piece: "Elevating one group of people above another in the name of God should never be accepted in the Church, and making God in our image, whether exclusively male or female, shouldn’t be accepted either."

4. The Worst Day of My Life Is Now New York's Hottest Tourist Attraction
"Nearly 13 years after my sister’s death, a reluctant Sunday visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, where public spectacle and private grief have a permanent home together."

5. The Case for Reparations
"Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole." Ta-Nehisi Coates pens this long-form cover feature for The Atlantic tracing the history from slavery all the way through discriminatory housing policies and redlining. 

6. The Way North: A New York Times Interactive Story
Join Damien Cave and Todd Heisler as they travel up Interstate 35, from Laredo, Tex., to Duluth, Minn., chronicling how the middle of America is being changed by immigration.They're on Day 6 in San Antonio, interviewing 12-year-old Sebastien de la Cruz, who experienced a Twitter tirade of offensive slurs after singing the national anthem while wearing mariachi garb at last year's NBA Finals.

7. WATCH - Sojo Stories: God and the Gay Christian
Matthew Vines became a YouTube sensation with his video "The Gay Debate: The Bible and Homosexuality." He recently sat down with Sojourners to talk about his new book, in which tells the story of his own pilgrimage of faith, fidelity, and family.

8. No Lethal Injection Drugs? No Problem: Tennessee Reinstates Electric Chair
"Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law Thursday allowing the state to electrocute death row inmates in the event prisons are unable to obtain the drugs, which have become more and more scarce following a European-led boycott of drug sales for executions."

9. The Effluent Society
In the midst of an unprecedented drought, Wichita Falls is turning to a once unthinkable source to slake its thirst:"A city may survive for a time without electricity or natural gas, but water is the lifeblood of civilization. … The extremity of need in this part of Texas is so profound that Wichita Falls plans to turn this ancient relationship with human waste on its head — by drinking treated toilet water."

10. 'We Can't Even Agree On the Definition of Consent'
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) hosted the first roundtable on campus sexual assault, pointing out the problems that exist and aiming to strengthen and clarify the Clery Act, as sexual assault survivors told their stories.

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Weekly Wrap 5.16.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. What the Media Can't Grasp About Pope Francis
"… the world is ready to talk about inequality, redistribution, and an "economy of exclusion" for independent reasons, and the pope's words — which are very much in keeping with Catholic tradition — merely resonate because ears are ready to listen."

2. Hack the Church
"I want participatory church … An open source theology.” While our congregations dwindle and church doors shutter, a new group of technology-minded Christians (and just faith-friendly hackers), are breaking open a pathway for the future of the church — one that's inclusive, community-oriented, and innovative.

3. Give Justly
It's your last chance to enter to win a $350 gift card for fair trade products or other prizes via Sojourners' Just Giving Guide! It's as simple as a Facebook like!

4. Young People Want Equality But Struggle to Discuss Bias
"One oft-employed generalization about The Kids These Days is that they've grown up free from the legalized discrimination and racial neuroses of older generations, and they will live in a more multicultural world with less racism. But do we even know if that's true?"

5. Guardian, AP, Others Challenge Lethal Injection Secrecy
The two news organizations and three Missouri newspapers have brought a legal challenge calling on the state to disclose the drugs used in lethal injections. "A Guardian survey has identified at least 13 states that have changed their rules to withhold from the public all information relating to how they get hold of lethal drugs. They include several of the most active death penalty states including Texas, which has executed seven prisoners so far this year, Florida (five), Missouri (four) and Oklahoma (three)."

6 . Are You Reading Enough Academic Women?
"Women read more than men, yet male authors still dominate literary journals." One writer and illustrator hopes to combat that fact social media-style with the Twitter hashtag #ReadWomen2014 and handle @ReadWomen2014.

7. Illuminating Video on Teen's Mental Illness
“Ask anyone that knows me now,” she says in the clip. “I’m the happiest girl because I know I’m getting the right support and help I need.”

8. Student Journalists Exposed Columbia University's Rape Crisis. Then One of Their Own Was Accused.
After uncovering a rape epidemic on campus, a student-run magazine blog wrestles with how to handle that crisis creeping into its own ranks — highlighting an institutional conflict of discretion and justice.

9. Are Millennials Really Leaving the Church? Yes — But Mostly White Millennials
“This is an opportunity for Christians to take a look at what they believe, and to ask, ‘Do we believe the Bible is good news for everyone?’” [Sojourners Emerging Voice Kathy Kang] says. “And if we do believe that, we have to find ways to communicate that good news with everyone.”

10. Humans of New York
"What's your greatest struggle right now?"
"Not being white."

 

 

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Weekly Wrap - May 9, 2014

1. Dear Privileged-at-Princeton: You. Are. Privileged. And Meritocracy Is a Myth.

A Princetonian responds to her classmate: “While Fortgang is not responsible for white male dominance in society, he should at least recognize that this social hierarchy is not a mere coincidence, nor is it a testament to the power of hard work.”

2. The War Across the River
This beautifully photographed interactive from Al Jazeera tells the story of Central African Republic refugees crossing the Oubangi River into the Democratic Republic of Congo, a difference between life and death. "Refugees have come before, but this is something different … It seems they cannot return."

3. Dear Americans, Your Hashtags Won't #BringBackOurGirls. You Might Actually Be Making Things Worse.
“When you pressure Western powers, particularly the American government to get involved in African affairs and when you champion military intervention, you become part of a much larger problem. You become a complicit participant in a military expansionist agenda on the continent of Africa. This is not good.”

4. Foster Kids Can Be Torn Between Worlds On Mother's Day
Read this collection of stories of being or having foster mothers at NPR's Tell Me More.

5. Letters to A Dying Church
This blog series explores the issues surrounding the decline of American Christianity. It asks the hard questions, offers suggestions, and sometimes just laments what cannot be controlled. Read the whole series of letters.

6. The GOP Can't Ignore Climate Change
Jon Huntsman pens an op-ed for The New York Times decrying fellow Republicans' backtrack on climate change: "Last fall, 50 percent said there was solid evidence of rising temperatures on earth, according to the Pew Research Center. But that is down from 2006, when 59 percent of Republicans held that view. … So obtuse has become the party’s dialogue on climate change that it’s now been reduced to believing or not believing, as if it were a religious mantra."

7. Austin's Utopian Homeless Village Is Becoming a Reality
Rent as low as $90. Permaculture food forest and gardens. Community space with movie screen. A stocked pond. Tiny houses built within 8 hours.

"The village just doesn’t feel like it’s a shelter for tragic people of some other class. It would be an incredibly lovely home for anyone, and many of the community’s principles are ones we could all use more of: living sustainably, and close to nature and animals, and spending time with those you love."

8. Family Planning Through A Global Lens
"In the developing world, access to tools for healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies can be a matter of life or death, for both the mother and the child. To women in these countries, the debates we have here would seem like a privilege."

9. When Elite Parents Dominate Volunteers, Children Lose
An interesting problem for parents of school-aged kids: "It’s an inescapable fact that extracurricular activities, which increase student investment in school, are planned by parents who have ample time and money, who sometimes lack insight into the lives of students whose parents don’t."

10. WATCH: Christian TingleIt's Friday. You need a laugh. "If it wasn't for the father, the son, and the Christian Tingle, I wouldn't have met the love of my life."

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Weekly Wrap 4.25.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. How Some Christian Colleges Are Getting Around the Federal Laws That Help Address Campus Rape
From the report: The Clery Act, which requires college campuses to collect and report incidents of sexual assault on campus, does not apply to colleges that do not receive certain types of federal funding. What does that mean for victims on those campuses?

2. WATCH: Jon Stewart Call Out Media Sexism in 'The Broads Must Be Crazy'
Jon Stewart highlights the double-standard treatment given to female politicians in the media, referring specifically to Hillary Clinton's latest role: grandmother — like no other politician in the history of ever has had children who have then had children. Related: "How to Be Less Stupid About Hillary Clinton's Future Grandchild"

3. Evangelical Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe Named One of Time's Most Influential People
Written by actor Don Cheadle, who joined Hayhoe in the Showtime film "Years of Living Dangerously: "It’s hard to be a good steward of the planet if you don’t accept the hard science behind what’s harming it, and it can be just as hard to take action to protect our world if you don’t love it as the rare gift it is."

4. WATCH: 'Unsung Hero' Thai Video Will Make Your Friday
"What does he get in return for doing this every day? He gets nothing. … What he does receive are emotions. … Receives what money can't buy and a world made more beautiful."

5. For the Children's Sake, Put Down the Smartphone
"We are behaving in ways that certainly tell children they don't matter, they're not interesting to us, they're not as compelling as anybody, anything, any ping that may interrupt our time with them."

6. Why South Sudan May Face the World's Worst Famine in Quarter Century
"The coming weeks could determine whether tens of thousands will die."

7. How Mississippi Businesses Are Fighting a New Anti-LGBT Discrimination Law
"Working with the LGBT rights group Equality Mississippi, Moore and other business owners designed stickers that say, 'We Don’t Discriminate: If You're Buying, We're Selling.'"

8. Cedarville University Shuts Down Dissenting Student Newspaper
Rachel Marie Stone reports on the latest in a string of conservative moves at the Ohio Christian college that has included restricting Bible classes taught by women to only female students.

9. John Boehner Mocks GOP on Immigration
Boehner: "We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it's remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don't want to. ... They'll take the path of least resistance."

10. Root of CAR Conflict Is a Legacy of Poverty, Not Religious Warfare
"[Enough Project's Kasper] Agger said the Séléka rebellion was sparked initially by poverty and lack of development in the northern part of the country. If the conflict is seen in religious terms, rather than as having its roots in poverty, he said, the frustrations of the Séléka will remain."

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Weekly Wrap 4.18.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

Editor's Note: As we head into the weekend with eyes toward the resurrection, we must first journey through the darkness of Good Friday. Here are some reflections to help you reflect on that journey.

1. Simply Service
"Jesus is The Servant of Servants. If we wish to be like Jesus, we cannot forget this.There is no empire building. There is no entrepreneurial vision. There is no institution keeping. There is simply service."

2. Lent Hymn
"For in this desert silence
And dark night of the soul
I am rooting you deeper
I am making you whole"

3. How Does Dying for Our Sins Work?
"The cross is not what God inflicts upon Christ in order to forgive. The cross is what God endures in Christ as he forgives. Once we understand this, we know what we are seeing when we look at the cross: We are seeing the lengths to which a God of love will go in forgiving sin."

4. The Five Lessons of Good Friday
"The sufferings and death of Jesus, which Christians commemorate on Good Friday, may seem far removed from our everyday lives. … So what can the story of Jesus's crucifixion, as recorded in the Gospels almost 2,000 years ago, teach us about our own lives?"

5. Good Friday and the Prophets in Detention
"'Holy Week is a special time for us…' Ruth told me in her detention robe. 'Jesus’ passion gives us perspective to see that our situation is nothing compared to what Jesus suffered on the Cross. His journey encourages us to keep going.'"

6. Five Errors to Drop from Your Easter Story
Number 4: "Don't bypass the role of the women as the witnesses of the resurrected Christ."

7. Easy Easter Girl
"For people to whom life has been hard, there is a form of solace in praying to a God who does not look spotless, shining like the sun. For many, love is the very wounds of Christ, the greenish-purple skin tones, the bruised and battered life. By his wounds we are healed, the scriptures say. I didn’t realize another way to read it is like this: only the wounded can truly experience a savior."

8. The Enthralling Art of Easter
"… the agony and Crucifixion and Resurrection are no footnote. They are the bedrock we deal with. It's not hard to see why Bob Dylan became enthralled with the Christ story. It's not hard to see how people who stare too long at Titians can end up in monasteries."

9. The Risen Christ: The Call to Conversion
" For so many of us, Easter is not just a religious holiday — it is a personal celebration and re-commitment. How do we personally experience the resurrection? Every year, as I hear and say “He is risen,” I remember that it’s not just a theological affirmation, but something I need personally."

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Weekly Wrap 4.11.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Stephen Colbert and the Death of Protestant America
The move to name Stephen Colbert as David Letterman's replacement for his late-night slot was a surprise to many — but a cultural bellwether announcing the changing tide of religion in America? … Maybe?

2. 
What Is the Heartbleed Bug? 
New news platform Vox has the breakdown for you. Basically — change all your passwords. Change them now. 

3. The Feminists We Forgot
In a great piece for her.meneutics' Womens' History Month series, Sandra Glahn writes: "The teaching that women's involvement is a new phenomenon in church history has been used to silence those whom the Spirit has gifted for leadership. And advances made on behalf of women have been attributed entirely to secular feminism. We ourselves have been complicit because we haven't known our own history."

4. Is the Internet Killing Religion? 
A new study suggests it might be — as the uptick of those claiming no religious affiliation correlates to higher Internet use. 

5. The Big Environmental Problem Highlighted By the Search for Flight 370
"If nothing else can be learned from this bizarre hunt, one thing has become clear: There's a ton of trash in the Indian Ocean."

6. Hobby Lobby, Christian Women, and Contraception: More Complicated Than You Might Think
A new Public Religion Research poll shows that 60 percent of Christian women believe employers should be required provide health care plans that cover contraception at no cost. Jonathan Merritt explores the data.   

7. On Pilgrimage: 20 Years After the Rwandan Genocide
Artist Nikole Lim's beautiful words and images capture her pilgrimage alongside survivors and perpetrators of genocide. View her gorgeous photos and haunting narratives here. Her series will continue weekly on the Sojourners blog, so check back!

8. A Fascinating Visualization of World Migration
Because who doesn't love charts? "Every year, millions of people leave their birth countries to try their fortunes in foreign lands. Where are the most popular destinations for these people? What countries are sending out streams of residents who may never come back?"

9. The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture the Human Experience
War. Love. Tragedy. A must-see gallery. 

10. Can I See Your Belly Button? 
What happens when your daughters ask you to shed your insecurities with a simple curiosity? "In that holiest of moments, they had become divine mirrors: reflecting all the beauty of co-creation. (And what is left in its wake.) But it was more than that ..."

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Weekly Wrap 4.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Afghanistan: Seen Through the Lens of Anja Niedringhaus
AP photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, 48, was shot and killed today in eastern Afghanistan when an Afghan police officer opened fire. AP correspondent Kathy Gannon was also injured. Last year, The Atlantic published this beautiful gallery of photos from Niedringhaus, telling the country's tragic story through her lens.

2. 'Nobody Deserves to Be Raped' Campaign Responds to Shocking Brazilian Survey
"According to a survey released late last week, 65.1 percent of Brazilians think that if a woman is 'dressed provocatively,' she deserves to be 'attacked and raped.'" Here's how social media responded.

3. Borderland
"You have no idea what people will do to reach the United States — until you hear their stories." After spending two weeks driving along the U.S.-Mexico border, NPRtells those stories in this beautiful interactive series. 

4. Ten Thousand Kids in 2 Days
World Vision President Richard Stearns chatted with a few bloggers about the events of last week. "Ten thousand kids — … that was the two-day cost of their decision, a decision to hire married gay folk, a decision that was decided on last fall and leaked to Christianity Today last week. That was the cost."

5. WATCH: Slow Life
Need a reminder of the beauty of creation? Take a three-and-a-half-minute break to check out this gorgeous film of marine life under high magnification. It will brighten your day.

6. Mets Player Daniel Murphy Defends Decision to Take Paternity Leave. Yes, It's 2014
"New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was ripped this week for, of all things, leaving his team to be with his wife as she gave birth to their first child." His response, here.

7. Why I Am Troubled By 'God's Not Dead'
"Specifically, I am troubled by the racial stereotypes that underwrite characters, such as the Muslim father who is controlling and violent, the white pastor who counsels people in their moments of crisis, the cheery African missionary with simple faith, and the godless Chinese exchange student who is good at science and math. I am troubled by the gendered stereotypes that elevate men to positions of authority and relegate women to positions of weakness."

8. How Access to Cars Could Help the Poor
"Housing voucher recipients with cars tended to live and remain in higher-opportunity neighborhoods — places with lower poverty rates, higher social status, stronger housing markets, and lower health risks. Cars are also associated with improved neighborhood satisfaction and better employment outcomes. … those with cars were twice as likely to find a job and four times as likely to remain employed."

9. Coffee Shop Christianity
This one's for you, croissant-drunk sermonizers, you small group organizers, you slow-drip sippers blogging that $1.25 away for hours. How about some coffee shop ethics?

10. At Border Mass, Bishops Call for Compassion, Immigration Reform
"We come to the desert today because it is the road to Jericho," said [Boston Cardinal Sean] O'Malley in his homily. "It is traveled by many trying to reach the metropolis of Jerusalem. We come here today to be a neighbor and to find a neighbor in each of the suffering people who risk their lives and at times lose their lives in the desert."

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Weekly Wrap 4.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Afghanistan: Seen Through the Lens of Anja Niedringhaus
AP photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, 48, was shot and killed today in eastern Afghanistan when an Afghan police officer opened fire. AP correspondent Kathy Gannon was also injured. Last year, The Atlantic published this beautiful gallery of photos from Niedringhaus, telling the country's tragic story through her lens.

2. 'Nobody Deserves to Be Raped' Campaign Responds to Shocking Brazilian Survey
"According to a survey released late last week, 65.1 percent of Brazilians think that if a woman is 'dressed provocatively,' she deserves to be 'attacked and raped.'" Here's how social media responded.

3. Borderland
"You have no idea what people will do to reach the United States — until you hear their stories." After spending two weeks driving along the U.S.-Mexico border, NPRtells those stories in this beautiful interactive series. 

4. Ten Thousand Kids in 2 Days
World Vision President Richard Stearns chatted with a few bloggers about the events of last week. "Ten thousand kids — … that was the two-day cost of their decision, a decision to hire married gay folk, a decision that was decided on last fall and leaked to Christianity Today last week. That was the cost."

5. WATCH: Slow Life
Need a reminder of the beauty of creation? Take a three-and-a-half-minute break to check out this gorgeous film of marine life under high magnification. It will brighten your day.

6. Mets Player Daniel Murphy Defends Decision to Take Paternity Leave. Yes, It's 2014
"New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was ripped this week for, of all things, leaving his team to be with his wife as she gave birth to their first child." His response, here.

7. Why I Am Troubled By 'God's Not Dead'
"Specifically, I am troubled by the racial stereotypes that underwrite characters, such as the Muslim father who is controlling and violent, the white pastor who counsels people in their moments of crisis, the cheery African missionary with simple faith, and the godless Chinese exchange student who is good at science and math. I am troubled by the gendered stereotypes that elevate men to positions of authority and relegate women to positions of weakness."

8. How Access to Cars Could Help the Poor
"Housing voucher recipients with cars tended to live and remain in higher-opportunity neighborhoods — places with lower poverty rates, higher social status, stronger housing markets, and lower health risks. Cars are also associated with improved neighborhood satisfaction and better employment outcomes. … those with cars were twice as likely to find a job and four times as likely to remain employed."

9. Coffee Shop Christianity
This one's for you, croissant-drunk sermonizers, you small group organizers, you slow-drip sippers blogging that $1.25 away for hours. How about some coffee shop ethics?

10. At Border Mass, Bishops Call for Compassion, Immigration Reform
"We come to the desert today because it is the road to Jericho," said [Boston Cardinal Sean] O'Malley in his homily. "It is traveled by many trying to reach the metropolis of Jerusalem. We come here today to be a neighbor and to find a neighbor in each of the suffering people who risk their lives and at times lose their lives in the desert."

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