the Web Editors 10-18-2019

An interfaith friendship 800 years ago, civil disobedience for refugees, the truth question, and more.

Elijah Cummings (D-MD) addresses a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, D.C., Aug. 7, 2019. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

The Maryland Democrat was first elected to office in 1996.

Candace Sanders 10-16-2019

On Oct.15, faith leaders, human rights groups, refugees, and the former Assistant Secretary of State Anne C. Richard came together to hold a major action on Capitol Hill in protest of the current administration's 80 percent cut to the refugee admissions program. 

Pained and angry religious leaders warned Fort Worth, Texas, police they would scrutinize the investigation of an officer who shot and killed a 28-year-old black woman inside a home where, a family lawyer said, she had been playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew.

Thomas Ilalaole 10-11-2019

Increasingly, activist groups are promoting the need to increase LGBTQIA workers in national security.

the Web Editors 10-11-2019

New post by Rachel Held Evans, climate migrants in the Bible, potential jail time for Betsy DeVos, and more.

S. Kyle Johnson 10-10-2019

Image via Maria Maarbes / Shutterstock

Each year around the time of Lent, local men and women across Colón – where slavery was particularly widespread – dramatize the story of self-liberated black slaves known as the Cimarrones. This reenactment is one of a series of celebrations, or “carnivals,” observed around the time of Lent by those who identify with the cultural tradition known colloquially as “Congo.” The term Congo was originally used by the Spanish colonists for anyone of African descent. It is now is used for traditions that can be traced back to the Cimarrones.

Sam Cabral 10-09-2019

During Obama’s second term, less than 50 percent of active federal judges were white men for the first time in American history, according to the Congressional Research Service. In under two years, President Donald Trump has reversed that trend. He has so far successfully appointed 152 individuals to judgeships in the federal circuit and district courts, of which 60 percent are white males. He has also filled two vacancies on the Supreme Court with conservative white males.

the Web Editors 10-04-2019

Amazon Synod, Robert Jeffress’ civil war, Gandhi under scrutiny, and more.

Amber Guyger, who is charged in the killing of Botham Jean in his own home, arrives on the first day of the trial in Dallas, Texas. Sept. 23, 2019. REUTERS/Jeremy Lock/File Photo

Guyger, 31, could face life in prison for the slaying.

the Web Editors 9-27-2019

Confessing to plants, climate strike, ‘Just Mercy’ film, and more.

Candace Sanders 9-20-2019

On Sept. 20, youth activists led a climate strike march in Washington, D.C. in solidarity with millions of other young people striking around the world today. Thousands of youth organizations, activists, and protesters gathered at John Marshall Park and marched to the Capitol to mobilize action for the current climate crisis. Today's global climate strikes kick off an upcoming week of international climate action that will address the necessary steps towards change. These are photos from the event. 

the Web Editors 9-20-2019

Tackling climate change, Rachael Denhollander’s memoir, a ministry for homeless students, and more.

Jeronimo Perez Flores with toiletry donations for the campus food pantry. 

When Jeronimo Perez Flores was accepted into San Jose State University, he never imagined that enrolling in college would lead him to homelessness.

Andrew J. Wight 9-18-2019

Members of the Azaire indigenous community in their traditional dress, in front of their fish farming ponds in Madre de Dios region, Peru on Sept. 1, 2019. Credit: Andrew J Wight

More than two dozen indigenous women leaders from across the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon met to share their experiences.

Candace Sanders 9-16-2019

Image via Candace Sanders

The Second Look Act is the third iteration of the IRAA — a 2106 D.C. Council created law that addresses issues of young offenders in the District. IRAA’s 2016 version provided relief and reconsideration for juveniles that were tried as adults — those who had served at least 20 years and had not yet qualified for parole — could petition to have their sentences reduced by the superior court. The revised 2019 version of the law would allow juveniles who’d served 15 years, as well as those who’d been denied parole, the ability to request a sentence reduction. 

the Web Editors 9-13-2019

Jerry Falwell, Wendell Berry, 9/11, seminaries making historic moves, and more.

Candace Sanders 9-10-2019

On Sept. 10, women's advocacy groups, survivors of workplace harassment, women's rights organizations, and other advocates partnered with Washington, D.C. artist Yacine Tilala Fall to create an interactive art installation designed to direct attention the BE HEARD in the Workplace Act — the first comprehensive federal legislation that addresses workplace harassment. These are photos from the gathering. 

Rishika Pardikar 9-09-2019

Foreign troops with NATO-led Resolute Support Mission investigate a suicide attack in Kabul, September 5, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

As the U.S. grows closer to a peace deal with the Taliban and prepares to withdraw 5,000 troops from Afghanistan, experts remind us that until the civilian death toll stops, peace on the ground remains a dream.

the Web Editors 9-06-2019

#ChurchToo in Nigeria, Margaret Atwood’s new book, Bob Dylan’s overlooked Christian music, and more.