This week's Wrap was guest curated by Sojourners contributor Adam Ericksen. Read along for his top stories and notes from the week!
There was a lot of negativity in the news this week, but mercy also filled the airwaves. In case you missed it, here’s a list of some merciful events from the week:
Sure, we have some differences, but we’re still crushing on the Pope. “To pass through the holy door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them.”
Speaking of mercy, Upworthy reveals that American Muslims have donated lots of cash to the families of the victims of the San Bernardino families to help with funeral costs and other needs. The organizer of the campaign stated, “We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action.”
Did you know that we are in the midst of the eight nights of Hanukkah? Robert Cohen offers some Hanukkah lessons about the lights that shine in the darkness: “The rabbis preferred, not the guerrilla uprising, but the modest and homely image of the Hanukkah menorah with its small, fragile, short-burning candles to be our guiding spiritual metaphor.” L’Chaim!
Nadia Bolz-Weber preaches the Good News for our troubled times. “In the midst of such anxiety I am desperate for some hope. …In the midst of this anxiety, I want that promise from John that all shall see the salvation of God.” Yeah. Let’s live into that promise.
Muslims recently took to the streets of London to protest ISIS and terrorism with signs reading, “Not in My Name,” “Every Chapter of the Qur’an Starts with Mercy,” and “Terrorism Has No Religion.” ...You may not have heard about it because the mainstream media didn’t cover it. Muslims are denouncing terrorism. Are we listening?
Wait! It’s not yet Christmas season?! It’s Advent? What’s Advent? Join the 12 Enough podcast host Rev. Jonathan Malone for a refresher on the season in this joyful and informative discussion.
Looking for practical ways to help the Muslim community? Sofia Ali-Khan provides simple and practical suggestions for non-Muslim allies, including this gem, “If you ride public transportation, sit next to the hijabi woman and say asalam ‘alaykum. ...Don’t worry about mispronouncing it; she won’t care. Just say ‘peace’ if you like. She’ll smile; smile back.”
Did you know that politics is actually a good word? Of course you do — you read Sojourners. [Thanks! —The Editors] Rob Bell hosts a five part series each day this week exploring the value and uses of politics with his trademark insight, stories, and humor.
We may never forget 9/11, but sadly we’ve forgotten about the first responders. They continue to suffer health problems due to their heroic service, and America is failing them. John Stewart made the late night comedy rounds this week to bring this issue back into focus.
We are a divided and fearful nation, writes Tripp Hudgins. “Again and again I find myself needing a way out of the trauma loop. Why not feed it with something other than anger and violence? Perhaps music and sweet rolls are the answer.” It may not be the whole answer, but the world definitely needs more music and sweet rolls. Mmm …. sweet rolls … thanks, Tripp.