Weekly Wrap 12.14.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week | Sojourners

Weekly Wrap 12.14.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. ‘Tis the Season: Here’s How Jesus Became So Widely Accepted as White

“White Jesus is so much more than an icon. It’s not neutral because it has been proliferated and it’s expanded in terms of its presence over centuries and it has been largely tied to what we call an imperial project. The agenda of a nation state.”

2. Cruel Messengers: The Street Preaching Industry

A look at the Street and Open-Air Preachers of America conference and how street preaching is an organized industry.

3. A Southern Baptist Seminary Just Admitted Its Slave-Owning Past. But It Didn’t Touch the Theology Behind It.

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary recently released a report outlining its founding history and how its leaders used the Bible to justify owning slaves. But while they came up to the edge of tackling the theology behind it, they didn’t adequately unpack it.

4. VIDEO: A Pilgrim’s Journey

Shelters across Mexico have opened their doors to Central American travelers making their way to the U.S. border. Here’s a glimpse at what life is like in these shelters.

5. Hundreds of Sex Abuse Allegations Found in Fundamental Baptist Churches Across the U.S.

Sarah Smith at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram this week released an investigation that found widespread abuse throughout independent fundamental Baptist churches over decades.

6. In Collapsing Venezuela, Kids Are Crossing the Border to Get an Education

“They are one ethnic group, one Indigenous group, on territory artificially divided between the two countries.”

7. Between Me and My Motherland

“Somewhere between this land and the seas that stand between me and my motherland, I wonder if this is how it feels to be an immigrant: to hold the sorrow and the joy of ripping out roots and watch them be planted somewhere else, watered somewhere else, and grown somewhere else.”

8. Want to Stop Islamophobia? Talk To Your Fellow Christians

Najeeba Syeed writes on the importance of Christians speaking and teaching the truth about Islam: “My children’s lives depend on what you teach your children about my community and our beliefs.”

9. VIDEO: China Has Detained More than a Million Muslims

NowThis explains the current crisis in China, in which the authorities have sent more than a million Uyghurs and other Muslims to detention camps in which they’re reportedly required to denounce their faith and pledge allegiance to the Chinese state.

10. How Cities Can Lead on Climate Change Solutions

The latest United Nations climate change report paints a dire picture, but IPCC co-chair Debra Roberts says urban residents have a critical role to play in addressing the crisis.

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