Weekly Wrap 12.22.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

By the Web Editors 12-22-2017

1. How New York City Is Tackling a Mental Health Crisis Spurred by Hurricane Sandy

Hurrican Maria is being called the “largest psychosocial disaster in the U.S.” Here are some lessons from New Yorkers five years after Hurricane Sandy and a look at what’s next for Puerto Ricans.

2. Bringing Light to Our Nation’s Very Dark Night

“We feel the chill in our souls. We taste the darkness all around us. It’s important to remember: It’s only temporary. The light is still there – dimmed but never extinguished, ready to warm and lead us all over again, if we let it.”

3. The Postman of Lofoten

A gorgeous photo essay featuring Bjorn Nilsen, the man who drives 125 miles every day to deliver mail to the residents of the isolated Lofoten Islands. “Among older residents, who suffer most from isolation, he might be the only person they see for days."

4. Waiting for God in Sanctuary

Pastor José Chicas is one of a few dozen people spending Advent in sanctuary since the Trump administration’s crackdown.

5. Memphis Found a Novel Strategy for Tearing Down Confederate Statues

Memphis’s choice may offer a new path forward for other cities grappling with monuments, but the decision could also elicit legal challenges and raises some awkward questions about the rule of law. Learn more—

6. We Should Not Run From Burden

The role of “burdens” in Christianity does not end with how we can relieve our own. We are charged to recognize the burdens of others, and commit to carry them for as long as they exist.

7. MacArthur Grant Will Create ‘Sesame Street’ for Syrian Refugees

The MacArthur Foundation announced a $100 million grant to the Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee to create an early childhood program for Syrian refugees.

8. How a Group of Immigration Attorneys Stopped a Deportation Flight to Cambodia

Attorneys argue that the Trump administration’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun deporting Cambodians at unprecedented speed and breaking their own regulations to do so.

9. President Obama Plays Santa at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington

“I hope in your communities you guys are all doing something wonderful that brings us all together at a time that people are feeling stress sometimes and anxious about the future.”

10. Daily Inspiration: Now and Into 2018

The morning reminder you need. An example from today’s Verse & Voice:

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