Weekly Wrap 12.7.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week | Sojourners

Weekly Wrap 12.7.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. VIDEO: The Church That Meets in a Parking Lot

Every year thousands of churches shutter their doors and die. But here's one congregation that found that shutting their doors — and destroying their building — gave them a new way to survive. Watch and learn more about Los Angeles First United Methodist Church.

2. He Built an Empire, With Detained Migrant Children as the Bricks

The New York Times does a deep dive on the founder of Southwest Key Programs, which has collected $1.7 billion in government contracts and houses more children who have crossed the border than any other detention group in the nation.

3. From Grassroots to Government: A Climate Assessment Presents a Moral Challenge

Climate change will not affect everyone equally, the report shows, but no one is slated to be left untouched. Here’s how secular and faith-based advocates are stepping up.

4. At Sanders’ Big Climate Change Town Hall, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Steals the Show

… awkward interruption about her shoes and all.

5. Molina Siblings Donate $10 Million for the Creation of the Smithsonian’s First Permanent Latino Gallery Space

“Latino history is American history and we have a responsibility to reflect the stories and experiences of Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. today,” the center’s director said.

6. PHOTO ESSAY: FARC Ex-Combatants Live in Fragile Peace in Colombia

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia offers support and training on trauma management, self-protection, and legal issues to both ex-combatants and the communities they are reintegrating into, to help alleviate the risk of re-victimization, or relapse into violent conflict.

7. Is Climate-Positive Design Possible?

Going beyond zero emissions, some advocates are pushing city planners to revamp neighborhoods to cancel out more carbon than they emit. But is it feasible?

8. After Samuel Oliver-Bruno’s Deportation, a Sanctuary Community Suffers Together

“The ways Samuel contributes to our family and has formed us is really powerful. This is not the story of a church doing a really good thing for someone in distress … This is the story of a person coming into a community and changing that community.”

9. Media Plays into Trump’s Narrative on the Migrant Caravan

“ … images—of staged barbed-wire fence laying, of migrants climbing walls that are not part of a border, of masked migrants and children fleeing border agents firing tear gas and, especially, of thousands of people migrating at once—are simplistic, and end up minimizing the systemic, long-term crisis at the heart of the Central American migration story.”

10. Nobody Believed Neil deGrasse Tyson’s First Accuser. Now, There Are Three More.

BuzzFeed News chronicles the stories of the now four women who have accused Tyson of harassment or assault.