Weekly Wrap 1.3.20: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week | Sojourners

Weekly Wrap 1.3.20: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. What the Stories That Shaped 2019 Tell Us About 2020

Before we run head first into 2020 and all of the stressors of the coming election season, we wanted first to reflect on last year — to take a look at the top 10 stories that shaped our coverage, the commentary that spurred conversations, and the reflections that stirred the soul — and how the work will continue in the new year.

2. Pastor Hosting Trump Pledges Safety for Undocumented

Pastor Guillermo Maldonado told undocumented members of his congregation that he guaranteed they would not be in danger if they decided to attend the event President Trump is having at the church.

3. Is Brazil Becoming an Evangelical Theocracy?

Bolsonaro is forming alliances and shaping policies according to conservative evangelical religion.

4. The Designated Mourner

Joe Biden is the most gothic figure in American politics. He is haunted by death, not just by the private tragedies his family has endured, but by a larger and more public sense of loss.

5. Plantation Weddings Erase a Legacy of Terror

With picturesque homes and landscapes, plantations promote a false message of comfort and simplicity. But the people who worked the grounds, managed the home, and fostered their families enjoyed none of the supposed serenity.

6. Why the 2010s Were the End of White Christian America

Of all the changes to identity and belonging, the century’s second decade has been particularly marked by a religious sea change.

7. How Christians in Nigeria Are Responding to an Incarceration Crisis

For more than a decade, reform of Nigeria’s congested prisons has stalled, becoming a perennial problem for successive governments. Courts are bogged down with a huge backlog of cases, delaying the delivery of justice. Corruption among judicial officers only makes matters worse inside the prisons.

8. Why the Editor of Christianity Today Decided to Rebuke Trump

Mark Galli is asked some critical questions in a Q&A with the New Yorker’s Isaac Chotiner.

9. 'The Two Popes' Explores the Failures, Humanity of Benedict and Francis

The film humanizes the two popes, while exploring their different ecclesial emphases: church as an inward-facing haven from the world or church as an outward-facing sojourner.

10. The Best Things to Eat and Drink to Fight Wintertime Dread

Tips from cooks and eaters in the coldest parts of the world.

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