Weekly Wrap 4.19.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week | Sojourners

Weekly Wrap 4.19.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Holy Week and the Hatred of the Jews

Jesus of Nazareth, charged by the Roman authorities with sedition, dies on a Roman cross. But Jews ― all Jews ― become known as "Christ-killers." Every year, the same difficulty surfaces: how can a gospel of love be proclaimed, if that same gospel is heard to promote hatred of Jesus's own people?

2. Women Are the First Liberators in the Exodus Story

Like many refugees, they must have lain awake at night imagining life in a new land, where they could settle and begin anew in freedom.

3. Why Are So Many Fictional Teens Entering Cults?

“Cults, and the forces at play within them, are not new—but their presence in these books reflects a desire to engage with an increasingly polarized sociopolitical landscape.”

4. What Can Spring Teach Us About Our Own Healing?

In western society, we like to think of things happening on a linear path; even our sense of time controls the way we interact with one another. But if we really pay attention to what is happening outside of us, we realize that life is meant to be processed in a cycle.

5. Greta Thunberg Meets the Pope After Scolding EU Over Climate Change

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg met the Pope on Wednesday, a day after she urged European Union leaders to "panic" about climate change.

6. LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care See More Barriers Than Others in the System

“It’s not just about how they got into the system, it’s also about figuring out a way to make sure that their experience in the system is respectful and affirming.”

7. Once, the ‘Judeo-Christian Tradition’ United Americans. Now it Divides Them.

The Judeo-Christian tradition has become a partisan catchphrase.

8. 'Diane' Reveals the Roads We Travel As We Look For Community

Are we experiencing the community of interdependent souls, bearing each other’s burdens, or are we just near people, none of us ever quite asking each other the right questions?

9. Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind

In three decades of advocating for prison abolition, the activist and scholar has helped transform how people think about criminal justice.

10. Death and Resurrection. Addiction and Recovery

Resurrection is not just a promise that things can return to the way things were before but that new life, something even better than before, is possible.