Weekly Wrap 5.11.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

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By the Web Editors 5-11-2018

1. Black Activist Jailed for His Facebook Posts Speaks Out About FBI Surveillance

Rakem Balogun is believed to be the first person targeted and prosecuted under a secretive U.S. surveillance effort to track so-called “black identity extremists.”

2. You’re Not That Special, and Other Lessons from Kate Bowler

“It makes sense that Kate Bowler, whose career began with a motorcycle-driving pastor of a Mennonite megachurch, would also be the person you’d want to hear from about life with incurable Stage 4 cancer. When life hands you the incomprehensible, sometimes all you can do is pay attention.”

3. The Real Controversy at the Heart of the Met Gala

“The question of what priests and popes should wear — and the scale of grandeur they should evoke — ties into a much wider ecclesiastical culture clash over liturgy, pomp, and tradition.”

4. How Do We Take Our Faith to the 'Streets' in the New Public Square?

“We can’t control the words or actions of those in political power, or those in religion who have become their chaplains. But we can control what we do, what we believe, how we pray, how we speak, and how we act — and where we do it.”

5. ISIS Murdered Her Son. But She Wasn’t Going to Let That Be His Only Legacy

A beautiful profile of slain journalist Jim Foley’s mother, Diane, on her faith, her work, and how she survived his Jim’s death.

6. 45 Stories of Sex and Consent on Campus

In the #MeToo era, the definition and limitations of consent comes to the fore via these testimonies.

7. Faith Communities Worldwide Are Meeting the Refugee Crisis by Testing the Ancient Practice of Sanctuary. Will It Work?

Here’s your Friday #longread unpacking global “Goldilocks zones” — “in which a society is just inhumane enough to ignore the suffering of vulnerable strangers, rendering sanctuary necessary, but just humane enough to refrain from violating the sanctity of its faith communities.” 

8. New Trump Administration Policy Means Children Are Likely to Be Separated from Their Parents at the Border

It is no longer a priority to keep detained families at the same site.

9. Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ Video Is Also an Indictment of Today’s Church

One more take on the video to add to your queue.

10. Spurs Assistant Coach Becky Hammon First Woman to Interview for Head-Coaching Job in the NBA

“Hammon coached the Spurs' summer league team to a Las Vegas Summer League championship in 2015. She was a six-time All-Star in her 16-year WNBA playing career, retiring in 2014 to accept the San Antonio assistant-coaching job under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.”

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