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Weekly Wrap 5.25.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Fresh Off Royal Sermon, Bishop Warns ‘Somebody Woke Up Jim Crow’

CNN covers last night’s Reclaiming Jesus Service and Vigil to the White House that drew more than 2,000 people to hear Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Rev. Jim Wallis, Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, and other church elders.

And if you missed it …

2. You Can Watch the Full Video of the Reclaiming Jesus Service Here

3. From Bible Study to Google: How Some Christian Conservatives Fact-Check the News and End Up Confirming Existing Beliefs

Google is not a fact checker.

4. Pa’lante Is an Ode to Puerto Rico’s Future

The arrival of Pa’lante is timely. Just last week, CNN reported that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had stopped working to restore power lines downed during the hurricane. Their departure leaves at least 13,870 Puerto Ricans in the dark.

5. Parents, Children Ensnared in ‘Zero-Tolerance’ Border Prosecutions

“It is still unclear what happens to the children of parents who are prosecuted, said Laura St. John, legal director with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project based in Arizona. Technically, once the child is separated from the parent they are deemed an unaccompanied minor and their cases should be processed separately.”

6. How the Poor People’s Campaign’s Empowerment Model Builds the Movement

“It is not enough to post, engage, observe, or encourage from a distance. You cannot be part of the movement by commenting, or listening to a live stream. You have to show up.”

7. Jason Bateman Showed How ‘Family’ Is Used to Excuse the Inexcusable

There’s a lot to say about the New York Times’ Arrested Development interview. Bateman has since apologized for the way he defended co-star Jeffrey Tambor’s verbal abuse of his on-screen wife Jessica Walter, but BuzzFeed dives into why his usage of the term “family” is so often invoked.

8. Why I Led a Renaming Ceremony for My Young Transgender Congregant

“We experience being known in many different ways: in baptism, whether as infants or children or adults, in confirmations, in ordinations, in weddings. We haven't had anything for people who have transitioned to change their name or ask that we use different pronouns for them. Yet this is obviously a really profound shift in who they understand themselves to be. It’s important for the church to affirm that identity, and name it as good.”

9. Black Entrepreneurs Lead the Charge in Baltimore’s Economic Renewal

“As state and city officials are pledging millions of dollars to demolition or auction city-owned properties blocks at a time—even debating a bill that would allow the sale of properties for as little as $1 —Black entrepreneurs are helping locals benefit from urban development by utilizing abandoned properties for the community.”

10. Conservatives Fail the NFL’s Free Speech Test

In the New York Times, David French writes about the hypocrisy of the new NFL policy, limiting the free expression of its players.

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