Weekly Wrap 9.13.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week | Sojourners

Weekly Wrap 9.13.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Trump Pauses Peace Negotiations in Afghanistan Amid Civilian Casualties

As the U.S. grows closer to a peace deal with the Taliban and prepares to withdraw 5,000 troops from Afghanistan, experts remind us that until the civilian death toll stops, peace on the ground remains a dream.

2. ‘Someone’s Gotta Tell the Freakin’ Truth’: Jerry Falwell’s Aides Break Their Silence

More than two dozen current and former Liberty University officials describe a culture of fear and self-dealing at the largest Christian college in the world.

3. Traveling Interactive Art Brings Attention to Workplace Harassment

On Sept. 10, women's advocacy groups, survivors of workplace harassment, women's rights organizations, and other advocates partnered with Washington, D.C. artist Yacine Tilala Fall to create an interactive art installation designed to direct attention the BE HEARD in the Workplace Act — the first comprehensive federal legislation that addresses workplace harassment.

4. Wendell Berry’s Lifelong Dissent

At the core of both his writing and activism is the insight that we can’t imagine a harmonious future without confronting the destruction in our past.

5. Low Wages Will Never Be Good News to the Poor

Think about this: If you made the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, would you be able to maintain and keep up the life you have now?

6. She’s Been Through the Storm, and Now Helps Others Navigate It

The Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond is the first Black woman to lead the New York Theological Seminary.

7. 'I Had the Power of Love': A Pastor's Reflection on 9/11

On September 11th, 2001, while walking my dogs over to the Hudson River in the Greenwich Village where I lived, I heard the sound of two low-flying planes. I then witnessed everything that happened, standing there with my neighbors in utter, total disbelief.

8. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Under Fire Over Award for Narendra Modi

Alleged human rights violations cast a pall over recognition of Indian prime minister’s flagship sanitation and hygiene initiative.

9. Trump’s Executive Actions are Antithetical to Christ

The anti-Christ spirit of this age finds its expression in government policy, and how that policy creates enormous suffering in the very people Christ commands us to protect.

10. Virginia Seminary Sets Aside $1.7 Million to Pay Reparations to Descendants of Slaves

An Episcopal seminary in Virginia says it has set aside $1.7 million to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves who worked on its campus, putting the small school at the vanguard of colleges and universities who have been grappling with their roles in slavery and ways of making amends.