Weekly Wrap 9.19.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week | Sojourners

Weekly Wrap 9.19.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. In Record Turnout, Demographics Shape Scotland's Emphatic No Vote
National Geographic has a recap (and stunning photos) of yesterday's vote: "Tomorrow a new campaign—for reconciliation—will begin. The referendum opened up deep, sometimes venomous, class and regional divisions."

2. WATCH: It’s On Us 
Today, the White House announced its nationwide public service campaign to prevent and respond to sexual assault on campuses. Watch and share.

3. Together We Make Football
“Football encourages some deep tremor of romance about what it means to be a man. ...Save for the military — with which it has a symbiotic relationship — the NFL is the biggest and strongest exponent of American masculinity. And integral to that notion of American masculinity is violence.”

4. Confessions of a Military Skeptic
"Do we believe that everything will be fine after we kill the last Islamic State militant?" Thomas Reese, on being neither military hawk nor pacifist in regards to ISIS, for National Catholic Reporter.

5. More than 1 in 7 Women in the U.S. Live in Poverty
According to the National Women's Law Center analysis of 2013 census poverty data, the poverty rate for women in the U.S. remains at in its 2012 rate of 14.5 percent — the highest rate in two decades. View all of the startling statistics at the link.

6. 11 Million &Me: My Story as an Undocumented Immigrant
This new blog series features the first-hand accounts of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., and some of their stories may surprise you.

7. U2: Seeking An Ecclesiology
“Do we truly have a "Church of U2" and is it in the cloud as well as the arenas around the globe? Can they send their sonic tracts anywhere they want? With 33 million downloads, is this a form of evangelism or is it simply ‘offering something beautiful?’”

8. Rift Widens Between Obama, U.S. Military Over Strategy to Fight Islamic State
Even as the administration has received congressional backing for its strategy, with the Senate voting Thursday to approve a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a series of military leaders have criticized the president’s approach against the Islamic State militant group.

9. A Love Letter to DC
A little love from GOOD Magazine for the city whose charms go way beyond the 24/7 political cycle (really!).

10. John Oliver Goes ‘Love, Actually’ for Scotland
Sure, Scotland voted last night to stay ... but there’s no reason we still can’t enjoy this over-the-top valentine from ‘Last Week Tonight’ host John Oliver. You got your wish, John. ​ 

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