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Dr. James H. Cone Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
This year Dr. Cone received the 2018 Grawemeyer Award for Religion from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary for the The Cross and the Lynching Tree which “passionately conjoins the provocative images of the first century cross and the twentieth-century lynching tree.” As he writes, “Both are symbols of the death of the innocent, mob hysteria, humiliation, and terror. They both also reveal a thirst for life that refuses to let the worst determine our final meaning and demonstrate that God can transform ugliness into beauty, into God’s liberating presence.” His theological memoir, Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody, will be published this October by Orbis.
These Churches Will No Longer Call the Police, for Any Reason
"You’re talking about state violence against communities. You have to speak up and take a stand about that. There’s not a nice way to just play in the middle."
Weekly Wrap 4.20.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
“I’m reminded that at the root of much of the Christian Right’s antipathy to gun control is a sense of fear — a sense that they are the final guardians of God’s will for America, that they are being overrun by something they see as from the devil.”
The unwarranted arrest of two black men — who were prepping for a meeting — inside a Philadelphia Starbucks is just the latest incident in the chain’s history.
North and South Korea Reportedly Set to Officially End War
Lawmakers from North and South Korea are reported to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the 1950-1953 Korean conflict that ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.
Trump Signs Executive Order Pushing Work for Welfare Recipients
"Work requirements do not create jobs; they instead create barriers to assistance for those who need them, oftentimes when their situation is most dire," House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (M.D.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-C.A.) said in a joint statement. "This executive order perpetuates false and racist stereotypes about certain groups supposedly taking advantage of government assistance."
Weekly Wrap 4.13.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
“The story of the Asian body in America is a story about rules, money, race, and imperialism.”
When local governments collaborate with ICE, deportations increase—in some places, more than 75 percent. But New Mexico shows a different way.
Intersectional Climate Justice
The survey illustrates the intersectionality of race and environmental justice, referencing research by the NAACP that found that race is the principle indicator of the level of susceptibility to environmentally-caused negative health outcomes, as well as economic and pyschological impacts.
Willow Creek Founder Bill Hybels Announces Resignation Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations
"I believe the women who have come forward because our stories are so similar," Vonda Dyer, a former leader of the church’s vocal ministry, wrote in a statement recounting Hybels' unwanted sexual advances 20 years ago. "For the sake of the other women and for the sake of the church, I cannot stay silent.”
Dozens Killed in Chemical Attack in Syria
More than 500 people, including many children, were bought to medical centers showing signs of chemical attacks. Footage shows images of dead bodies with foam visible on their noses and mouths — a clear sign of a chemical attack.
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