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More Than 600 UMC Clergy and Laity Bring Charges Against Jeff Sessions

by the Web Editors 06-19-2018

FILE PHOTO: Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center's Annual Leadership Mission to D.C. June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/File Photo

More than 600 United Methodist clergy and laypeople have signed on to a formal complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a member of the UMC, for the charges of child abuse, immorality, racial discrimination, and dissemination of doctrines contrary to the standards of doctrine of the United Methodist Church.

Weekly Wrap 6.15.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 06-15-2018

1. Tell the White House to Stop Separating Families
Tearing children from their families is traumatic and harms their mental health. It’s also not biblical, Jeff Sessions.

2. Five First Responders to the Pulse Massacre. One Diagnosis: PTSD.
“My head’s still not right,” said one paramedic who responded to the Pulse nightclub shooting two years ago. He and some other responders say their departments haven’t given them the help they need.

Sessions Cites Bible in Defense of Separating Families

by the Web Editors 06-14-2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington, D.C., on June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday doubled down on his policy of separating parents from their children upon entering the United States illegally — by quoting Scripture. 

Dorothy Cotton, Civil Rights Pioneer, Dies at 88

by the Web Editors 06-12-2018

Image via Dorothy Cotton Institute website 

She was a leader in numerous institutes and organizations. She developed the Citizen Education Program where she trained marginalized people to become politically involved and organized and understand their civil. She was also a leader in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, serving as an educational director in the 1960s.

Black Charlottesville Counterprotester Sentenced to 20 Days in Jail

by the Web Editors 06-11-2018

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According to The Root, Long says he was acting in self-defense, using spray paint and fire after a white supremacist threatened him with a gun. Long alleges that marcher Richard Preston aimed a gun at his head and fired a bullet into the ground.

Presbyterian Church in Ireland Votes to Ban Same-Sex Couples from Membership

by the Web Editors 06-08-2018

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The vote comes in the wake of the church breaking ties with the Church of Scotland due to its more liberal attitude to same-sex relationships, as it moves closer to allowing clergy to marry same-sex couples.

Weekly Wrap 6.8.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 06-08-2018

4. The Forgotten Psychological Wounds of the Stress of Migration

“Focus of resettlement of Syrian refugees has been on immediate minimum housing and financial and physical health care needs. Mental health, which requires greater language and cultural familiarity, has typically not been a priority before and after arrival in the U.S.”

5. My Life-Changing Switch to Only TV Shows That Feature Real Black Lives

“These women are not loudmouth, promiscuous, or asexual stereotypes. These are shows in which I am affirmed, in which Black women, Black people—Blackness—are affirmed.”

IDF to Investigate Killing of Palestinian Medic in Gaza Violence

by the Web Editors 06-04-2018

A relative mourns during the funeral of Palestinian nurse Razan Al-Najar, who according to health officials and a witness was killed by Israeli forces as she tried to help a wounded protester at theGaza border, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip June 2, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Violence in the Gaza Strip has been raging for more than two months, with more than 115 casualties in the "Great March of Return" protests organized by Hamas, a militant group that controls Gaza. Since the end of March, Palestinians have been protesting to shed light on on the Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza, and also call for the “right of return” for Palestinian refugees displaced since the 1948 war.

Weekly Wrap 6.1.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 06-01-2018

1. Hidden Horrors of ‘Zero Tolerance’—Mass Trials and Children Taken From Their Parents

Don’t let the “well, actually” Twitterverse distract you from what it still horrifying news: “More than 700 children were taken from adults claiming to be their parents from October 2017 through April 2018, including more than 100 children under the age of 4.” Listen here to the audio from one of these mass trials.

World Vision Names New President

by the Web Editors 05-31-2018

Image via World Vision 

Sandoval succeeds Richard Stearns who served at the organization since 1998 until his retirement this year. Streams was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009. 

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