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Merriam-Webster Names 'Justice' Top Word of 2018

by the Web Editors 12-19-2018

“Justice” was on people’s hearts, minds, and search histories this year. The word was named Merriam-Webster’s "Word of the Year" for 2018 after being consulted by users 74 percent more than in 2017.

Weekly Wrap 12.14.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 12-14-2018

1. ‘Tis the Season: Here’s How Jesus Became So Widely Accepted as White

“White Jesus is so much more than an icon. It’s not neutral because it has been proliferated and it’s expanded in terms of its presence over centuries and it has been largely tied to what we call an imperial project. The agenda of a nation state.”

2. Cruel Messengers: The Street Preaching Industry

A look at the Street and Open-Air Preachers of America conference and how street preaching is an organized industry.

Immigration Activists Call for Shutdown of Growing Child Detention Center

by the Web Editors 12-07-2018

The group, called Shut Tornillo Down Coalition, says that the center adds to the abuse of vulnerable children by imprisoning them and separating them from their families and causes them deep harm by compounding on already existent trauma. 

Weekly Wrap 12.7.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 12-07-2018

1. VIDEO: The Church That Meets in a Parking Lot

Every year thousands of churches shutter their doors and die. But here's one congregation that found that shutting their doors — and destroying their building — gave them a new way to survive. Watch and learn more about Los Angeles First United Methodist Church.

2. He Built an Empire, With Detained Migrant Children as the Bricks

The New York Times does a deep dive on the founder of Southwest Key Programs, which has collected $1.7 billion in government contracts and houses more children who have crossed the border than any other detention group in the nation.

Interfaith Groups Call for Ceasefire and Humanitarian Aid in Yemen

by the Web Editors 11-30-2018

People gather at a United Nations aid distribution center in Hodeidah, Yemen. Nov. 13, 2018. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad

The United Religions Initiative, The Charter of Compassion, and The Parliament of the World’s Religions released a joint statement yesterday calling for “an immediate cease-fire in the civil war between the Yemen government and the Houthis rebels.”

The letter states that aid workers from religious and humanitarian organizations have been restricted from administering food, water, shelter, and healthcare to 14 million people enduring a deadly famine.

Weekly Wrap 11.30.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 11-30-2018

1. Feds deport undocumented immigrant whose church supporters went to jail to protect him

Samuel Oliver-Bruno took refuge in a church basement for 11 months until he was detained during an appointment with immigration authorities last week.

2. At Capacity: Weaponizing Inefficiency at the Border

“The asylum process is inefficient, and no one has an incentive to fix it.”

Weekly Wrap 11.21.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 11-21-2018

1. How to Have a Conversation with Your Angry Uncle Over Thanksgiving

Get some practice, via the Angry Uncle Bot, courtesy of New York Times.

2. This Is the Face of the Reconquista

“They are too young to have heard how the words Mexican and American have used against one another. In their lives, they have been combined into one. The contours of their lives cross boundaries. The hard lines of difference and the borders of the past have not formed walls of divisions for them.”

Weekly Wrap 11.16.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 11-16-2018

1. Diversity as a Second Job

“ … factoring in the unpaid demands of work as unofficial diversity and inclusion liaisons, minority journalists might actually be working twice as hard for half as much money.”

2. Where We Start the Migration Story Matters

Many have focused on the arrival of the “caravan” of asylum seekers to the U.S. But we need to start at the beginning of the journey.

Weekly Wrap 11.9.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 11-09-2018

1. A List Of Firsts For Women In This Year's Midterm Elections

The next Congress will include the first Muslim women, the first Native American women, and the youngest woman ever elected to that body.

2. Exit Polls: How Voting Blocs Have Shifted From the ’80s to Now

Democrats won the House as voters across nearly all demographic groups moved to the left, especially women and young people, according to exit polls.

Weekly Wrap 11.2.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 11-02-2018

1. Last-Minute Tips for Figuring Out Your Ballot and Making Sure You Can Vote

The midterms are here. Here’s everything you need to know to hit the polls and cast an informed vote this election season.

2. We Are Watching: Lawyers & Collars

On Nov. 6, we'll be watching at the polls to ensure all have the right to vote. Here's how you can join us.

Weekly Wrap 10.26.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 10-26-2018

1. Trump Cannot Define Away my Existence

The administration seems to think transgender people like me are as imaginary as hippogriffs.

2. The Secret Anxiety of the Upwardly Mobile

Children who do better than their parents often must choose between blending in and standing out.

Eugene Peterson, author of 'The Message,' Dies at 85

by the Web Editors 10-22-2018
Photo by Cathleen Falsani/Sojourners.

Photo by Cathleen Falsani/Sojourners.

Eugene Peterson, acclaimed author and pastor, died today at age 85.

Weekly Wrap 10.19.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 10-18-2018
  1. The Poor People’s Campaign Calls Out ‘Policy Violence’

The campaign wants to advance a new understanding of poverty as a traumatic experience inflicted by policy-makers.

  1. A Religious Leader for the Resisterhood

An Evangelical Texan is now using her pulpit to fight Trumpism. Will her flock follow?

New Database Lets You Search Racial Disparities in School Districts

by the Web Editors 10-17-2018

ProPublica has released a new interactive database that allows users to examine racial disparities in more than 96,000 individual public and charter schools, and 17,000 districts across the United States.

You can search the racial composition of individual schools and also compare school districts on issues of opportunity, discipline, segregation, and achievement gap.

Claims of Voter Suppression in Georgia's Governor Race

by the Web Editors 10-11-2018

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp speaks with visitors to the state capitol. July 24, 2018. REUTERS. 

According to a report earlier this week from The Associated Press, more than 53,000 voter registration applications have been sitting on hold with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office. The people on the list are predominantly black, and may not even know their voter registration has been held up.

Weekly Wrap 10.5.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 10-05-2018

Weekly Wrap 9.28.18: The 10 Best Stories Your Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 09-28-2018

2. What Do Survivors Need to Hear Today?

Start here: “You are beloved.” “You will recover.” “God is with you.”

3. Blocking Poor Immigrants Could Be Very Costly

“Worse health outcomes, especially among pregnant women. A jump in emergency room usage. More communicable diseases. Higher poverty and housing instability, including among U.S. citizen children. Lower productivity. Reduced educational attainment. And ‘downstream and upstream impacts on state and local economies, large and small businesses, and individuals.’ What are all these terrible things? They’re all potential consequences of a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule—according to DHS itself.”

Weekly Wrap 9.21.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 09-21-2018

1. The Quiet Evangelical Campaign to Help Republicans Hold onto the House and Senate

The Faith and Freedom Coalition, Focus on the Family’s Family Policy Alliance, and more are stepping up their ground game — and spending millions of dollars — to stave off a blue wave.

2. This Is How #MeToo Has Moved the Needle in Churches

In 2014, protestant pastors were surveyed about how they talk about sexual and domestic violence in their congregations. Results were dismal. In 2018, after nearly a year of #MeToo revelations, the survey was conducted again — here’s what’s changed.

Weekly Wrap 9.14.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 09-12-2018

1. You Owe Me an Apology

“Serena's declaration was an instantaneous declaration of freedom. Freedom for every woman who deserves an apology from the boss who gave her a #MeToo story to tell.”

2. Women Rally for More Inclusion at Toronto Film Festival

“Because our north star is not diversity. It is not inclusion. But it is belonging. We must all feel as if our voices and our stories matter.”

3. Franklin Graham’s Uneasy Alliance with Donald Trump

The evangelical pastor is well aware of the critique often levelled against him: that he’s more politically and spiritually partisan than his father, Billy

Weekly Wrap 9.7.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 09-07-2018

1. Let’s Let Thurgood Marshall Explain What’s Wrong with Brett Kavanaugh’s Originalism

From Marshall: “I do not believe that the meaning of the Constitution was forever ‘fixed’ at the Philadelphia Convention. Nor do I find the wisdom, foresight, and sense of justice exhibited by the Framers particularly profound.”

2. The Very American Activism of Colin Kaepernick

The history of usage of Kaepernick’s phrase, “dying in vain.”