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Paula White Faces Theological Backlash After Saying Jesus Never Broke the Law

by the Web Editors 07-11-2018

Children are escorted to the Cayuga Center, which provides foster care and other services to immigrant children separated from their families, in New York City, U.S., July 10, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

After praising a child detention center in Virginia, White responded to immigration advocates, saying, "I think so many people have taken biblical scriptures out of context on this, to say stuff like, 'Well, Jesus was a refugee.' Yes, He did live in Egypt for three-and-a-half years. But it was not illegal. If He had broken the law then He would have been sinful and He would not have been our Messiah."

Weekly Wrap 7.6.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 07-06-2018

1. Women Faith Leaders Bear Witness at the U.S.-Mexico Border
“Gloria Anzaldúa famously referred to the U.S.-Mexico border as una herida abierta — an open wound. … But if the border is a wound, then perhaps we can best describe our nation as doubting Thomas before his encounter with Christ.”

2. Americans Are Having Fewer Babies. They Told Us Why.
From The New York Times. Spoiler alert: Babies are expensive.

Scott Pruitt Resigns as EPA Chief

by the Web Editors 07-05-2018

FILE PHOTO: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington. June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has resigned, Trump said on Thursday.

2017 Marked Massive Drop in U.S. Resettlement of Refugees

by the Web Editors 07-05-2018

A Rohingya refugee is seen in Balukhali refugee camp at dawn near Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh, March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne//File Photo

But in 2017, only 33,000 refugees resettled in the U.S., the country’s lowest total since the years following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and a sharp decline from 2016, when it resettled about 97,000.

Photos from Families Belong Together Rallies Across the Nation

by the Web Editors 06-30-2018

Jonathan Reed of Silver Spring, Md., holds up a sign as he stands in a spray of water from a fire truck during rally in Washington, D.C. June 30. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in cities across the United States on Saturday to demand the Trump administration reverse an immigration crackdown that has separated children from parents at the U.S-Mexico border and led to plans for military-run detention camps.

Weekly Wrap 6.29.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 06-29-2018

1. How We Treat Immigrants Is How We Treat God

“There may be political, economic, and personal reasons for an unwillingness to love immigrants, but according to Jesus, there are no spiritual ones."

2. Hey, White People: Pixar’s Dumpling Short ‘Bao’ Isn’t About You

A uniquely Chinese immigrant story has left white, Western moviegoers baffled.

3. The Neuroscience of Pain

Brain imaging is illuminating the neural patterns behind pain’s infinite variety

Funeral Held for Antwon Rose, Unarmed Teen Shot by Police, Amid Protests

by the Web Editors 06-25-2018

Image via TheNoxid / Flickr

Protestors have marched the streets of downtown Pittsburgh since Rose, 17, was fatally shot three times by an East Pittsburgh police officer as he ran from a vehicle, after it was stopped by police who were investigating a nearby shooting.

Weekly Wrap 6.22.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 06-22-2018

1. AUDIO: Good News or Bad News? The Meaning of ‘Evangelical’ in Today’s America

Jim Wallis recorded this episode of his podcast Soul of the Nation live from The Summit, Sojourners’ annual gathering of leaders and change makers. Here, he talks with some of those leaders to discuss what the word “evangelical” means in our present context.

2. Meet the Man Going Head-to-Head with Federal Agents to Help Asylum-Seeking Immigrants Cross the Border

It takes physically showing up.

From Franklin Graham and Ralph Reed to the AME and Friends: Religious Leaders Say No to Family Separation

by the Web Editors 06-19-2018

Women of faith gather outside U.S. Customs and Border Protection on June 19 to demand an end to family separation. Image via Jenna Barnett/Sojourners.

A breathtaking number of faith groups across denominations and traditions have condemned the Trump administration’s new decision to separate families at the border, along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ remarks about why this practice is biblical. From leaders like Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention and Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, even Franklin Graham, a longtime and vocal Trump supporter, to groups like the Sikh Coalition, the Jewish Orthodox Union, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Friends Committee have all made statements condemning the approach. Here are a few statements from some of the organizations that have spoken out against the separation of families, and the policies pursued by the Trump administration.

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

Image via Shutterstock/ Kim Kelley-Wagner

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

Image via Shutterstock

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. 

Death Toll in Puerto Rico May Exceed 4,600—Not 64

by the Web Editors 05-30-2018

Image via Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters.

Nearly 1-in-10 deaths were a direct result of the storm, and one-third could be traced to "delayed or prevented access to medical care" as a result of the storm.