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Weekly Wrap 5.25.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 05-25-2018

1. Fresh Off Royal Sermon, Bishop Warns ‘Somebody Woke Up Jim Crow’

CNN covers last night’s Reclaiming Jesus Service and Vigil to the White House that drew more than 2,000 people to hear Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Rev. Jim Wallis, Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, and other church elders.

And if you missed it …

2. You Can Watch the Full Video of the Reclaiming Jesus Service Here

Evangelicals Least Likely to Believe U.S. Should Accept Refugees

by the Web Editors 05-24-2018

British United Nations Ambassador Karen Pierce consoles a twelve-year-old Rohingya refugee near Cox’s Bazar, in Bangladesh, April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Michelle Nichols

Of the 43 percent who do not believe the U.S. has a responsibility to accept refugees, polling showed that no group agrees less with that idea than white evangelical Protestants, at 68 percent.

New NFL Policy Requires Players on Field to Stand During the National Anthem

by the Web Editors 05-23-2018

Houston Texans linebacker Lamarr Houston and cornerback Kevin Johnson kneel during the anthem, October 29, 2017. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

In the 2016 season, many players followed in the footsteps of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest against police brutality and racial inequality sparking a national debate. 

Watch Sister Norma Pimentel's Notre Dame Commencement Address

by the Web Editors 05-21-2018

Image via University of Notre Dame

Sister Pimentel spoke on her own experiences as a child of Mexican immigrants and urged graduates to listen to God's call to stand in solidarity with the vulnerable and to be a voice for the voiceless. 

WATCH: Bishop Michael Curry's Royal Wedding Sermon

by the Web Editors 05-19-2018

Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the American Episcopal Church, delivered the sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday, focusing on God as a source of love — and justice.

Weekly Wrap 5.18.18: The Ten Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 05-18-2018

4. David Letterman Just Can’t Figure Out Why He Never Had Women Writers

Letterman brought up the topic in an interview with Tina Fey on his new Netflix show — to not great effect. “If in the previous three decades, Letterman had hired greater numbers of diverse writers, he would have transformed the comedy world. He chose not to, and that’s part of his legacy.”

Dozens of Palestinian Protesters Killed as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem

by the Web Editors 05-14-2018

A Palestinian demonstrator reacts during a protest against U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

U.S. President Donald Trump announced last December plans to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in a move to recognize Jersualem as the capital of Israel, upending decades of U.S. policy and outraging Palestinians.

Stephen Colbert Leads Anna Wintour in a Papal Fashion-Off

by the Web Editors 05-11-2018

“Is there a security system protecting all this stuff, or is the security just the crushing guilt you will feel if you take anything?,” Colbert asks.

Weekly Wrap 5.11.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 05-11-2018

1. Black Activist Jailed for His Facebook Posts Speaks Out About FBI Surveillance

Rakem Balogun is believed to be the first person targeted and prosecuted under a secretive U.S. surveillance effort to track so-called “black identity extremists.”

2. You’re Not That Special, and Other Lessons from Kate Bowler

“It makes sense that Kate Bowler, whose career began with a motorcycle-driving pastor of a Mennonite megachurch, would also be the person you’d want to hear from about life with incurable Stage 4 cancer. When life hands you the incomprehensible, sometimes all you can do is pay attention.”

Faith and Human Rights Organizations Call for Senate to Oppose Gina Haspel

by the Web Editors 05-09-2018

Acting CIA Director Gina Haspel is sworn in prior to testifying at her Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Haspel reportedly led a secret black site in Thailand where torture techniques were used on detainees. She also played a role in destroying videos documenting the torture of detainees, specifically ones tied to the 9/11 attacks.

Thousands of Southern Baptist Women Sign Petition Against Paige Patterson

by the Web Editors 05-07-2018

Image via RNS/Adelle M. Banks 

The letter was published May 6 in the wake of a video of Patterson making objectifying comments about a teenage girl in a 2014 sermon and the surfacing of an audio recording of Patterson advising victims of domestic violence not to divorce their spouses. 

Weekly Wrap 5.4.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 05-04-2018

9. These UNESCO-Protected Mansions in Istanbul Were Rotting Away. Then Syrians Refugees Moved In.

“Few of the residents in the area know that the wooden houses they live in are of immense historical importance. They are some of the last surviving Ottoman-era mansions in Istanbul, where vast construction projects and a relentless drive for modernization have transformed the city’s landscape in the last century.”

10. 10 Pieces You Need to Read About Sexual Assault and the Church

Our prayer is this: May our reading and writing lead to preaching and legislating, may our preaching and legislating heal trauma and end sexual violence. Amen.

Weekly Wrap 4.27.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 04-27-2018

4. Weeping Responsibly: 3 Ways White Women Can Learn to Grieve, Heal, and Stand Without Harm

Much has been said over the past couple of weeks about the impact of white women’s tears. Here, the author unpacks that and offers ways to stand strong in a misogynistic culture without harming others.

Trump Administration Must Accept New DACA Applications, Federal Judge Rules

by the Web Editors 04-25-2018

Activists and DACA recipients march up Broadway during the start of their 'Walk to Stay Home,' a five-day 250-mile walk from New York to Washington D.C., to demand that Congress pass a Clean Dream Act, in Manhattan, New York, U.S., February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

“DACA’s rescission was arbitrary and capricious because the Department failed adequately to explain its conclusion that the program was unlawful,” Bates wrote in his opinion statement released Tuesday. “Neither the meager legal reasoning nor the assessment of litigation risk provided by DHS to support its rescission decision is sufficient to sustain termination of the DACA program.”

Neo-Nazi Counterprotesters Face ‘Aggressive Over-Policing’ in Georgia

by the Web Editors 04-24-2018

Image via John Kittelsrud / Flickr

Described by Christopher Mathias of the Huffington Post as "the most aggressive over-policing [he has] ever seen," images circulating on Twitter showed heavily armed police officers pointing weapons at seemingly unarmed counterprotesters. 

Dr. James H. Cone Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

by the Web Editors 04-20-2018

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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

by the Web Editors 04-20-2018

"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

by the Web Editors 04-20-2018

1. ‘We Are Heavily Armed. —the Pastors’: The Root of the Christian Right’s Embrace of Guns

“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.”

2. A Short Timeline of Starbucks’ Fraught History with Race

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

by the Web Editors 04-17-2018

Image via Mattis Kaminer / Shutterstock.com

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

by the Web Editors 04-16-2018

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up the executive order on withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership after signing it in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

"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."