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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.