Friday's News & Ideas - 6/29/2018

  • Battle to overturn Roe
  • Rosaries @ the border
  • When homeless people die
  • Why universities endure
  • Quest Church pastor stepping down
  • 1960s Averagetown

The coming battle to overturn Roe v. Wade
The Atlantic: Anthony Kennedy's retirement could have a huge effect on a number of issues. Abortion may be the biggest.
Slate: "The day the womb is safe again"
The Washington Post: Overturning Roe v. Wade isn't worth compromising with Trump, my fellow evangelicals

Why a janitor saved the rosaries confiscated at the Mexican border
America: A part-time janitor for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Arizona, Tom Kiefer stepped in, salvaging the items from plastic trash bags and storing them until he could figure out how to show them to the world.

The reluctant undertakers
CityLab: What does a city do when homeless people die?

The idea of the university today
Inside Higher Ed: How have institutions like the University of Oxford endured for centuries through so many dramatic changes, asks Reverend John I. Jenkins, and what might their staying power teach us now?

Eugene Cho: Why I am stepping down as pastor of Quest Church
Christianity Today: "I don't feel burned out, but I am realizing my limitations."

The Spark

Life in a 1960s 'Averagetown'
In 1964, TV newsman David Brinkley wanted to know where Averagetown, U.S.A. was and what was on the minds of its residents. So, as CityLab reports, the U.S. Census Bureau fired up their gigantic computers to find the answer: Salem, New Jersey. As Brinkley said, "Salem is every American small town you ever saw."

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