Thursday's News & Ideas - 3/15/2018

  • Lutheran seminary president ousted
  • Koch brothers vs. God
  • CoE overlooked sexual abuse
  • Rethinking incarceration
  • Nun in the Loyola huddle
  • National Geographic on race

Lutheran seminary president ousted in controversy over past 'conversion therapy' work
PennLive: Fired seminary president calls board's action unfair and says she's been "scapegoated by an historically divided institution resistant to unification."

The Koch brothers vs. God The fossil fuel lobby preached its gospel in Virginia. Now, black churches are fighting back.

Church overlooked sexual abuse by bishop because he was gay, former Archbishop suggests
The (London) Telegraph: The Church of England may have overlooked abuse by pedophile bishop Peter Ball because he was gay, a former Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested.

'Rethinking Incarceration' author on justice, race and the fact Jesus was incarcerated
Religion News Service: The problems in the United States' criminal justice system go all the way back to slavery, according to Dominique DuBois Gilliard, who directs racial reconciliation work for the Evangelical Covenant Church.

The nun in Loyola-Chicago's huddle has a few things to say
The New York Times: Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, 98, compiles scouting reports and supportive emails for the Ramblers every game. But it is in her game day prayers that she really finds her voice.

The Spark

These twins, one black and one white, will make you rethink race
Marcia and Millie Biggs say they've never been subjected to racism -- just curiosity and surprise that twins could have such different skin colors. Their story is part of The Race Issue, a special issue of National Geographic that explores how race defines, separates, and unites us.

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