Tuesday's News & Ideas - 6/13/2017

  • Iraqi Christians face deportation
  • Butler to buy seminary campus
  • Pastor/judge in bias dispute
  • Hope at the end of life
  • Managing nonprofit risk
  • Why do we lie?

America must not deport these Iraqi Christians
The Week: Dozens of immigrants were arrested and detained by ICE in Detroit on Sunday, many of them Chaldean Catholics who fled beheading, torture, bombing, rape and desecration of their houses of worship in Iraq. If ICE has its way, it is possible that at least 40 will be headed back to Iraq soon.

Butler University eyes expansion with purchase of Christian Theological Seminary campus
IndyStar: Butler University in Indianapolis plans to buy most of Christian Theological Seminary’s campus and allow CTS to lease back its existing buildings. The two institutions would remain independent.

CBF leaders side with pastor/judge in dispute over religion, bias
Baptist News Global: An Arkansas judge who also serves as a Baptist pastor told reporters that his participation in a death penalty protest is protected by a state law passed in 2015 to bolster religious freedom after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.

Hope at the end of life
Bearings: Mona Hanford is an end-of-life-care activist, teacher and writer. She chaired the conference “Journey of the Soul–Peace at Last,” which was held at the Washington National Cathedral. In this interview, she explains her work with the Hope Initiative, a program designed to offer support to those facing end-of-life decisions.

Case Study: Managing risk to scale impact
Stanford Social Science Innovation Review: Can expecting the best, but planning for the worst, prepare nonprofits and their funders to turn unexpected bumps into opportunities?

The Spark

Why we lie: the science behind our deceptive ways
Lying is something that most of us are very adept at. We lie with ease, in ways big and small, to strangers, co-workers, friends, and loved ones. Our capacity for dishonesty is as fundamental to us as our need to trust others, which ironically makes us terrible at detecting lies. Being deceitful is woven into our very fabric, so much so that it would be truthful to say that to lie is human