Wednesday's News & Ideas - 5/9/2018

  • William Barber revives MLK campaign
  • 25 influential American Muslims
  • Union sells dormitory
  • Lutherans elect two African-American woman bishops
  • The greatest teacher
  • Love without words

William Barber takes on poverty and race in the age of Trump
New Yorker: After the success of the Moral Monday protests, the pastor is attempting to revive Martin Luther King, Jr.,’s final -- and most radical -- campaign.

25 influential American Muslims
CNN: CNN spent a year interviewing more than 100 American Muslims, asking who they think are the most influential Muslims in their fields. Together, they compose one of the world’s most eclectic and innovative Muslim communities – and they all have remarkable stories to tell.

BCN to buy Union Theological Seminary’s dorm for $50M-plus
The Real Deal: Craig Nassi of BCN Development plans to buy and renovate Union Theological Seminary’s dormitory, likely for residential use. The seminary plans to lease the dormitory back from Nassi for the next three to five years while a new building is constructed a block away.
NY YIMBY: Trinity Church commences first rejuvenation in 70 years

In historic votes, Lutherans elect two African-American women bishops
Religion News Service: A synod of the ELCA made history Saturday by electing the Rev. Patricia A. Davenport the denomination’s first female African-American bishop. One day later, a synod 900 miles away elected the second, the Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld.

The death of the greatest religious teacher you never heard of
Religion News Service: Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin writes that Alban Institute founder Loren B. Mead changed his life -- even though Salkin never met him.

The Spark

No words exchanged, but no question of the love between us
Since her son Nick was born with autism, Amy Morris-Young has found that the words upon which she had so greatly relied all her life amounted to exactly zilch when it came to raising him.

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