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Quote of the Day

 

“I thought I had a handle on suffering. I thought I had a handle on understanding the sovereignty of God. I didn’t know crap. At the end of the day, what I know now is: I’m alive, I believe in God, I have faith, and that’s where it stops.”

 

-- Matthew Williams, a former minister and Army chaplain whose outlook on God, religion and suffering was transformed by post-traumatic stress following deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. (Washington Post)

 

 

Thorough Thursday

 

The Rise of the Religious Left: Why the old ‘moral majority’ is crumbling

By Rev. Jennifer Butler, Medium

 

It looks like the religious left is back for round two after four decades of Christian right dominance. This election cycle has not been and will not be politics or religion as usual.

RELIGION AND POLITICS

 

 

Is the GOP losing its religion?

By E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post

 

In American politics, where has God gone? … Especially among Republicans, religious issues have taken a back seat in the party’s discourse and religious leaders are playing a diminished role in the 2016 campaign.

RELIGION AND POLITICS

 

 

 

Unsettling U.S. Political Climate Galvanizes Muslims to Vote

By Carol Pogash, New York Times

 

After Friday Prayer at the Oakland Islamic Center, Mamoun Kund, a 51-year-old Sudanese-American, sat at a table and did something he had not done in the 11 years he has been a citizen: He registered to vote.

RELIGION AND POLITICS

 

 

 

Meet the nun trying to reform Exxon Mobil

By Melissa Cronin, Grist

 

Meet the nun wielding $100 billion to reform Exxon Mobil. Sr. Patricia Daly, along with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, was there to propose a resolution that Exxon acknowledge its “moral imperative” and address climate change.

CLIMATE CHANGE, RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

 

The rabbis of Conservative Judaism pass a resolution supporting transgender rights

By Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post

 

An influential body of rabbis passed a resolution last week calling for synagogues to be “explicitly welcoming” to transgender people. As the country debates which bathrooms transgender people can use, the rabbis of Conservative Judaism officially declared their support of transgender rights.

RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

 

Albany bishop backs farm workers on overtime, unions

By Associated Press

 

Farmworkers joined by Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger and other supporters rallied Wednesday outside New York’s Capitol for legislation to guarantee them overtime pay while removing the state’s ban on joining a union.

ECON0MIC JUSTICE, RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

 

Philadelphia has a hotline for undocumented immigrants facing raids

By Janell Ross, Washington Post

 

Fr. John Olenick, who is from North Carolina, has been an ordained minister since 2003 and pastor at Visitation BVM since 2003. He previously served in the Bronx. And while some will dismiss him as a bleeding heart liberal, in some ways, Olenick makes a very faith-based case for direct political involvement in immigration.

IMMIGRATION, RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

 

Connecticut high court reaffirms death penalty repeal

By Elizabeth A. Elliott, National Catholic Reporter

 

The Connecticut Supreme Court upheld the abolishment of the death penalty for everyone in the state, which means 11 men on death row would be re-sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release, according to the Hartford Courant.

DEATH PENALTY

 

 

 

Payday loans face new limits under proposal from U.S. consumer bureau

By Lisa Lambert, Reuters

 

The U.S. agency charged with protecting consumers from financial abuse unveiled a proposal on Thursday that would limit short-term borrowings known as “payday” loans, which can carry interest rates as high as 390 percent.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

 

 

 

Old and on the Street: The Graying of America’s Homeless

By Adam Nagourney, New York Times

 

They lean unsteadily on canes and walkers, or roll along the sidewalks of Skid Row here in beat-up wheelchairs, past soiled sleeping bags, swaying tents and piles of garbage. They wander the streets in tattered winter coats, even in the warmth of spring. They worry about the illnesses of age.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

 

 

Deep Dive of the Week

 

Millennials match Baby Boomers as largest generation in U.S. electorate, but will they vote?

By Richard Fry, Pew Research Center

 

Millennials, who already have surpassed Baby Boomers as the United States’ largest living generation, now have caught up to the Boomers when it comes to their share of the American electorate.

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