Common Good News 10/24/16

I think the church is one of the few places now where people who are different politically come together. There is this notion in the Episcopal church that despite our differences we come together at the table every Sunday for Holy Communion. That’s a gift we have to offer.
— Bishop Stephen Lane, head of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, at an event sponsored by the Maine Council of Churches on civility in politics. (Bangor Daily News)

Max Lucado Featured in Anti-Trump Ad Launched by Progressive Christian Group

By Samuel Smith, Christian Post

The liberal-leaning nonprofit Faith in Public Life Action recently launched four different short advertisement videos that have been posted to social media sites like Facebook, YouTube and Pandora. Additionally, the organization is paying as much as $300,000 to run the video ads on prominent online news websites in key battleground states like North Carolina, Ohio, Georgia, Florida and Virginia.

 

Border mass with pope’s U.S. envoy backs immigration reform

By Associated Press

On Sunday Pope Francis's ambassador in the United States, French Archbishop Christophe Pierre, celebrated a cross-border Mass at a large security fence dividing the U.S. and Mexico, in a gesture intended to demonstrate the Church's support for immigration reform and humane treatment of migrants.

 

Their first goal in rural N.C. was disaster relief. The other: Being the face of Islam in a red state.

By Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post

Plodding in their blue disaster-relief vests through neighborhoods devastated by floods, tornadoes and fires, they frequently encounter people who are “pretty surprised to see Muslims,” said Hani Hamwi, 29, the charity’s disaster response team manager.

 

Religious leaders mark centennial of S.C. lynching

By Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service

Religious leaders are joining a pilgrimage to rural South Carolina to mark the centennial of the lynching of a successful black farmer, hoping to draw attention to the history of killings of African-Americans and begin healing of racial divisions.

 

Black Rabbinical Student Leads Chicago Push Against Gun Violence

By Ben Sales, Forward

Manasseh, a lifelong Chicagoan who attended Jewish day school and is now studying to be a rabbi, has always been proud to be Jewish and black. But gun violence, which has surrounded the 38-year-old since she was a kid, has accentuated both the tensions and connections between the two parts of her identity.

 

Churches and political parties are in the same pickle

By Thomas Reese, National Catholic Reporter

Earlier this week at a Fordham University panel discussion on the election, I was asked, "Is there some similarity between the dissatisfaction and disengagement we see among Americans for religious institutions with the same phenomena for political parties?"

 

Religious voters turning away from Trump

By Mark Silk, Religion News Service

Over the past two decades, the biggest story in religious voting patterns has been the emergence of the so-called God gap — the tendency of religious voters regardless of affiliation to prefer Republicans and of less religious ones to prefer Democrats.

 

Sea level rise is a religious issue

By Jeffrey Salkin, Religion News Service

Today, Sea Level Rise disproportionately affects poor, low-lying neighborhoods. That is how I “got religion” on the SLR issue. I came to realize that the basic religious texts of the Western traditions tell us to worry about Sea Level Rise.

 

The Death Penalty, Nearing Its End

By the Editorial Board, New York Times

Although the death penalty is still considered constitutional by the Supreme Court, Americans’ appetite for this barbaric practice diminishes with each passing year. The signs of capital punishment’s impending demise are all around.

 

WEBINAR: Women faith leaders and the 2016 election

Women faith leaders have strongly impacted the 2016 election narrative. In fact, more than 1,200 women clergy and leaders joined a public statement organized by Faith in Public Life Action CEO Rev. Jennifer Butler. Join Jennifer on Friday, October 28th, at 2:30pm EDT, for an important webinar and dialogue about how women can continue speaking out about the issues raised by the 2016 campaigns. Register here!