Monday's News & Ideas - 12/3/2019

  • Philosopher gives 10% to charity
  • Toni Morrison in Advent
  • Lesbian judge denied communion
  • Faith made Tubman fearless
  • George Clements’ legacy
  • Race to save genetic diversity

This man has donated at least 10% of his salary to charity for 10 years running
Vox: A commitment from a philosopher to give 10% of his wages to charity has galvanized over 4,000 others to do the same with his Giving What We Can pledge.

Reading Toni Morrison in Advent
Christian Century: A seasonal practice to cultivate the patient gaze to describe life as we find it.

After lesbian judge denied Communion, nearby church hosts inclusive service
NBC: The Catholic Church where Judge Sara Smolenski had been a member for 62 years shunned her because she’s married to a woman.

Faith made Harriet Tubman fearless as she rescued slaves
The Conversation: A historian describes the impact that belief had on Harriet Tubman’s work.

The priest who channeled Black Power into the Catholic Church
Religion News Service: The late Rev. George Clements should be remembered as a black Catholic transformed by Black Power, a man who helped create space to be both “authentically Black” and “truly Catholic.”

The Spark

Raiders of the lost crops: Scientists race against time to save genetic diversity
An international team has spent six years fanning across the globe, gathering thousands of samples of wild relatives of crops. At times, the work put these scientists in some pretty extreme situations, NPR says.

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