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Thursday's News & Ideas - 9/15/2022

  • Founder gives away Patagonia
  • Climate activist memoir
  • Higher education in religious diversity
  • Battle at Jewish university over LGBTQ group
  • Former Marine turns Muslim
  • Hope of local reparations

Billionaire no more: Patagonia founder gives away the company*
The New York Times: Yvon Chouinard, his wife and two adult children have transferred their ownership of Patagonia, valued at about $3 billion, to a specially designed trust and a nonprofit organization that will combat climate change and protect undeveloped land around the globe.

A climate activist reconsiders history: An interview with Bill McKibben
Religion & Politics: His latest book, “The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened,” reflects on his life of activism.

What higher education owes a religiously diverse democracy
Deseret News: The question of whether religious identity is going to be a bridge of cooperation, a barrier of division or a bludgeon of domination will play a determining role in our common life together.

US Supreme Court clears way for LGBTQ+ group to gain recognition from Jewish university
Associated Press: Justices lift temporary hold on court order that requires Yeshiva University to recognize group, the YU Pride Alliance, as legal fight continues.

He planned to bomb a mosque. New film recounts how the plan took an unexpected turn.
Religion News Service: The 30-minute film tells the story of Richard ‘Mac’ McKinney, a former Marine who hatched a disturbing plot.

The Spark

The hope — and risk — of local reparations
Local governments and universities are taking reparations into their own hands, Vox says. But can these efforts be successful or enough?

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