Tuesday's News & Ideas - 11/5/2019

  • Georgetown reparations, critics
  • Theology & trauma studies
  • Philanthropy for women’s movement
  • Ethiopia’s turbulent October
  • Megachurch ‘disqualifies’ minister
  • Remembering the dead

Georgetown reparations plan for slaves sold by university draws criticism from students
America: A university-wide letter announced that Georgetown would raise around $400,000 a year to create a fund for reparations to the descendants of slaves sold by the college, a markedly different plan from proposals supported by students.

How Christian theology and practice are being shaped by trauma studies
Christian Century: Talking about God in the face of wounds that won’t go away.

Philanthropy for the women’s movement, not just ‘empowerment’*
SSIR: The philanthropic community’s preoccupation with impact and the short-term projects that deliver measurable outcomes can distract us from what really works.

Ethiopians protest church burnings as ethnic tensions rise
Christianity Today: After a dramatic October, some say Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed must earn his Nobel Peace Prize.

James MacDonald ‘biblically disqualified’ for ministry, says Harvest Bible
Religion News Service: In a statement released Sunday (Nov. 3), the church elders found MacDonald was prone to anger, “had a pattern of improperly exercising positional and spiritual authority over others to his own advantage,” and sought to profit from the church’s ministry.

The Spark

There’s comfort in the community
The Ringer writer Shea Serrano describes going to a minor league hockey game on Día de los Muertos, being reminded of his grandfather, and smelling “old man Mexican musk.”

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