Wednesday's News & Ideas - 11/27/2019

  • Joanne Rogers profile
  • Colonialism & religious studies
  • When hope changes
  • Rabbi’s criticism of Corbyn
  • Religious freedom for homeless shelter
  • Thanksgiving on the train

How befriending Mister Rogers’ widow allowed me to learn the true meaning of his legacy*
The LA Times: Joanne Rogers is one of the primary stewards of Fred’s legacy. But she is keener on remembering how funny he was -- and maintaining that he was not a saint.

How colonialism still colors our ideas about who gets to teach religion
Religion News Service: When it comes to the study of religion, both the outsider’s and the insider’s perspectives have important insights to contribute.

When hope gives up on magical results
Christian Century: Since her son’s accident, everything Debie Thomas understands about hope has changed.

‘It reflects the despair’: chief rabbi's criticism of Labour strikes a chord
The Guardian: Ephraim Mirvis’s remarks over failure to tackle antisemitism resonated among many British Jews.

Citing freedom of religion, Kansas church sues city for not letting it shelter homeless*
Kansas City Star: A church is suing the city of Lenexa for denying its request to shelter the homeless this winter -- a right it claims to have under the First Amendment’s freedom of religion.

The Spark

Can you serve a full Thanksgiving meal on an L Train? Just watch.
Jodell Lewis, a local comedian, wanted to do something different for Friendsgiving this year, so he and a few friends came up with an elaborate idea: a full meal* on the subway, The New York Times says.

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