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“13 Days In September” Examines 1978 Camp David Accords

posted on September 16, 2014

NPR’s Audie Cornish talks to Lawrence Wright about his new book, Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin and Sadat at Camp David. Wright also discusses the role that faith played in the negotiations. “These were three very religious men and they had come together to solve a problem that religion itself had largely caused,” Wright says. “There wouldn’t have been a Camp David if Jimmy Carter didn’t believe that God had placed him in office, in part, to bring peace to the Holy Land.”

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Religious Groups To Demand Action On Environment At People’s Climate March

posted on September 16, 2014

The Huffington Post’s Antonia Blumberg reports, “A coalition of more than 1,000 organizations will take to the streets in New York City on Sunday, September 21, for the People’s Climate March to demand action at the United Nations Climate Summit taking place the following day.” Along with the march, faith leaders will participate in a three-day conference addressing environmental activism. “Faith hold us accountable and helps us connect the dots between seemingly disparate issues into an integrated understanding of suffering and what it means to build a just and sustainable world,” said Claire Curran of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light.

Read at The Huffington Post

The Prodigal Prince: Richard Roberts and the Decline of the Oral Roberts Dynasty

posted on September 16, 2014

In a Longreads exclusive and in partnership with This Land Press, Kiera Feldman tells the story of the rise and fall of Oral Roberts’s ministry. Feldman writes, “In Pentecostalism, Oral is considered the godfather of the charismatic movement, which emphasizes divine miracles and ecstatic experience.” In 2007, Oral Roberts University declared bankruptcy, due in part to the lavish spending by the Roberts family. Though bailed out by Hobby Lobby’s Mart Green, the Roberts family was forced to sever ties with their university. Richard, Oral’s son, maintained, “I have not done anything wrong.”

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Whoever Saves A Life

posted on September 16, 2014

At Medium, Matthieu Aikins follows “one of the few first responders left to care for the civilians caught on the front lines in Syria’s largest city.” After following the group of young men as they performed dramatic rescues and tracked down bomb victims, Aikins notes, “As they saved others, they saved themselves.” One of the members of the Aleppo Civil Defense team promised Syrians who were still left in their homes, “Civil Defense would be the last to leave.”

Read at Medium

In Ebola-Ravaged Liberia, Churches Serve As A Last Gathering Place

posted on September 16, 2014

The Washington Post’s Lenny Bernstein reports, “Formal gatherings of any kind are discouraged in Liberia these days” due to the Ebola virus, but churchgoers continue to gather and appeal to divine intervention. Aside from praying, churches are also making medical efforts to keep Ebola from spreading within their congregations. “It is true that most Liberians, they deny the issue of Ebola. But as for me … I read about it,” Bishop J. Allan Klayee said.

Read at The Washington Post

Turning Tables, Democrats Use Cultural Issues as a Cudgel

posted on September 15, 2014

The New York Times‘ Jonathan Martin reports, “After a generation of campaigns in which Republicans exploited wedge issues to win close elections, Democrats are now on the offensive in the culture wars.” Appealing to women and their base, Democrats in key states like Virginia are painting their opponents as out of touch with moderate voters on issues like contraception, abortion, the gender pay gap, and same-sex marriage. Martin writes, “How Republicans recalibrate could prove vital in many statewide races and in presidential politics as the electorate is reshaped by a growing presence of liberal millennials, minorities and a secular, unmarried and educated white voting bloc … On a host of issues, like gun control, drugs, the environment, race and even national security, this demographic shift has substantially weakened the right’s ability to portray Democrats as out of the social mainstream.”

Read at The New York Times

Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green Has Big Plans for his Bible Museum in Washington

posted on September 15, 2014

In The Washington Post Magazine, Michelle Boorstein profiles Steve Green and the Bible museum he is building in Washington, two blocks from the National Mall. “Here’s a book that’s changed our world, and yet there isn’t a museum out there for it,” Green said. Boorstein writes, “The seemingly contradictory forces that have pushed to shape the museum reflect the core question of Green’s project: How will his belief that the Protestant Bible is historically accurate, word for God-given word, coexist with more modern, questioning views of the book?”

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ISIS Executes British Aid Worker David Haines; Cameron Vows Justice

posted on September 15, 2014

Greg Botelho of CNN reports that ISIS has executed British aid worker David Haines. It is the group’s third filmed beheading of a Western captive. “The United States stands shoulder-to-shoulder tonight with our close friend and ally in grief and resolve,” President Obama said in response to Haines’ murder. British citizen Alan Henning, another captive, was featured in the video to dissuade Britain from working with the U.S. against ISIS. Although Britain has already agreed to provide “urgent military support” in the fight against ISIS, Botelho writes, “The scale of that support, though, could ramp up now with one Briton executed and Henning’s life in limbo.”

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