Activism

Protesters gather with signs at March for Science

At March for Science, Debate Over Anti-Evolutionists

April 27, 2017

Last Saturday, tens of thousands gathered in cities around the world to advocate for the value and ongoing necessity of science for human progress.

With the largest group congregating on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., March for Science protesters had a decidedly political aim: to speak out against “policies that ignore scientific evidence and endanger both human life and the future of our world.”

Protesters particularly targeted the current administration with criticism. Signs decried President Trump’s… Read more about At March for Science, Debate Over Anti-Evolutionists

White man and black man talk at microphone

Survey Shows American Pastors Open to Preaching on Racial Reconciliation

April 20, 2017

According to a new survey conducted by evangelical research firm LifeWay, American Protestants support preaching on racial reconciliation but are hesitant to get involved in other work toward that goal.

The study, released at the end of March, surveyed 1,000 Protestant pastors about how their congregations are addressing issues of race. 90 percent of pastors agreed that their congregation would likely “welcome a sermon on racial reconciliation.” Despite anticipating… Read more about Survey Shows American Pastors Open to Preaching on Racial Reconciliation

Women Praying at Western Wall

Orthodox Worshipers Protest Bat Mitzvah at Western Wall

March 3, 2017

As feminist prayer group Women of the Wall arrived at the Western Wall in Jerusalem Monday for a bat mitzvah ceremony and their monthly prayer service, they found their way blocked by crowds of dissenters.

The Women of the Wall have sparked extreme backlash in Israel for their petitions to change gendered restrictions at the Kotel, or Western Wall. They seek a space at the wall for women and men to pray together—currently, the Western Wall has only sex-segregated spaces. The group has also advocated for women’s right to read Torah at the Kotel.

The Israeli government has… Read more about Orthodox Worshipers Protest Bat Mitzvah at Western Wall

A line of women with their mouths covered with read tape reading "life"

Pro-Life Feminists Decry Women’s March’s Pro-Choice Platform

January 20, 2017

This Saturday, the Women’s March on Washington plans to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump and advocate for a variety of issues that affect. What started as a grassroots effort by four women has grown into a massive movement, replete with a number of celebrity speakers. Bus services in states across the country have sold out for… Read more about Pro-Life Feminists Decry Women’s March’s Pro-Choice Platform

Michigan Court Drops Charges of Transgender Discrimination

Michigan Court Drops Charges of Transgender Discrimination

August 26, 2016

Last week, a Michigan district court ruled to dismiss charges of discrimination against a Detroit-area funeral home, citing religious freedom as legitimate grounds upon which one can fire a transgender employee.

The legal battle began in 2013, when funeral director Amiee Stephens—then known by her birth name, Anthony—presented her boss with a letter announcing her intention to begin living as a woman.

“I am writing this both to inform you of a significant change in my life and to ask for your patience, understanding, and support, which I would treasure greatly,”… Read more about Michigan Court Drops Charges of Transgender Discrimination

“Reason Rally” Galvanizes Non-Religious Voting Bloc

“Reason Rally” Galvanizes Non-Religious Voting Bloc

June 8, 2016

Last Saturday, over 10,000 people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in a show of solidarity for the fastest growing religious affiliation group in the nation: the non-believers.

Sponsored by a coalition of atheist and freethought organizations, this “Reason Rally” was the second of its kind. The first took place in 2012 in an effort to galvanize the non-religious into a cohesive voting bloc before the 2012 presidential election.

Last Saturday’s Rally shared a similar purpose. “We have this community that has the power to move mountains and we just need that… Read more about “Reason Rally” Galvanizes Non-Religious Voting Bloc

Pope Francis Open to Studying Ordination of Women as Deacons

Pope Francis Open to Studying Ordination of Women as Deacons

May 16, 2016

Last Thursday, Pope Francis agreed to set up a commission to study the history and potentiality of women serving as deacons in the Roman Catholic Church.

The pontiff’s proposal was an off-the-cuff response to a litany of questions about women in Church leadership during Thursday’s meeting with the International Union of Superiors General, an international group of hundreds of thousands of nuns. When one member asked, “What impedes the church from including women among… Read more about Pope Francis Open to Studying Ordination of Women as Deacons

After Rejecting Hate Crimes Bill, Utah Honors LGBT Activist

After Rejecting Hate Crimes Bill, Utah Honors LGBT Activist

April 28, 2016

Last week, the Salt Lake City Council unanimously voted to rename a street in honor of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the state of California. 

Many see the symbolic act—the street lies just a few blocks down the street from the headquarters of the LDS Church—as a stand for LGBT rights in light of the state senate’s recent rejection of a bill that would have bolstered Utah’s hate crimes protection.

In late February, the… Read more about After Rejecting Hate Crimes Bill, Utah Honors LGBT Activist

Pope Francis's Mexico Trip Includes 'Kindness Therapy'

Pope Francis's Mexico Trip Includes 'Kindness Therapy'

February 19, 2016

Pope Francis’s arrival at the Federico Gómez Pediactric Hospital in Mexico last week elicited strong emotional reactions from its young patients, some of whom rose from their wheelchairs to receive a hug from the faith leader.

During a politically contentious trip through Mexico, Pope Francis’s stop at the children’s hospital allowed him to engage more personally with the nation’s youngest citizens. After a short homily, the Pope gave each child a rosary. Vatican Radio… Read more about Pope Francis's Mexico Trip Includes 'Kindness Therapy'

Christian InterVarsity Endorses Black Lives Matter

Christian InterVarsity Endorses Black Lives Matter

January 5, 2016

Last week, evangelical college ministry InterVarsity endorsed the Black Lives Matter movement in front of 16,000 conference participants.

Held every 3 years, the InterVarsity Urbana conference draws tens of thousands of students to learn about global Christian missionary opportunities. This year, the conference offered over 180 seminars, many of which focused on global health issues, multiculturalism, and racial justice.

While InterVarsity promoted Black Lives Matter throughout the conference—the worship team donned t-shirts with the phrase, which quickly… Read more about Christian InterVarsity Endorses Black Lives Matter