Religion continues to play a major role in public life, even as political polarization moves us further apart. Amid all the noise, Sojourners editors uncover the faith angle behind some of the biggest headlines — and, perhaps, find some common ground.
United but Not Uniform: Finding Faith at the Women’s Convention
Thousands of women gathered in Detroit over Halloween weekend for the Women’s Convention, a conference meant to build upon the energy of January’s Women’s March—the largest single-day protest in U.S. history. Our Women and Girls Campaign Associate Jenna Barnett attended the gathering to learn what role faith played in this Convention. She was surprised by what she saw and heard.
Black and DACAmented in the U.S.
With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in limbo, our Associate Web Editor Dhanya Addanki talked to Patrice Lawrence and Mwewa Sumbwe of the UndocuBlack Network about what the end of DACA could mean. This network was founded by undocumented black immigrants who wanted to center the voices of black undocumented people that are often left out of the immigration conversation. Listen in as they explore the intersections of being black and undocumented in the U.S. and the struggles and joys those identities hold.
Click here to sign a petition telling congress to save DACA: http://bit.ly/2wqOgfS
Learn more about the UndocuBlack Network at undocublack.org.
Can Virtual Reality Rescue Humanity?
Video games have long been dismissed from mainstream audiences as shallow or immature, but can they be something more? Our multimedia editor JP Keenan traveled to the "Games For Change" festival to talk with game designers about the power of "empathy games" and learn about future of virtual reality to see if it's the game changer everyone is selling it out to be.
More links from the story:
Sojourners magazine article about That Dragon, Cancer
Chris Milk's TED Talk
Media company behind "Blindfold VR"
Planned Parenthood VR experience
That Dragon, Cancer official site
How These Christian Activists Are Putting the Death Penalty on Trial
In January 2017, 18 anti-death penalty activists were arrested and taken to jail for protesting against the death penalty on the steps of the supreme court. On this episode, our Associate Web Editor, @dhanyaddanki, talks to three of the 18 arrested death penalty abolitionists about why they fight against capital punishment. @ShaneClaiborne, Derrick Wayne Jamison, and SueZann Bosler tell us how their faith inspires them into action. These are their stories.
Click here to watch the death penalty teach in that Shane, Derrick, and SueZann were part of at the Sojourners office.
You Can’t Mute All the Trolls: How to Be a Journalist in 2017
On today's episode, our deputy web editor @chwoodiwiss chats with with journalists @sullivanamy, @dawn_cherie, and @ayshabkhan about something journos usually don’t like talking about: when doing our job becomes too much. We discuss the public's rising suspicion of journalism, dealing with traumatic images, fending off Twitter hate, and—whew—why we still love the work. For more, read our companion piece in the July issue of Sojourners: http://bit.ly/2sMXaBH.
It’s Almost Like Translating: Telling LGBTQ Stories on the Religion Beat
On today's episode, we sit down with Eliel Cruz — writer and organizer on religion and LGBTQ identities — to chat translating theology for nonreligious audiences, and where to look for the next big LGBTQ-religion stories.