From Jihadist to Moderate Muslim

From Jihadist to Moderate Muslim  —  This 40 min. audio from NPR’s Fresh Air interviews a British citizen who extracted himself from radical Islam.  He explains how he was recruited at age 16, describes 4 stages of radicalization, 3 approaches to recruiting, and includes an interesting discussion on adolescent identity.  Could offer useful insight into […]

Five Facts About the Abortion Debate

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Five Facts About the Abortion Debate  —  Forty-two years after Roe v. Wade, the debate over the issue continues even as public opinion has held relatively steady. Here are a few key facts about Americans’ views on the topic, based on recent Pew Research Center polling.

Changing Our Mind

Changing Our Mind  —  Sojourners has begun a series that “explores the ongoing conversation within the church over LGBT identities, affirmation, and inclusion. As the push for equality expands, how are communities of faith participating and responding — and is it enough?”  For those following various discussions within the church, this source will give you the Sojourners take on […]

Various Church Bodies on Same-Sex Marriage

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Various Church Bodies on Same-Sex Marriage  —  There’s sharp division in the court case among faith groups, and sometimes within them, so those following the details will want to carefully monitor the inflow of religious and moral arguments as “friend of the court” briefs are filed in coming weeks.

The Future of Catholic Schools

All Current Features

The Future of Catholic Schools  —  “Catholic schools have kept generations of immigrant children in the bosom of the Church while helping to lift them to economic success. But that legacy is at risk. The children of Hispanic immigrants have drifted away from the Church and fallen behind in economic terms. The fact that Catholic […]

Ten Ways to Care for Widows and Orphans

Social Sciences

Ten Ways to Care for Widows and Orphans  —  How do you “visit” widows (including single parents who might not technically be “widows,” but are effectively just as alone) and orphans in meaningful ways?  This list might provide students with a sampler that makes sanctification accessible and practical.  Don’t ask them what you can do — […]

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