Conversation Starters 1/13/17
What are you thinking about what is going on in the world? Here’s the top stories from women, ministry, and world news this week.
By Amy Butler and Leslie Copeland-True, Patheos
We’re having this meeting in the Ladies’ Room because we have a serious problem that can no longer be ignored. You don’t have to be even all that in touch with world events to know that the state of women in the world is pretty grim.
By Meghan Werft, Global Citizen
The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations kicked off the second day of Congressional hearings with the much-anticipated questioning of Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, former ExxonMobil CEO and chairman.
By Nicole Gaouette and Elise Labott, CNN
President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has asked the State Department to provide a list of existing programs and activities intended to promote gender equality, according to sources at the agency, raising fears that these programs may be the target of cuts.
By Rina Raphael, Fast Company
The organizer of January's massive rally says the new administration needs to understand that women's rights are human rights.
By Liam Stack, New York Times
Pope Francis encouraged women attending Mass at the Sistine Chapel on Sunday to breast-feed in public, telling them they could calm their crying babies by nursing them just as the Virgin Mary nursed the baby Jesus.
Michelle Obama delivered her final official remarks as first lady today [January 6, 2017], urging young Americans in an emotional speech to "lead by example" and to remain "hopeful."
By Lauren Markoe, Washington Post
Calvary Baptist Church, a progressive Baptist landmark in the heart of downtown Washington, has named a gay couple as co-pastors.
By Elizabeth King, The Atlantic
The tomboy conjures an image of a girl in overalls and baseball hats, wearing short hair and nondescript shoes. She probably isn’t into Barbie. When the term “tomboy” first appeared, in the mid-16th century, it actually was a name for male children who were rude and boisterous.
By Alan Levinovitz, Vox
The idea that liberals and cultural elites suffer from religious illiteracy is now widely accepted, by both the accusers and the accused. New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet confessed to NPR’s Terry Gross that “media powerhouses don't quite get religion.”
By Stacey Barchenger, USA Today
A Tennessee sheriff is named in a civil lawsuit after he denied a 29-year-old inmate access to an abortion, saying the woman's life was not in danger and her pregnancy was not the result of a crime, according to recently filed court papers.
By Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, TIME
Malia and Sasha, eight years ago on a cold November day, we greeted you on the steps of the White House.