Conversation Starters 1/20/17
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 Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post
The rate of abortions in the United States has fallen to its lowest level since the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, according to a report out today from the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights.
By Paul French, Literary Hub
The legendary British-born correspondent and author Clare Hollingworth died peacefully last week at her home in Hong Kong. She was a very respectable 105. The many tributes and obituaries that immediately followed her death focused on her major claim to fame—her scoop on the German invasion of Poland and the start of the Second World War in Europe.
By Isabelle Arradon, International Crisis Group
Political and social leaders are building a new network for women peace mediators in Africa. Crisis Group’s Director of Research Isabelle Arradon attended the African Union conference that debated the idea, and was inspired by the individual initiatives already pushing for change on the continent.
By Kristin Du Mez, Religion and Politics
As Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office, many white evangelicals will be celebrating. Yet the fact that “family values” conservatives continue to rally around Trump has bewildered many people, including a number of evangelicals themselves.
By Zack Stanton, Politico
With her nomination as education secretary, a powerful political clan will bring its overtly Christian agenda to Washington.
Jane Clayson, On Point
Michael Eric Dyson’s fiery challenge to white America: stop ignoring the injustices facing black America. He’s with us.
By Tin Tin Nyo, Global Fund for Women
I work in Burma, one of the least developed and poorest countries in Asia. Here, almost 30% of people live below the poverty line—that number rises to almost 70% in rural areas. The political situation has been unstable for decades, and the gap between rich and poor is huge. People struggle every day just to survive.
By Adam Frankel, The Hill
President Obama announced a momentous decision today to commute the prison sentence of trans activist and former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. Manning has spent the past seven years of her life under horrific conditions of incarceration in U.S. military custody.
By WITW Staff, New York Times
After Donald Trump referred to Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman” during the third debate, many women have started appropriating the phrase as a badge of honor and marker of resistance against the incoming administration.
By Christopher P. Skroupa, Forbes
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By Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service
More than 800 congregations have declared themselves sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants, about double the total on Election Day. Leaders of the sanctuary movement say the pace of churches and other houses of worship declaring themselves sanctuaries has quickened in the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday (Jan. 20).
By Shane Claiborne, On Faith
On the 40th anniversary of the death penalty; by Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, Lisa Sharon Harper, Brian D. McLaren