Day: December 8, 2014

Student protesters laying on the ground as part of a die-in at Grand Central Station

Union Theological Seminary Emerges as a Protest Hub

Photo Credit AP. Union Theological Seminary has emerged as a hub of protest activity following the Eric Garner decision. The protest activity appears to have started at a grassroots level among the students, but has been embraced by Union President Serene Jones, who appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry show to formally support the student activism. Union …

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American Apocalypse book cover art

New Book Explores Fundamentalist Focus on the Apocalypse

Matthew Avery Sutton explores Christian fundamentalist opposition to the Affordable Care Act, climate change, and Federal versus State governance in his newest book, American Apocalypse. The Bible doesn’t directly address States rights, or healthcare models, but fundamentalist and evangelical Christianity has had a large presence on these issues. Sutton’s curiosity resulted in a 480 page book exploring …

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St. Louis Rams players with their hands up

Moving Forward After Ferguson (and Garner, and Rice, and…)

Photograph: LG Patterson/AP Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori issued a statement on moving forward from the Ferguson decision which you might have missed; it came out just before Thanksgiving, just after the shooting of Tamir Rice, and a week before the Eric Garner decision. From her statement: I ask you to stand with hands extended in …

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black lives matter banner hanging from St Mark's in the Bowery, NYC

Speaking Up

Photo Credit Reverend Varghese Reverend Winnie Varghese at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, NYC, has an 8′ banner hanging from the portico of her church. The banner says, “Black Lives Matter”, and it was placed in support of Garner, Rice, Gurley, Brown, and even more, less recent and less well known, victims of police violence. Reverend …

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