FYI: I've neglected my blog in recent months, so I'm posting some stuff I've sent out to my church during that time. This explains why some of the links and topics are somewhat dated. Here they are for the purposes of posterity.
Regularly, if somewhat spasmodically, I share a list of things I'm reading, watching and listening to with my congregation. If I remember to do so, I also post it here on my blog:
Stuff I Referenced in My Sermon Last Sunday on Positive Ways to Respond to the Election
- "An Experiment in Love: Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Six Pillars of Nonviolent Resistance and the Ancient Greek Notion of â€˜Agapeâ€™"--If you, like me, are struggling with how to respond to the election of Trump/Pence, MLK offers wisdom of what to do and more importantly what not to do.
- "Pro Unity and Pro Voice: Catholics in the Age of Trump"--by the "chaplain" of the Colbert Report, James Martin, S.J.
Responses to the 2016 Election
- A great sermon given on the Sunday after the election by Edith Guffey, Kansas-Oklahoma UCC conference minister
- "In the wake of Trump's election, a meeting in the Ladies' Room"--A great conversation between two female ministers--one black and one white--about what the election says about the struggles of women today.
- "The End of the Post-Racial Myth"
Analysis of the Election Turnout
- "A Closer Look at Trump Country" (On Point with Tom Ashbrook)--Interesting program on white blue collar Trump voters. Of course, race is an issue (it always is), but there are a lot of other factors going on like decline of community institutions (e.g. churches), breakdown of families, impact of globalization and rise of China, stagnant wages, the opiode epidemic, etc. Interesting thoughts about why some of the same voters who went for Obama in 2008 went for Trump in 2016.
- "The Politics of Rural Resentment"--(WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show)--another good program on white working class voters, this time in Wisconsin--a social science professor shares research on why the same voters who voted for Obama in 2008 voted for Trump in 2016
Fake News and the Election
- "Snopes' Field Guide to Fake News Sites and Hoax Purveyors: Snopes.com's updated guide to the internet's clickbaiting, news-faking, social media exploiting dark side."--Snopes.com is always the best place to check if that thing your crazy uncle just posted on-line is actually real or not
- This election season I've accused conservative friends of sharing news stories from fake news sites, and of course they pointed to examples where I've shared stories from fake news sites that lean liberal. I hate it when that happens! This is a good list of fake news and clickbait sites--I see not only conservative ones but also liberal ones that I see being shared by FB freinds all the time. Take a look and beware what stories you share. (This was made by a media studies prof--read an interview with her where she explains the different kinds of sites on the list--and CCCUCC member and poli-sci prof Michael Smith swears he fact checked it).
- "My ˜fake news list' went viral. But made-up stories are only part of the problem." Melissa Zimdar, the media studies prof who compiles the list of fake news and clickbait sites (see previous bullet points) has a good column in the Washington Post regarding the problems with so much of what is shared on social media that passes for news.
Sports and Social Justice
- "Amid anti-immigrant tide, lamp of liberty shines on KC refugee kids in soccer program"--Vahe Gregorian of the KC Star continues to write some of the most thoughtful stories about the difficult issues of our times, and he's using sports as a lens to make that happen. This article on refugee kids in KC playing soccer is a great example of his recent work.
- "Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith makes important statement with tiny safety pin"--another thoughtful column from Gregorian
- "Bucs receiver who sat during anthem over Trump speaks for many in sports"--it's a trifecta for Gregorian, here's another good story mixing sports and social justice
Other Stuff I Think is Cool
- "7 Tips for Reporting Live Via Your Phone From Anywhere"--tips from the ACLU on how to use your cell phone to protect your civil rights and those of others
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