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As thousands took to the streets in Baltimore on Monday to protest the death of Freddie Gray, nearly 100 clergy joined the protesters. ... “There’s been a state of emergency way before tonight,” the clergy said. “An emergency of poverty, a lack of jobs, disenfranchisement from the political process.”

I become a flexible version of my truest self, the self who loves words but can’t use the long ones and who gets all fired up but makes sure her voice doesn’t get too loud. It’s a terrible place to find oneself, in an identity limbo that feels impossible to explain at the best of times, never mind in 800-something words while America is holding its breath.

Bruce Jenner at a 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians" party in 2010. s_bukley / Sh

Here’s what I learned from the transgender woman I met: You don’t respond by mimicking harsh judgment. You don’t mock the mockers, marginalize the marginalizers, or scapegoat the scapegoaters. Rather, you respond by mediating God’s unconditional love to them.

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I’ll admit: It seems uncomfortable to joke about rape. The line is very thin. However, as Clementine Ford so brilliantly remarked: “Rape is uncomfortable. This is why we need to keep talking about it, and we need to keep disrupting people's comfortable lives with it, because the result of that is that they actually do start to change.”

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Perhaps the most faithful response to the common and yet lonely experience of infertility might be to try and live by the simple affirmation of Infertility Awareness Week — “you are not alone.” Job’s friends, after all, did well when they simply sat with him in his grief, and said nothing at all.

When clickbait lures and controversy sells, what does it mean to read with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper – or our newsfeeds – in the other? In this new series we explore a question Gareth Higgins raises in the May issue of Sojourners: How do we unlearn our own attraction to scandal and sensationalism while still working for social change?

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When clickbait lures and controversy sells, what does it mean to read with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper – or our newsfeeds – in the other?

In this new series we explore a question Gareth Higgins raises in the May issue of Sojourners: How do we unlearn our own attraction to scandal and sensationalism while still working for social change? READ Higgins’ essay "A Newsfeed of Fear" and join the conversation online using the hashtag #FeedFear.