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1. What the Media Can't Grasp About Pope Francis"… the world is ready to talk about inequality, redistribution, and an "economy of exclusion" for independent reasons, and the pope's words — which are very much in keeping with Catholic tradition — merely resonate because ears are ready to listen."2. Hack the Church"I want participatory church … An open source theology.” While our congregations dwindle and church doors shutter, a new group of technology-minded Christians (and just faith-friendly hackers), are breaking open a pathway for the future of the church — one that's inclusive, community-oriented, and innovative.3. Give JustlyIt's your last chance to enter to win a $350 gift card for fair trade products or other prizes via Sojourners' Just Giving Guide! It's as simple as a Facebook like!4. Young People Want Equality But Struggle to Discuss Bias"One oft-employed generalization about The Kids These Days is that they've grown up free from the legalized discrimination and racial neuroses of older generations, and they will live in a more multicultural world with less racism. But do we even know if that's true?"5. Guardian, AP, Others Challenge Lethal Injection SecrecyThe two news organizations and three Missouri newspapers have brought a legal challenge calling on the state to disclose the drugs used in lethal injections. "A Guardian survey has identified at least 13 states that have changed their rules to withhold from the public all information relating to how they get hold of lethal drugs. They include several of the most active death penalty states including Texas, which has executed seven prisoners so far this year, Florida (five), Missouri (four) and Oklahoma (three)."6 . Are You Reading Enough Academic Women?"Women read more than men, yet male authors still dominate literary journals." One writer and illustrator hopes to combat that fact social media-style with the Twitter hashtag #ReadWomen2014 and handle @ReadWomen2014.7. Illuminating Video on Teen's Mental Illness“Ask anyone that knows me now,” she says in the clip. “I’m the happiest girl because I know I’m getting the right support and help I need.”8. Student Journalists Exposed Columbia University's Rape Crisis. Then One of Their Own Was Accused.After uncovering a rape epidemic on campus, a student-run magazine blog wrestles with how to handle that crisis creeping into its own ranks — highlighting an institutional conflict of discretion and justice.9. Are Millennials Really Leaving the Church? Yes — But Mostly White Millennials“This is an opportunity for Christians to take a look at what they believe, and to ask, ‘Do we believe the Bible is good news for everyone?’” [Sojourners Emerging Voice Kathy Kang] says. “And if we do believe that, we have to find ways to communicate that good news with everyone.”10. Humans of New York"What's your greatest struggle right now?" "Not being white."  
Posted by the Web Editors 38 weeks 47 min ago
1. Dear Privileged-at-Princeton: You. Are. Privileged. And Meritocracy Is a Myth.A Princetonian responds to her classmate: “While Fortgang is not responsible for white male dominance in society, he should at least recognize that this social hierarchy is not a mere coincidence, nor is it a testament to the power of hard work.”2. The War Across the RiverThis beautifully photographed interactive from Al Jazeera tells the story of Central African Republic refugees crossing the Oubangi River into the Democratic Republic of Congo, a difference between life and death. "Refugees have come before, but this is something different … It seems they cannot return."3. Dear Americans, Your Hashtags Won't #BringBackOurGirls. You Might Actually Be Making Things Worse.“When you pressure Western powers, particularly the American government to get involved in African affairs and when you champion military intervention, you become part of a much larger problem. You become a complicit participant in a military expansionist agenda on the continent of Africa. This is not good.”4. Foster Kids Can Be Torn Between Worlds On Mother's DayRead this collection of stories of being or having foster mothers at NPR's Tell Me More.5. Letters to A Dying ChurchThis blog series explores the issues surrounding the decline of American Christianity. It asks the hard questions, offers suggestions, and sometimes just laments what cannot be controlled. Read the whole series of letters.6. The GOP Can't Ignore Climate ChangeJon Huntsman pens an op-ed for The New York Times decrying fellow Republicans' backtrack on climate change: "Last fall, 50 percent said there was solid evidence of rising temperatures on earth, according to the Pew Research Center. But that is down from 2006, when 59 percent of Republicans held that view. … So obtuse has become the party’s dialogue on climate change that it’s now been reduced to believing or not believing, as if it were a religious mantra."7. Austin's Utopian Homeless Village Is Becoming a RealityRent as low as $90. Permaculture food forest and gardens. Community space with movie screen. A stocked pond. Tiny houses built within 8 hours."The village just doesn’t feel like it’s a shelter for tragic people of some other class. It would be an incredibly lovely home for anyone, and many of the community’s principles are ones we could all use more of: living sustainably, and close to nature and animals, and spending time with those you love."8. Family Planning Through A Global Lens"In the developing world, access to tools for healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies can be a matter of life or death, for both the mother and the child. To women in these countries, the debates we have here would seem like a privilege."9. When Elite Parents Dominate Volunteers, Children LoseAn interesting problem for parents of school-aged kids: "It’s an inescapable fact that extracurricular activities, which increase student investment in school, are planned by parents who have ample time and money, who sometimes lack insight into the lives of students whose parents don’t."10. WATCH: Christian TingleIt's Friday. You need a laugh. "If it wasn't for the father, the son, and the Christian Tingle, I wouldn't have met the love of my life."
Posted by the Web Editors 39 weeks 2 days ago
"Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of the little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss." - Black Elk Black Elk + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 39 weeks 2 days ago
Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’ And he laid his hands on them and went on his way. - Matthew 19:13-15 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 39 weeks 2 days ago
God of eternal love, we know that Christ's glorious Resurrection is a testament to your unending love. Grant that we may look with hope to sharign in your heavenly glory, and see you face-to-face. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 39 weeks 3 days ago
"We've chosen the path to equality, don't let them turn us around."  - Geraldine Ferraro Geraldine Ferraro + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 39 weeks 3 days ago
Then after this [Jesus] said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again." The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?" Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them." - John 11:7-10 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 39 weeks 3 days ago
Lord, we pray we never find ourselves without hope, without a glimpse of the empty tomb each time we happen upon a cross. Help us begin our daily journey expecting both crosses and empty tombs and rejoicing when we encounter either because we know you are with us. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by the Web Editors 39 weeks 4 days ago
 “Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” - Native American Proverb Native American Proverb + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 39 weeks 4 days ago
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. - Psalm 130:1-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
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O Great Spirit, grant that I may never find fault with my neighbor until I have walked the trail of life in his moccasins. Amen. - Cherokee Prayer
Posted by the Web Editors 40 weeks 6 hours ago
 "It is justice, not charity, that is wanting in the world." - Mary Wollstonecraft Mary Wollstonecraft + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
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Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. - Psalm 36:5-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
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God, source of new life, your Son broke the chains of death forever, as he rose powerfully to new and eternal life. Fill us with the joy of Resurrection, and the hope of that same Paschal miracle that made death itself the victim. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 40 weeks 6 hours ago
1. How Some Christian Colleges Are Getting Around the Federal Laws That Help Address Campus Rape From the report: The Clery Act, which requires college campuses to collect and report incidents of sexual assault on campus, does not apply to colleges that do not receive certain types of federal funding. What does that mean for victims on those campuses?2. WATCH: Jon Stewart Call Out Media Sexism in 'The Broads Must Be Crazy' Jon Stewart highlights the double-standard treatment given to female politicians in the media, referring specifically to Hillary Clinton's latest role: grandmother — like no other politician in the history of ever has had children who have then had children. Related: "How to Be Less Stupid About Hillary Clinton's Future Grandchild"3. Evangelical Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe Named One of Time's Most Influential People Written by actor Don Cheadle, who joined Hayhoe in the Showtime film "Years of Living Dangerously: "It’s hard to be a good steward of the planet if you don’t accept the hard science behind what’s harming it, and it can be just as hard to take action to protect our world if you don’t love it as the rare gift it is."4. WATCH: 'Unsung Hero' Thai Video Will Make Your Friday "What does he get in return for doing this every day? He gets nothing. … What he does receive are emotions. … Receives what money can't buy and a world made more beautiful."5. For the Children's Sake, Put Down the Smartphone "We are behaving in ways that certainly tell children they don't matter, they're not interesting to us, they're not as compelling as anybody, anything, any ping that may interrupt our time with them."6. Why South Sudan May Face the World's Worst Famine in Quarter Century "The coming weeks could determine whether tens of thousands will die."7. How Mississippi Businesses Are Fighting a New Anti-LGBT Discrimination Law "Working with the LGBT rights group Equality Mississippi, Moore and other business owners designed stickers that say, 'We Don’t Discriminate: If You're Buying, We're Selling.'"8. Cedarville University Shuts Down Dissenting Student Newspaper Rachel Marie Stone reports on the latest in a string of conservative moves at the Ohio Christian college that has included restricting Bible classes taught by women to only female students.9. John Boehner Mocks GOP on Immigration Boehner: "We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it's remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don't want to. ... They'll take the path of least resistance."10. Root of CAR Conflict Is a Legacy of Poverty, Not Religious Warfare "[Enough Project's Kasper] Agger said the Séléka rebellion was sparked initially by poverty and lack of development in the northern part of the country. If the conflict is seen in religious terms, rather than as having its roots in poverty, he said, the frustrations of the Séléka will remain."
Posted by the Web Editors 40 weeks 1 day ago
"Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there." - Clarence W. Hall Clarence W. Hall + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
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Jesus said to [Martha], "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world." - John 11:25-27 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
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Transcendent God, you are the ground of our being and give life to all the world. Thank you for this divine love that undergirds the faith we strive to live with you, as revealed to us in Christ. We pray for openness to your grace and that we may see concrete signs of God's loving presence in our lives. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 40 weeks 2 days ago
“Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.” - Charles Crowe Charles Crowe + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
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On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And [God] will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; [God] will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of [God's] people [God] will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. - Isaiah 25:6-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
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Lord, we long to be your people in this world where other powers claim our allegiance. You have stamped your image on us. Guide us by your light that we might see clearly who we are and what it means to give ourselves to you. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by the Web Editors 40 weeks 3 days ago
"The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice." - Henry Knox Sherrill Henry Knox Sherrill + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
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Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch, as you really are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. - 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 40 weeks 3 days ago
God of life, the Resurrection of your Son is our greatest consolation, and our truest source of joy. Let this mystery imbue our lives, as we perceive signs of your life-giving grace everywhere we turn. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 40 weeks 3 days ago
"The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice." - Henry Knox Sherrill Henry Knox Sherrill + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 40 weeks 3 days ago
Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch, as you really are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. - 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 40 weeks 3 days ago
God of life, the Resurrection of your Son is our greatest consolation, and our truest source of joy. Let this mystery imbue our lives, as we perceive signs of your life-giving grace everywhere we turn. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 40 weeks 4 days ago
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Posted by the Web Editors 40 weeks 4 days ago
God of all wisdom, in our life of faith, we see you dimly but continue to hope for the clear vision of your face in your eternal presence. illuminate our path to you, as we strive to follow in the footsteps of your risen Son. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 41 weeks 6 hours ago
"The answer to injustice is not to silence the critic but to end the injustice." - Paul Robeson Paul Robeson + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
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O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your serving girl. You have loosed my bonds. I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all [God's] people, in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord! - Psalm 116:16-19 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 41 weeks 6 hours ago
Sovereign God, you so loved the world that you gave your Son to die on the Cross and bring us to eternal life. Forgive us our blindness in sin, and help us always to be conscious of this wondrous love, as we seek to imitate Jesus and praise him as our heavenly King. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 41 weeks 6 hours ago
Editor's Note: As we head into the weekend with eyes toward the resurrection, we must first journey through the darkness of Good Friday. Here are some reflections to help you reflect on that journey. 1. Simply Service "Jesus is The Servant of Servants. If we wish to be like Jesus, we cannot forget this.There is no empire building. There is no entrepreneurial vision. There is no institution keeping. There is simply service."2. Lent Hymn "For in this desert silence And dark night of the soul I am rooting you deeper I am making you whole"3. How Does Dying for Our Sins Work? "The cross is not what God inflicts upon Christ in order to forgive. The cross is what God endures in Christ as he forgives. Once we understand this, we know what we are seeing when we look at the cross: We are seeing the lengths to which a God of love will go in forgiving sin."4. The Five Lessons of Good Friday "The sufferings and death of Jesus, which Christians commemorate on Good Friday, may seem far removed from our everyday lives. … So what can the story of Jesus's crucifixion, as recorded in the Gospels almost 2,000 years ago, teach us about our own lives?"5. Good Friday and the Prophets in Detention "'Holy Week is a special time for us…' Ruth told me in her detention robe. 'Jesus’ passion gives us perspective to see that our situation is nothing compared to what Jesus suffered on the Cross. His journey encourages us to keep going.'"6. Five Errors to Drop from Your Easter Story Number 4: "Don't bypass the role of the women as the witnesses of the resurrected Christ."7. Easy Easter Girl "For people to whom life has been hard, there is a form of solace in praying to a God who does not look spotless, shining like the sun. For many, love is the very wounds of Christ, the greenish-purple skin tones, the bruised and battered life. By his wounds we are healed, the scriptures say. I didn’t realize another way to read it is like this: only the wounded can truly experience a savior."8. The Enthralling Art of Easter "… the agony and Crucifixion and Resurrection are no footnote. They are the bedrock we deal with. It's not hard to see why Bob Dylan became enthralled with the Christ story. It's not hard to see how people who stare too long at Titians can end up in monasteries."9. The Risen Christ: The Call to Conversion " For so many of us, Easter is not just a religious holiday — it is a personal celebration and re-commitment. How do we personally experience the resurrection? Every year, as I hear and say “He is risen,” I remember that it’s not just a theological affirmation, but something I need personally."10. 
Posted by the Web Editors 41 weeks 1 day ago
"A fresh critical look is being taken at the issues of power and authority, and people are beginning to learn, however haltingly, to relate to one another in less coercive and more creatively supporting ways." - Robert Greenleaf Robert Greenleaf + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 41 weeks 1 day ago
After [Jesus] had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord — and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them." - John 13:12-16 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 41 weeks 1 day ago
God of care and compassion, your Son humbled himself out of love to bring us closer to you. May we strive to follow his example of servant leadership as we try to bring others to a greater knowledge of your love. Grant this to us through your Son, our master and teacher. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 41 weeks 2 days ago
"A genuine fast cleanses body, mind and soul. It crucifies the flesh and to that extent sets the soul free. A sincere prayer can work wonders." - Mahatma Gandhi - Mahatma Gandhi + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
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Jesus answered, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, 'You must be born from above.' The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." - John 3:5-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
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Almighty God, preserve us from losing sight of eternal salvation. Grant that we turn from our earthly accomplishments to give you praise and glory in our daily lives. May the love of God and salvation of Jesus Christ remain our ultimate value. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 41 weeks 3 days ago
“God has identified himself with the hungry, the sick, the naked, the homeless; hunger not only for bread, but for love, for care, to be somebody to someone; nakedness, not for clothing only, but nakedness of that compassion that very few people give to the unknown; homelessness, not only just for a shelter made from stone but for that homelessness that comes from having no one to call your own.” - Mother Teresa Mother Teresa of Calcutta + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
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For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light- for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. - Ephesians 5:8-10 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
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God , we know that you never fail us. Even in our suffering and loneliness, help us to hear the whisper of your love. Be our refuge and shelter, and remind us over and over that we are your beloved children. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 41 weeks 4 days ago
"My fight is not for racial sameness but for racial equality and against racial prejudice and discrimination." - John Oliver Killens John Oliver Killens + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
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The hand of the Lord came upon me, and[God] brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. [God] led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. [God] said to me, "Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord God, you know." Then [God] said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. - Ezekiel 37:1-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
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Lord, mold us and form us into the kind of people you want us to be. Be patient with us when we call short of what love demands of us. And give us patience with ourselves. Catch us in the arms of your grace. Amen. - Adapted from A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by the Web Editors 42 weeks 6 hours ago
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do. - Edward Everett Hale Edward Everett Hale + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
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There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. - 1 John 4:18 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
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God of life, grant that we always live in light of our identity in Christ, as we work to proclaim your Gospel. May we have strong faith which gives us the willingness to carryout your will in Christ. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 42 weeks 6 hours ago
1. Stephen Colbert and the Death of Protestant America The move to name Stephen Colbert as David Letterman's replacement for his late-night slot was a surprise to many — but a cultural bellwether announcing the changing tide of religion in America? … Maybe? 2. What Is the Heartbleed Bug?  New news platform Vox has the breakdown for you. Basically — change all your passwords. Change them now.  3. The Feminists We Forgot In a great piece for her.meneutics' Womens' History Month series, Sandra Glahn writes: "The teaching that women's involvement is a new phenomenon in church history has been used to silence those whom the Spirit has gifted for leadership. And advances made on behalf of women have been attributed entirely to secular feminism. We ourselves have been complicit because we haven't known our own history." 4. Is the Internet Killing Religion?  A new study suggests it might be — as the uptick of those claiming no religious affiliation correlates to higher Internet use.  5. The Big Environmental Problem Highlighted By the Search for Flight 370 "If nothing else can be learned from this bizarre hunt, one thing has become clear: There's a ton of trash in the Indian Ocean." 6. Hobby Lobby, Christian Women, and Contraception: More Complicated Than You Might Think A new Public Religion Research poll shows that 60 percent of Christian women believe employers should be required provide health care plans that cover contraception at no cost. Jonathan Merritt explores the data.    7. On Pilgrimage: 20 Years After the Rwandan Genocide Artist Nikole Lim's beautiful words and images capture her pilgrimage alongside survivors and perpetrators of genocide. View her gorgeous photos and haunting narratives here. Her series will continue weekly on the Sojourners blog, so check back! 8. A Fascinating Visualization of World Migration Because who doesn't love charts? "Every year, millions of people leave their birth countries to try their fortunes in foreign lands. Where are the most popular destinations for these people? What countries are sending out streams of residents who may never come back?" 9. The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture the Human Experience War. Love. Tragedy. A must-see gallery.  10. Can I See Your Belly Button?  What happens when your daughters ask you to shed your insecurities with a simple curiosity? "In that holiest of moments, they had become divine mirrors: reflecting all the beauty of co-creation. (And what is left in its wake.) But it was more than that ..."