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Weekly Wrap 5.23.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Vincent Harding: A Light Shines in the Darkness
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove beautifully tells the story of Vincent Harding in Mennonite World Review: "Though we didn’t know it, the Movement here in North Carolina was making its silent march through the State House as Uncle Vincent was crossing over from this life to the next. Given the life he lived, I can’t imagine a better sending."

2. Senators Urge NFL to Act on Redsk*ns Name
FIFTY members of the Senate have signed a letter to the NFL asking leadership to change the offensive name of Washington's football team. JOIN in the efforts to change the name HERE

3. When Did Christians Get So Caught Up in God Being Male? 
Kate Wallace at the Junia Project dives into the latest #warofwords on Twitter, this time between Owen Strachan of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and prominent egalitarian blogger Rachel Held Evans. In Wallace's piece: "Elevating one group of people above another in the name of God should never be accepted in the Church, and making God in our image, whether exclusively male or female, shouldn’t be accepted either."

4. The Worst Day of My Life Is Now New York's Hottest Tourist Attraction
"Nearly 13 years after my sister’s death, a reluctant Sunday visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, where public spectacle and private grief have a permanent home together."

5. The Case for Reparations
"Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole." Ta-Nehisi Coates pens this long-form cover feature for The Atlantic tracing the history from slavery all the way through discriminatory housing policies and redlining. 

6. The Way North: A New York Times Interactive Story
Join Damien Cave and Todd Heisler as they travel up Interstate 35, from Laredo, Tex., to Duluth, Minn., chronicling how the middle of America is being changed by immigration.They're on Day 6 in San Antonio, interviewing 12-year-old Sebastien de la Cruz, who experienced a Twitter tirade of offensive slurs after singing the national anthem while wearing mariachi garb at last year's NBA Finals.

7. WATCH - Sojo Stories: God and the Gay Christian
Matthew Vines became a YouTube sensation with his video "The Gay Debate: The Bible and Homosexuality." He recently sat down with Sojourners to talk about his new book, in which tells the story of his own pilgrimage of faith, fidelity, and family.

8. No Lethal Injection Drugs? No Problem: Tennessee Reinstates Electric Chair
"Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law Thursday allowing the state to electrocute death row inmates in the event prisons are unable to obtain the drugs, which have become more and more scarce following a European-led boycott of drug sales for executions."

9. The Effluent Society
In the midst of an unprecedented drought, Wichita Falls is turning to a once unthinkable source to slake its thirst:"A city may survive for a time without electricity or natural gas, but water is the lifeblood of civilization. … The extremity of need in this part of Texas is so profound that Wichita Falls plans to turn this ancient relationship with human waste on its head — by drinking treated toilet water."

10. 'We Can't Even Agree On the Definition of Consent'
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) hosted the first roundtable on campus sexual assault, pointing out the problems that exist and aiming to strengthen and clarify the Clery Act, as sexual assault survivors told their stories.

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