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Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

2.23. 2018 Posted By: The Mennonite

Ben Tapper has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Manchester University, a master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University and is currently pursuing a master of divinity from Christian Theological Seminary. He serves as the faith formation coordinator for First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is actively involved in community engagement. 

Here are five things worth paying attention to this week. These are designed to expose you to a perspective you may not normally come across in your daily lives.

1. Conversations about race, class and gender privilege are often uncomfortable, but maybe they don’t have to be. The video below offers an encouraging alternative.

2. Oppressed communities have often noted the absence of their stories and experiences within U.S. history. Slowly but surely, tragic stories like this one are coming out so that we can be aware of the painful experiences that shape entire communities.

3. Stories of corruption are not news to communities of color, but too often they are ignored in favor of other narratives.

4. In seminary circles, much is being made about Luther as we recently celebrated the 500th anniversary of his 95 theses. We must also recall the great contributions he made to holy insults. If you need a unique rebuke for someone, you’ll certainly find it here.

5. While I love the NBA, even it cannot escape from the push to fight against sexism and systemic abuse of power. Rachel Nichols highlights the recent problems that have come out regarding the Dallas Mavericks.

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