In New York City, Trinity Church is organizing a theological conference scheduled for January 2016 that will examine "racial issues of our time, including structural racism, mass incarceration, and policy change." In preparation for the conference, Trinity is producing a video examining its relationship with slavery and the slave trade during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
60 million people displaced throughout the world. This is an overwhelmingly massive problem. The U.S. has sent more than 4 billion dollars in aid, the largest amount of any nation. Yet we have taken in very few refugees, mostly because we are terrified that in admitting one of these people we may bring in a terrorist.
We know that journalism can impact attitudes and action. But it's rare to get concrete proof of that, as I did recently after publishing a blog post about the anti-Semitic content of traditional Good Friday performances of Passion plays and Passion musical compositions, many dating back to the Middle Ages.