What We Read This Week

Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week!



Some of the most creative and important theology being done today is being done by Asian female theologians. These Asian female theologians live in Asia and also among the diaspora (in North America, Europe, Australia, etc.). Many of them do classic and contextual theological work. But they are also often practitioner-theologians, pastor-theologians, or activist-theologians. Read Full Article

From The Global Church Project


Why White People Need to Stop Asking, ‘Where Are You From?’

“…For all intents and purposes, Canada is the only home I really recognize or remember. But none of that matters if I look like I don’t belong, and that single question makes that abundantly clear every single time.” Read Full Article

From UC Observer


Nuns and Nones

As a college student in Michigan, Katie Gordon began exploring atheism and agnosticism, despite being raised Catholic. But a trip to Northern India awakened in her a new appreciation for spirituality. After graduating with degrees in religious studies and political science, Gordon (then in her early 20s) spent four years in interfaith organizing hoping to learn firsthand from the faithful how to build a similar community for the nonreligious. She could see clearly what they had that she was missing: “the gift of intentional, meaningful community.” A few years later, Gordon read that women religious were in the process of selling their oversized properties, prompting her to write a column for the Grand Rapids Press in Michigan in early 2017. She suggested that nonreligious millennials (those in their 20s to mid-30s) ought to be consulted — not just around their own needs for community space, but so that their perspectives could be heard within religious institutions as well. This idea at the time, she said, “felt like a stretch.” To Gordon’s surprise, a Dominican sister in the area responded by saying she’d be delighted to be in conversation with “nones” (shorthand for those who don’t practice a particular religion).

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From Global Sisters Report


Composting May Offer the Latest Option in Green Burials

Having one’s body composted after death and turned into about 1 cubic foot of soil could soon be an option for Washington state residents. The approach, called recomposition, is currently being discussed by lawmakers and, if approved, could become a legal third option for after-death care by 2020. “A lot of people might be reluctant to think or talk about death and might find the whole thing icky, but for the most part people are quite intrigued,” said Sen. Jamie Pedersen, a Democrat who is sponsoring the legislative bill. He said the world has been re-shaped by innovation, and funerals should be no different. Read Full Article

From Religion News Service


5 Things to Never Say to Someone With Depression and Anxiety

We learn it from a young age: hurtful words cut deep. Often we find ourselves hurting more when those hurtful words were meant in a spirit of good intention. The people talking to us aren’t necessarily trying to hurt us; often, it’s quite the opposite. They may want us to be encouraged and to feel better. And yet, even with the good intentions, their words stab like daggers. Read Full Article

From Relevant Magazine

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