Humble Beast Records has released a video of a conversation between artists Propaganda and Sho Baraka from the “Spotlight Tour.” During the nationwide tour, the duo engaged in compelling conversations about pressing social issues and the Church’s reaction to them.
From Humble Beast:
Each night we hope[d] to dive deep into the topics of compassion, unity, ethics, race, faith, and the church. Our hope is that by bringing these conversations to the forefront each night, we can move past the Twitter rants & Facebook debates to a place where people are no longer disillusioned, but inspired & equipped to step back into their communities with fresh eyes, compassion in their hearts, good news on their lips - ready to live as lights in a dark world.
If you have 20 minutes, it’s definitely worth the watch. Discuss
Talal is an “unusually outspoken member of the Saudi royal family,” says the Guardian, but he doesn’t have any official political powers.
The link in Talal's tweet goes to a statement that outlines reasons Saudis should lift the ban on women’s driving. Among the reasons, Talal claims that the ban goes further than precepts of Islam allow. The statement says:
Preventing a woman from driving a car is today an issue of rights similar to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent identity. They are all unjust acts by a traditional society, far more restrictive than what is lawfully allowed by the precepts of religion.
The likelihood of this idea gaining traction appears to be slim, but it’s a start. Discuss
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will don some unique footwear when his team faces off with the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday. Cousins took to Instagram to show off his “Until All Are Free” anti-human trafficking cleats, that show his support for the organization International Justice Mission (IJM).
For one week only, the NFL—who is notoriously strict with their uniform policies—is allowing players to wear pre-approved “Cause Cleats,” that show their support for important social and humanitarian causes.
Cousins has long been an advocate for fighting modern day slavery. Last year, in an op-ed for RELEVANT, he explained,
When I was in high school, my Dad, a pastor, asked me to come to church with him on a Wednesday night. Now, our family went to church every Sunday, but it was unusual for my Dad to ask me to attend the mid-week service. But tonight was different as my dad wanted me to hear the speaker that evening, a man named Gary Haugen …
With clarity and conviction, Gary, the founder and CEO of International Justice Mission, explained that there are tens of millions of slaves in the world today.
Fast forward to 2012. Out of the blue, a Redskins teammate invited me to a benefit dinner for IJM … My wife, Julie, and I were excited to attend and listened as the speaker, Saju Mathew, told the story of Chinnayan … Chinnayan and his wife, pregnant at the time, worked grueling days under the hot Indian sun, crushing rocks into gravel using heavy, rusty tools. Escape was not an option for Chinnayan. Others who had tried were caught, tied to a pole, and beaten mercilessly …
I also wondered if God could use my platform in professional football to do something, anything, to serve the countless other Chinnayan’s in this world.
Last season, after a video of Cousins yelling “‘You like that!” following a big win went viral, Cousins sold T-shirts with the phrase that benefitted IJM.
A huge factor to this number is the cycle of violence and poverty facing Congo, where more than 4 million children have lost at least one parent.
This breakdown in security and family longevity means children have been forced to look after themselves and their younger siblings leaving them vulnerable to exploitation by traffickers or armed rebel forces.
Organizations across the region are working to bring healing and provisions to the lives affected by the brutalities of civil wars and exploitation. Yet, a generation is growing up as the silent victims of decades of violence, left to grapple with how to build a future out of tragedy with the traumas they've endured. Discuss
When it comes to the pro-life movement, few groups have been as active than Roman Catholics. And that makes today's news all the more interesting.
Pope Francis has officially given Catholic priests the indefinite power to forgive women who receive abortions. Historically, the responsibility of absolving the sin of abortion belonged to Catholic bishops, but Francis granted all priests this specific right last December for the "Year of Mercy," which ended on Sunday. Today the Pope addressed the continuation of the abortion pardon in an apostolic letter and explained that while abortion is still a grave sin to the Catholic church mercy will be extended to those who repent.
"I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life," the Pope's letter states.
"In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father."
"May every priest, therefore, be a guide, support, and comfort to penitents on this journey of special reconciliation.
"I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion." Discuss