Humanity

Pope honors grandparents on first World Day for elderly

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated the Roman Catholic Church’s first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday. Francis solicited a round of applause from the faithful in St. Peter’s Square and urged people everywhere to reach out to older generations. Francis was supposed to have led a celebration Mass for grandparents…

Gordon Conwell seminary alumni and staff protest loss of Black professor

(RNS) — A group of alumni and staff of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and other regional clergy are expressing concern that the school decided not to renew the contract of its sole Black full professor.  The Rev. Emmett Price III was the founding executive director of the seminary’s Institute for the Study of the Black…

ACNA leaders to take over abuse investigation in Upper Midwest diocese

(RNS) — A group of leaders from the Anglican Church in North America will take over an investigation into alleged abuse at an ACNA church in Illinois. Mark Rivera, a former lay leader at Christ Our Light Anglican, an ACNA startup congregation in Big Rock, Illinois, west of Chicago, has been charged with felony child…

Philosopher Spotlight: Jess Flanigan

Thanks to Jess Flanigan for contributing this guest post, sharing her interesting and provocative work, as part of my ongoing "philosopher spotlight" series.  Enjoy!* * *My published research falls into three categories. I am interested in rights and their enforceability, public health policy, and economic justice issues. In this post I’ll say a bit about my…

How Jesse Owens Foiled Hitler’s Plans for the 1936 Olympics

In 1933, shortly after assuming power as chancellor of Germany, Adolf Hitler moved forward with plans to turn the 1936 Summer and Winter Olympics into showcases for his regime. He ordered the construction of a massive new stadium in Berlin and channeled funds toward the completion of an airport to welcome international visitors. Additionally, the…

How Title IX Transformed Women’s Sports

Title IX, the landmark gender equity law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972, banned sex discrimination in federally funded education programs. Its protections would open doors for girls and women in admission, academic majors, teaching positions, vocational programs and individual classes, and help ensure equal access and treatment once they got in.…

10 Famous Horse Racing Scandals

Horse racing has been called the “Sport of Kings,” and, just like royalty, racing has a scandal-filled history. Some misconduct has been about manipulating races, whether by influencing jockeys or the recurring phenomenon of horse switching. While attention has also fallen on the treatment of racehorses, including the use of performance-enhancing and pain-masking drugs. Here…

A Serge of Interest

By Ben Granger. When choosing sides in the great ideological clashes of the last century, few escape free of guilt. Corpse mounds gather wherever you look. The Holocaust here, the gulag there, then rather further from view, the Bengal famine, the genocides of the Congo, Armenia and Indonesia; and the faceless countless casualties of poverty.…

In Japan, Greek-influenced Olympics meet another kind of pagan heritage

(RNS) — The lighting of an eternal flame, the spiritual aura of heroism and triumph, the parades at once boisterous and solemn: The Olympic rituals that stir our hearts each time the Games roll around all take their inspiration from pagan Greek religious life, as interpreted by the classics-besotted Europeans who revived the event in…

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