What I read this week

Over at Q Ideas, an argument for greater animal welfare from Christians and churches. The article is good and highlights what the Southern Baptist Convention has been doing to care for animals, but the conversation that follows is interesting . . . as they often are.  

Another piece at Q Ideas that argues for a broader Christian understanding of food stewardship and a holistic food ethic. My question at the end of the article . . . What is the church’s role in providing healthy food to those who can’t afford to shop at Whole Foods, or more expensive natural food shops. My personal answer is addressing the food deserts in poor areas, community gardens – I have seen both urban and rural versions  – , and  co-ops with a sliding scale, but I would be interested in other more perspectives. 

Eugene Cho on the “Make Me Asian” app. The app. creates asian caricatures from uploaded pictures. It makes me both sad and mad at our culture’s inhospitality and insensitivity.

A post over at Black,White, and Gray that retells the story and struggles of racial diversity in predominately-White Faith-Based Institutions. The narrative explores how exclusion and inclusion play out on these campuses (specifically Baylor) and how race is often accentuated at campus, not because one’s racial identity hasn’t mattered, but because it is one of the first time (for many) racial identity becomes political. 

A quick piece on the continued growth of charter schools. I am not sold on charter schools quite yet, but find them interesting – especially the undercurrent of religiously driven/focused charter schools. 

Although I don’t live there  . . . an interesting radio piece about perceptions of the America Dreams across the racial, social, and socio-economic diversity of Chicago, It is good reminder that the success is defined differently in different neighborhoods and perceptions of meritocracy are not created equal.

Over at Inside Higher Ed. they have done a good write up on some of the transitions at Shorter College. It saddens me to see how the transition to become more conservative (Shorter would say Evangelical) has happened at Shorter. The article brings up some real challenges for Council of Christian Colleges and Universities institutions and any institutions embracing the label “Christian.” This issue hits home, I so may follow-up with a post directly addressing the complexity.