1. Phoenix ends chronic veteran homelessness
When Arizona makes national news, it’s not always for particularly happy reasons. But this time there’s some news worth celebrating. The city of Phoenix has announced it has now ended chronic homelessness among veterans—something that many considered impossible to accomplish, which no other city has managed to do. Kudos to Mayor Greg Stanton, who has led the charge, while continually giving credit to the many partners—from government, nonprofits, and businesses—who have worked together to achieve this. Eugene Scott reported on it for the Arizona Republic before national outlets like MSNBC and The Atlantic—not to mention the White House—picked it up.
2. Josh Garrels on NPR
Katie and I still have Love & War & The Sea In Between by Josh Garrels in our car CD changer, slot three, after a solid two and a half years (alongside the equally enduring self-titled masterpiece from Bon Iver in slot four). In any case, it was great to see NPR giving Garrels some love this week:
The music I make doesn’t tend to go there all that often, like, just in awe of God… More my music, I would say, is trying to peel back layers and find out where is God in the midst of this city that I live in, and this marriage I’m in, and these things that are going wrong and these things that are going right. Does that make sense?
3. 2013 Kantzer Lectures
Nicholas Wolterstorff gave three lectures at the Carl F.H. Henry Center. Video and brief summaries for each are available. Here they are: The God We Worship: A Liturgical Theology, God as Worthy of Worship, and God as One Who Listens and Speaks. Thanks to Jason Goroncy for sharing them on his blog.
4. The Blind Boys
Last week Religion & Ethics Newsweekly had a segment on the Blind Boys of Alabama and the spiritual dimensions of their latest album, which was produced by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Lead vocalist Jimmy Carter (not the 39th President) says, “We feel that we were called by God to do this work.”
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