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‘Moral Mondays’ tour The leader of the “Moral Mondays” movement and a New York minister have joined forces on a 15-state “moral revolution” tour to counter the nation’s conservative voices. “Way too much of our national discourse has been poisoned by hateful language and policies,” said William J. Barber II, a minister and the movement’s leader. “True faith and true evangelicalism place love, justice and compassion at the center of our public life.” James A. Forbes Jr., former minister of New York’s Riverside Church, is accompanying Barber on the tour, which began April 3 in New York. They hope to galvanize clergy and others to gather at state capitols on three Mondays in September, as well as after the Republican and Democratic national conventions, the Associated Press reported.

Standing behind a cause

Madeline Wilson (center), a student at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., stands for a portrait with fellow students who are involved with her campaign asking the college to reform its sexual misconduct policies. After the school’s investigation concluded Wilson’s claims that she was raped by a fellow student in a dorm last May were unfounded, she responded by making T-shirts that read: “Ask me how my college is protecting my rapist.”

placed a cross near the scene of a fatal shooting earlier in the year. Chicago went through Easter Sunday without a homicide, something a coalition of Far Southwest Side churches striving for a no-murder day on Easter considered miraculous. Thousands across the city signed the pledge, committing to learning more about the sources of gun and gang violence and doing more to intervene. The campaign coincided with the city’s deadliest start to the year in nearly two decades, according to crime statistics and local media.

Thou shalt not kill Jennie English, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Chicago, on Easter weekend

8 MAY 2016

Rossing Physics Scholarships Eleven ELCA college and university students have received Rossing Physics Scholarships. The awards are made possible through gifts from Thomas D. Rossing, a former chair of the physics department at St. Olaf College,

Northfield, Minn., who created the fund through the ELCA Foundation. Three students received $10,000 each: Kevin Honz, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa; Cameron Olson, Augsburg College, Minneapolis; and Colin Scheibner, St. Olaf. Eight students received honorable mention awards of $5,000 each. See for a full list of scholarship recipients.

ELCA, WELCA receive awards Women of the ELCA and the ELCA churchwide organization were recognized for outstanding communication work in 2015 as part of the Religion Communicators Council’s convention in April. Gather, the magazine of Women of the ELCA, received an award of excellence, and The Lutheran, the magazine of the ELCA (now Living Lutheran), received a certificate of merit. Women of the ELCA won awards

Photo: Leila Navidi. ©2016, Star Tribune

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