Our Collective Chess Match: What Our Editors Are Reading – Sojourners


Being in prison during a pandemic is like being at the center of one of those Russian nesting dolls a box within a box within a box, Harlin Pierce wroteearlier this week for The Marshall Project. Yet Pierce and Wally, his fellow chess-loving inmate, have managed to stay sane by playing countless games of chess in their minds (think: Beth Harmon in The Queens Gambit). We loved transcending the literal barriers of time and space and challenging ourselves in a creative way.

Many of the stories below feature folks who, like Pierce and Wally, are responding creatively to whatever is trapping them, including pop cultures imposed narratives, police violence, inequitable vaccine distribution, or broken trust in U.S. democracy. Here's to hoping we can all channel some of that creative energy in the ongoingmental chess matches we play against our relentless pandemicopponents: loneliness, inequality, and exhaustion.

1.The (Endless) Project to Fix AmericaThere are no silver bullets that would repair democracy, but people of faith can be part of the solution. By Stephanie Russell-Kraft via sojo.net.

2.When the Prison Banned Board Games, We Played Chess in Our MindsAt the heart of our mental chess game lies a profound lesson: The difference between being content or distraught is a matter of perspective. By Harlin Pierce via The Marshall Project.

3.D.C.-area Churches Encourage Community To Have Faith in the VaccineIts critical we have community pillars like this that are safe places, safe havens where people can get vaccinated. By Madison Muller via sojo.net.

4.As Tribal Nations in Montana Are Threatened by COVID, Women Health Leaders Have Stepped Up Women are leading efforts to help Montanas Indigenous people and empower the women-majority health care force. By Alexa Mikhail via The 19th.

5.The Women of Kochi Have Gathered To Bead Rosaries for 200 Years But as COVID-19 hit the Indian region, the tradition is at risk. By Priyadarshini Sen via sojo.net.

6.The Limits of the Lunchbox MomentNot all children of immigrants grew up embarrassed about their food, but pop culture convinced them they should be. By Jaya Saxena via Eater.

7.When Christian Media Peddle Lies Many Christian media figures fanned the flames that led to tragedy. By Adam Russell Taylor via sojo.net.

8. Food Lines in the Land of PlentyA biblical look at the crisis of poverty today. By Liz Theoharis via Sojourners.

9.An Atlanta Neighborhood Will Finally Own Property as a CommunityA new model for community-owned real estate is attempting to bridge the racial wealth gap and build neighborhood wealth in Atlanta. By Adina Soloman via Next City.

10.Alternatives to Police Exist. You Just Havent Heard of Them.How faith and community leaders are reimagining public safety. By Stephanie Russell-Kraft via Sojourners.

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