PAICINES, Calif. (RNS) — When 40 faith-based farmers gathered for a first-of-its-kind weekend at a working ranch near San Jose, they sought nothing less than a complete disruption of how food is grown, distributed and even served.
People from all ethnic and religious backgrounds are learning to lean on one another in this secular congregation. Without religion and with the motto "live better, help often, wonder more," Sunday Assembly is celebrating life, service community.
Since the founding of the republic, there have been dozens of Protestant ministers in Congress, and a handful serve right now. Two Catholic priests, too, have served in the House of Representatives. But despite the large number of Jews elected to Congress, not once has a rabbi been elected. In fact, only two have ever run, and neither had much of a chance: In 2012, pop-advice author, television rabbi and Michael Jackson confidant Shmuley Boteach lost badly in his New Jersey district, and in 2008 Dennis Shulman — who got a great deal of attention for being blind and thus a rare disabled... Read more about Could this rabbi be a first in Congress? - The Washington Post
As America watches its supply of housing considered "affordable" for low-income families shrink by an estimated 60 percent since 2010, the Archdiocese of Denver is doing something about it by opening a new "Guadalupe Apartments" complex of affordable studio, one- and two-bedroom units, while continuing to run a 60-bed "Guadalupe Shelter" for the homeless on the same site.