It may be difficult to imagine from the perspective of the 21st century, but the North Korean capital city of Pyongyang once had at its center a community of Americans—Christian missionaries who lived there from 1895 to 1942.
Read the rest of this concise account by Robert Kim here at Atlas Obscura: The Forgotten American Missionaries of Pyongyang – Atlas Obscura
The Wiener Library for the Study of Holocaust & Genocide is making the United Nations’ files on World War II war crimes more accessible by allowing the general public to search an online catalog of the documents for the first time beginning Friday.
People will still have to visit the library in London or the US Holocaust Museum to read the actual files.The move is expected to increase interest in the archives of the United Nations War Crimes Commission, including the names of some 37,000 people identified as war criminals and security suspects. The commission operated in 1943-1949, but access to its records was restricted for political reasons in the early days of the Cold War.
Read the rest of Danica Kirka’s story on this at the Christian Science Monitor: London library makes denying the Holocaust a little harder – CSMonitor.com
Beautiful reflections by Calvin College literature professor Jane Zwart on William Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying and Easter: As I Lay Dying: He is Risen Indeed – THE TWELVE
Since the rise of Donald Trump, liberal-leaning churches have reported surges in attendance and newfound energy in the pews. Will it prove a temporary ‘Trump bump’ or a lasting change after decades of decline in mainline Protestant churches? This Christian Science Monitor story features a Reformed Church in America congregation: Church revival? More liberals are filling Protestant pews. – CSMonitor.com
Churches in the West are once again at the forefront of a grassroots effort to save immigrants from deportation. Read Sarah Troy’s cogent report on the history and current directions of the reawakened Sanctuary movement here at High Country News: The Western origins of the sanctuary movement — High Country News
From historian Chris Gehrz of Bethel University, five reasons why Christians should learn to think historically about their past: 5 Reasons Why Christians Should Study History