The Slingshot: Sanctuary works; robot blesses; generation gap

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Omo Valley, Ethiopia – Morgan Freeman looks off into the distance as Ethiopian villagers line up behind him during the Ethiopian Peace Ceremony in Omo Valley, Ethiopia.(National Geographic/Maria Bohe)

Need to know: Thursday, October 12, 2017

HOUSE OF REFUGE

Man who spent year in church to avoid deportation walks free

Javier Flores Garcia had been living in a Philadelphia church for nearly a year to avoid deportation to Mexico. More from Religion News Service

CANAANITE ELECTION

Kenya’s presidential race takes pages from the Bible

Politicians are trying to use religious imagery to give force and legitimacy to their campaigns, but no one should be fooled, says the Roman Catholic archdiocese vicar general of Mombasa. More from Religion News Service

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Blessing robots: Is a technological reformation coming?

An installation in a German church commemorating the Protestant Reformation sparks debate about the relationships between humans and machines — and whether they might lead the church to a technological reformation. More from Religion News Service

TALKIN’ ‘BOUT MY GENERATION

Amid Evangelical decline, growing split between young Christians and church elders

The number of white evangelical Protestants fell from about 23 percent of the US population in 2006 to 17 percent in 2016, and only 11 percent are under 30, according to a survey of more than 100,000 Americans. More from www.csmonitor.com

THAT WE MAY SEE

Prayers of the persecuted around the world

Monika Bulaj’s discovery that her grandmother’s Polish town was once home to a thriving Jewish community that perished in the Holocaust set her on a 30-year journey documenting religious persecution. More from lens.blogs.nytimes.com

TIES THAT BIND

In ‘The Story of Us,’ Morgan Freeman explores the human condition

The six-part docuseries “The Story of Us” explores big-picture questions about life. Each hourlong episode zooms in on one topic: freedom, peace, love, division, power and rebellion. More from Religion News Service

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Mark A. Kellner

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