Description: In Los Angeles and San Francisco over the weekend, protestors tore down two statues of St. Junipero Serra, an 18th-century Franciscan priest and missionary who they accused of contributing to the destruction of Native American culture through his founding of the first nine of California’s mission churches. Who is Junipero Serra, and why has he become such a lightning rod for controversy? Jim Graves joins us.
Jim Graves writes from Newport Beach, California. He served as a docent at Mission San Juan Capistrano, the seventh of Father Serra’s missions.
Seattle Protests: As The Cops Withdrew, Clergy Showed Up
Description: We spoke last week with Julia Duin about Seattle’s so-called “Capitol-Hill Autonomous Zone.” The zone could be on the verge of breakup following a shooting this weekend. Julia continues to report from the area and has the latest on what has happened and the role the clergy has played there.
Julia Duin is a writer who has worked for five newspapers and is the author of several books, including "In the House of the Serpent Handler: A Story of Faith and Fleeting Fame in the Age of Social Media." She has worked as the religion editor for the Washington Times and is now a blogger for GetReligion. Visit julliaduin.com and follow her on Twitter at juiliaduin.