Jenny Lind Schmitt

Jenny Lind Schmitt is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute Mid-Career Course.

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Out of the political salt shaker

Europe | France’s pivotal presidential election is testing the ability of French evangelicals and social conservatives to impact politics
by Jenny Lind Schmitt
Posted 3/29/17, 04:13 pm

MONTBÉLIARD, France—The French revere the notion of laïcité (secularism) and hold it alongside the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity—but how it is put into practice may be changing. When a leading candidate in this spring’s presidential election, François Fillon, declared that his Catholic faith informs his policy positions, he was the first major party candidate to make such a profession in 50 years. Meanwhile, the National Council of Evangelicals of France (CNEF) has begun a campaign to inform citizens of their right to freedom of expression.

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Religiously themed books

Books
by Douglas Flanders, Jenny Lind Schmitt, Kim Henderson & Susan Olasky
Posted 2/27/17, 09:54 am

Church in Hard Places: How the Local Church Brings Life to the Poor and Needy

Mez McConnell & Mike McKinley 

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Dining with a feline twist

Lifestyle | Austin’s Blue Cat Café is part of a growing trend
by Rick Matt & Jenny Lind Schmitt
Posted 2/09/17, 01:27 pm

Balthazar, a large gray tabby, circles our table. Soon he jumps up and lounges between us, allowing us to stroke his fur. Other cats of various breeds and colors roam around the dining area. Some sleep in quiet corners, inside an old drum set, and in a hollowed-out computer monitor. One climbs up and down a rope-wrapped tree in the center of the room that leads to, well, catwalks hanging from chains 9 feet up. A television plays cat videos. This is a typical afternoon at the Blue Cat Café in Austin, Texas, one of a growing number of such cafés around the country.

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