This is the stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well…
3 Theological Luxuries of the Affluent –Michael Kelley
When you find yourself in a time and place of relative peace and prosperity, some of the theological issues you have are there because of that affluence. They are, in other words, luxuries for those who have the ability to think about them. Here are three such luxuries I can see in my own life:
(Click the link to read his explanations.)
Why You Don’t Need an Instagram-Perfect Life
–Melissa Camara Wilkins
“In Daring Greatly, Brene Brown writes: ‘Fitting in is about… becoming who you need to be in order to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.’ Even on social media…
But fitting in is hard work, and it feels terrible.
I’m never sure I’m doing it right. And the better you fit in, the more anxious you become—because someone might notice that the image you’re projecting isn’t you at all.
I don’t have time and energy for that. I have kids to raise and exercise to avoid and stories to write. I want to spend my days creating the life and the art that are mine to create, not pretending my reality looks like someone else’s idea of perfect.
Fitting in might seem safe, but belonging feels so much better.”
Can conversation help end bigotry? An improbable example suggests that it would be unwise to discount the possibility…
The Audacity of Talking About Race With the Ku Klux Klan
“I had one guy from an NAACP branch chew me up one side and down the other, saying, you know, we’ve worked hard to get ten steps forward. Here you are sitting down with the enemy having dinner, you’re putting us twenty steps back.”
I pull out my robes and hoods and say, “look, this is what I’ve done to put a dent in racism. I’ve got robes and hoods hanging in my closet by people who’ve given up that belief because of my conversations sitting down to dinner. They gave it up. How many robes and hoods have you collected?” And then they shut up.