I have something exciting to share! If you’ll remember way back to my “What I learned” post in early December, I committed to a few goals for this space and for myself as a writer. It’s taken a little time, but I’ve hit one of those goals in a big way: I’ve engaged with an online community about something I care deeply about, and as a result I’ve written a guest post on the topic which is posted on a “real” blog. An issues blog, the kind of blog that is deep and moving and serious and the kind of things I want to write about when I “grow up” as a writer.

Seriously, I am so pumped about this and I would love for you to click this link to read it! The series is entitled “Questions of Travel,” and it’s a collection of experts who have gone into “othered” cultures (think: poverty, cultural differences, racial divides, the bad side of globalization, that scary part of town where you won’t go alone, etc.) and talk about the ethical and human rights aspects of this work in a very personal, revealing way. I’ve been learning a TON as I read through the different perspectives, including to be careful how I tell stories and to watch the way I may be “other”-ing people in my own life.

And as you guys know, I’m not an expert on any of these things. . . But I’m kind of an expert on feeling confused about what to do about these things [and other things, while we are at it]. And so that’s what my guest post is all about.

If you have a story to tell where you’ve experienced “other”-ing (on the giving or the receiving ends of this), or if you have ideas for the way we should be talking about these issues, feel free to leave a comment on that page or right here. Even if your vantage point for missional living is different from J.R.’s (or mine), I hope you share my belief that we are doing something right when we talk about respecting others as we try to better our world community.

Thanks for your support as I out myself with my “real” name and my open [often confused] heart.

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  • February 25, 2013 at 7:49 pm
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    Congrats, great work! It’s so hard sometimes really facing up to your own, or people close to you and their “othering” attitude towards “other” people and groups in the community. I have to see it and deal with it when I go back to visit my parents in my home town, which is a small country town. I could write a whole article about it and how it’s confusing and upsetting and how easy it can be to slip into their small country town ways and views, and also how I feel sorry for them, as it’s almost not even their fault, we are just products of our upbringing and experiences…. And maybe I will
    Write about it…. It’s obviously touched a nerve in my lol! I’ll be very keen to read your articles! Glad I found you x Liz x

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  • February 25, 2013 at 7:50 pm
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    Reblogged this on thejoycollective and commented:
    I just stumbled across this blog post by Pink Briefcase in my reading list and it’s punched a nerve in me. It’s about how she will be guest blogging about “othering”, about the way we speak about “other” community groups, like tr poor, the people on the bad side of town, the not so nice parts of our works and community ad how we speak about, represent and treat them.
    Ive had a little bit to deal with this recently, actually I think we all deal with this in some way in our every day lives. But coming from a small country town, this hits a nerve for me.
    So stay tuned for some more posts by myself and Pink Brief case about this.
    I’m usually all about pretty pictures and fashion, but I also really want this blog to be a creative and free outlet for me and my writing too.

    Cheers,
    Liz x

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