I actually really liked this week’s five things a lot. Not that I don’t typically like them, but I just like this week’s even more than normal.
On Keeping your Day Job by Hiding Disbelief
Peter Enns for Patheos with If They Only Knew What I Thought: The Sad Cycle of Evangelical Biblical Scholarship. It’s hard enough being a regular church-goer and struggling with faith in community, but we oftentimes forget about the plight of pastors and church leaders who may encounter doubt along their journeys. Enns writes about his encounters with struggling scholars who enter graduate theological studies and learn to question, only to return home and be expected to practice their faith in the same boxed-in way they always have.
As a partner to the previous post, also check out this interview with Catherine Dunphy, founder of The Clergy Project, a confidential online community for active and former clergy who lost their faith. If 500 clergy and former clergy in the last two years have joined an atheist website for anonymous support as they struggle with or lose their faith in secret, something isn’t right in our community. We the Church need to have a conversation about this issue and how we can better support each other as we struggle along our faith journeys.
On Opinions that Shouldn’t Matter
Matt Appling at The Church of No People with his post I’m Desperate for You to Like Me: A Confession of an Ordinary Public Opinion Addict. This post speaks loudly to my people-pleasing, perfectionist heart. I heart Matt speak about teaching art to kids (one of his day jobs) at StoryChicago in September, and I think I’m going to put his upcoming book on my library wish-list. If you’re interested, it’s called Life After Art and you can check it out at Amazon.com.
On Making Art in a Straight-and-Narrow World
G.T. Anders for Curator Magazine with Like a Cork Out of Bottle, a beautiful piece on the struggle of being an artist in our society that prioritizes goals and statistics and math. Can anyone really appreciate great art any more? And what should artists trying to make art and make a living do about all of this? As a semi-artist and someone who knows a lot of artists, this really made me think.
On Feminism and Christianity (and an Awesome New Book I Cannot Wait to Purchase)
Esther Emery in Some Words About Jealousy and Jesus Feminism. This post is blowing up the internet, readers, and you want to get on the train with everyone else. FYI – I know Esther through the Story Sessions course I took this past year. Esther lives in a yurt (I don’t actually know why but I’m sure her blog explains it somewhere) and she has been killing it with excellent blog posts this week. If you have kids or want them or something, check out this post also.
On the Government Shutdown and Missing Work
Michael S. Rosenwald for the Washington Post with The Siren Call of the Blackberry for Furloughed Federal Workers. First, I’d like to point out that I’m not the only one! (See yesterday’s post.) Thank goodness. But more than just feeling relieved that others are in the same position I am with the much-longer-than-anticipated furlough, this article really speaks to the heart of what it means to be a federal worker this week. It made me feel a little proud, and also a little sad that my workday is so important to my overall happiness. But beware: like most news articles, the comment section may reduce your faith in humanity.