It’s Friday morning, June 26th, and I’m sitting in my jammies, drinking coffee, and watching the funeral procession for Senator Clementa Pinckney. And there are so many words, but they all seem so — insufficient.
- Karen Walrond on Chookooloonks with Say Something.
- AddyeB with On Charleston: I Wish I Had Something Better to Say.
- No Quarter, No Sanctuary, No Succor by Jamil Smith for The New Republic.
- Austin Channing Brown, with The Only Logical Conclusion.
- Osheta Moore with What I Need You to Say in Response to the Shooting in Charleston.
Also big news here in the US, the Supreme Court is speeding toward the end of its calendar, and all eyes are turned to see what will come. Will it be today? Monday? Already, huge cases have been decided this week:
- Wondering what all is left on the docket? Here’s Amy Howe from SCOTUSblog with And then there were seven: the remaining cases, in plain English.
- For a round-up of links to explain and analyze the Fair Housing decision, click here.
- And, there is so much to read about the ACA decision — and so many SCOTUScare jokes! Ah Scalia! — but here’s one piece if you’re interested in what it means.
- Follow the live blog to see what opinions may or may not be released today.
- UPDATE!! Marriage equality has become the law of the land. Check here for an In Plain English summary of the case, but also read this piece by Jamil Smith for The New Republic.
And a little joy for your weekend reading:
- How to Have a Bad Day, from Alexa Brown for Darling Magazine.
- Champagne lover? Here’s two articles to make you an expert! Numero Uno. Numero Dos.
- Feeling Jealous of a Younger Colleague? (How about — don’t be an ass.) The comments here made me so happy! Also, please be nice to each other.
- Did you see Joy the Baker’s Summer Bucket List? Do you have a summer bucket list? I think I might make one.
- And, the 2015 Running of the Interns. This made me laugh!
Happy weekend, my friends.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Here are five awesome things I read this week, and you should read them too!
- One of The Atlantic’s feature stories, The Case for Reparations, is legitimately one of the most awesome things I have read this year. It was written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and you should check it out.
- Modest is Hottest? by Sarah Moon for No Shame Movement.
- This Slate piece has been making the rounds on social media so you may have already seen it, but if not it’s an interesting take on racism in the younger generations.
- In Southern Baptist Convention news updates (I know you are pumped to read something beginning with that introductory clause), a Muslim student has completed his first year of Ph.D work at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and people think that is weird. Because it is weird. The interesting part of this conversation, though, is this challenge that Seminary President Patterson’s defense of this decision shows that he (and/or his institution) values moral and social issue alignment (i.e. on women’s rights, homosexuality and marriage equality, abortion rights, etc.) over faith alignment (i.e. other Christians who have different positions on social issues than those espoused by the SBC).
- Finally, we’ve got this article at The Huffington Post that repeats the often-published truth that it is cheaper to provide homeless persons with housing than to continue treating their emergent needs through ER visits and prison stays. If you don’t know this already, you’re about ten years late to the party, but it is definitely worth repeating.
As an honorable mention, I was watching celebrities read mean tweets (Jimmy Kimmel) and it was cracking me up. So check this out if you need something funny to start your weekend right.
Okay, that’s it! What awesome things did you read this week? Share in the comments or link us up on twitter.
Things I love? Reasonable people saying reasonable things. Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why we Must Have Both, is a statement signed by a number of respected, thinking people saying that they support gay marriage AND they support the right of others to disagree without being punished. And here’s a statement from Dale Carpenter at Volokh explaining how he does and does not agree.
Esther Emery’s Why I Will Not Leave the Evangelical Church Today. Another piece of nuanced, compassionate writing from my friend in Idaho.
Joy the Baker has a story/recipe combo post on her blog, making The Old-fashioned, which is (after a bit of trial and error) her cocktail. It looks awesome and like it would bring a little extra credibility and sophistication to a night out.
Finally, we’ve got a Writing Lessons post from Emily Maloney that has stayed with me this week. She writes about how she learned to put into practice the important writing mantra of showing up and getting it done. Reminds me about what Anne Lamott said at the Festival of Faith and Writing, and a new effort to write words on pages at #6am led by my new friend Ed Cyzewski.
This post from Jezebel really made me think: What Life is Like When Getting Your Period Means You are Shunned, by Rose George.
Once again, Kate from Eat the Damn Cake writes something that sticks with me. This week’s post, What Do Women Do All Day?, is kind of awesome and wonderful and, just like last week’s post about danger and whether you should save yourself or a stranger, sits in the tension that is so much of everyday life.
Richard Beck’s post on being a famous, influential Christian without being a jerk (or, as he calls it, On Christian Celebrity), was incredibly thoughtful. So much of what I read online is extremes and hyperbole, and this is just good thinking.
Alise has a post up about forgiveness entitled Redemption Only Through Failure?. She asks whether her marriage that began in an affair with the worship pastor of her church has to end in divorce for her to receive forgiveness and redemption and reconciliation with the Church. And to be honest, I don’t think there are any easy answers here.
Last but not least, my friend Osheta Moore’s post for A Deeper Story, Speaking Fear, Praying Shalom. Full disclosure: I was granted a preview of this post and provided a few editorial comments on the draft about a month ago, and I’ve been waiting and waiting for it to come out because I LOVE Osheta and her voice her is so important to the conversations around race and public safety and how we raise our children and how we make our world better. Please do read this.
Well, we’re a day late and a dollar short with Five Things this week. I haven’t been reading and saving blogs at my typical frequency because I’ve been, well, doing other things. However, while it is Saturday instead of Friday, these links are still just as awesome as they were yesterday, and I hope you enjoy them!
1. How to Improve your Presentation Skills — without an eccentric professor vibe. I read Ask A Manager almost religiously. So many things that I didn’t understand or did wrong in the first year of my professional life could have been avoided if I’d read all of this first, and so I make sure to check in each day to AAM as well as to skim through the comment sections. There is so much good information in here, and the comments on how to be a better presenter do not disappoint. My two cents: you make a presentation for an audience, not yourself, so think about what they need to know, not all of the things you have ever known so you can prove to everyone how smart you are.
2. When this is all I have to say about Jesus and religious freedom, by Preston Yancey. I don’t know Preston, and nearly every time I comment on his blog it somehow gets a-w-k-w-a-r-d, but some people who I love know him in real life and call him friend, and I can see why. I’m so glad to hear him and other popular internet people speaking love.
Will bakeries be declining to make cakes for gossips and slanderers and the proud also?
If so, then my wedding is tanked.
I guess what I’m really trying to say is that I would bake the cake.
And I think Jesus would too.
I operate from the premise that Jesus is kind.
3. Discuss: The Empty Hearing Room, at Capitol Hill Style. I love it when Belle gives an insider’s perspective on how things work ‘on the Hill,’ and this post is a good one. It is shocking to see how empty hearing rooms are on Capitol Hill — I too have visited a session to see a senator making a speech to basically no one — but while it seems weird it actually isn’t: she is getting her words on the record and that’s what counts.
4. The Lectionary and a Legacy: A Letter to Myself, by my friend Caris Adel. Caris is knocking it out of the park these past few weeks, as she wrestles with being white and privileged. I’m sticking with her as she journeys into her history, which is also my history. Only good can come from asking these hard questions.
5. How to Create a Progress Gantt Chart in Microsoft Excel 2010, a video by Euguene O’Laughlin (YOUTUBE). If you follow me on Facebook you heard already how I successfully made a beautiful Gantt diagram in excel this week, under the auspices of ENGLISH MAJORS CAN DO ANYTHING. If you’d like to know what that is, or how to do it yourself, watch this short video that taught me how.
I gave you something kind of vulnerable this week, and my top reads reflect that same positioning: they are stories of our journeys to find who we really are in the midst of who we thought we were, who others think we are, and who everyone else told us we would be. Click through and give them the love they deserve.
One. Sacred/Scared Day Two at Momastery.
I don’t typically read Glennon’s blog (because, like, it’s called Momastery and I’m not a mom), but every now and again I see a link that leads me there and this is a winner. I never expected to have so much in common with Kristen Howerton! It’s weirdly comforting to read a more mature version of your own insecurities written by someone you respect.
Two. On Changing Dreams at A Beautiful Mess.
Three. In Defense of the Sharp Lefts, by Elora Ramirez. Holy wow.
Four. Caris Adel’s I’m White and It’s Uncomfortable.
Five. Leanne Penny’s What Mental Health Isn’t.
Also: tip of the hat to Dr. Richard Beck’s series on Johnny Cash’s theology. I particularly enjoyed his discussion of Cash’s album Bitter Tears. Any English majors reading this blog today? This could be a great source for a senior thesis topic.
1. In a very timely discussion, given recent(ish) posts by Grace Biskie and Modern Mrs. Darcy on this topic in the world of religion, we have Sarah Milstein for the Harvard Business Review with Putting an End to Conferences Dominated by White Men. These are practical tips that you can use when speaking with any conference planners about this issue in the future. You can just send them this link.
2. How to Suppress the Apology Reflex, by Audrey S. Lee for the New York Times. I loved this personal essay on how a smart women learned to stop apologizing every time she spoke. AMEN, SISTER. You should not be sorry for taking up space or having opinions. I mean, seriously. [rant over, sorry NOT sorry.]
3. My friend Osheta’s compilation of posts on race and reconciliation in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. So many good words. Please do read them.
4. And on a similar note, this post at the Shriver Brief links you to just about everything you need to know about the relationship between race and poverty and our responses to them both.
5. Things I want to eat/drink right now this very second: these Grapefruit Mojitos, homemade Dulce de Leche (without condensed milk!), these lemon poppy-seed pancakes, these stuffed bell peppers, and clearly my sickness is showing through because I also really want this fancy-pants bowl full of vegetables.
(Yes, you heard that right! For my birthday, God gave me the croup. How lucky am I?! I’m sure H thinks this cough is incredibly attractive.)