I looked through the internet and found some snacks for your Friday! Enjoy!
Cheese Slices, Condiments, and Other Object Collections Bound into Books, yep, you read that right. They’re the most delicious books you’ll ever see, so of course, they had to be a part of this week’s Snack Pack.
Black Panther 2 is coming out in May 2022 and I can’t wait!
I recently read this blog post about Seeking Therapy For The First Time and Tianna writes so perfectly how it felt for me, and I’m sure for many, to go to therapy for the first time.
This Photographer removes our smartphones to show our strange and lonely new world. You might also want to add a dash of these culturally meaningful illustrations to that dose.
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When I was inside evangelical churches working for evangelical pastors I noticed my words didn’t carry weight. If I said something brilliant many would dismiss me, as soon as my husband or another white pastor said the same thing people treated it like it was genius. Interestingly enough, I left the evangelical church to find the same kind of dynamics everywhere else. . I have people who call me a friend and treat my words with suspicion, but as soon as a white woman they barely know spews the exact same information, suddenly it is insightful. I am expected to quote and give exact citations, to show I own the books and have highlighted them to no end. I am expected to pull out my degrees and prove my expertise and experience. Expected to explain that I do work, and no, I don’t just mean as a mom. It feels like I am always being asked to prove my worth. It’s exhausting. And I refuse to do it. That’s colonized behavior and I won’t bow to it. . Latinx women have to work for 22 months to receive what a white man would in 1 year. Pastors are paid in average $96k a year, I used to make $9k (why I agreed to that is a whole other conversation on internalized misogyny and the effects of colonization on self worth, but we’ll talk about that another time). The world’s intrinsic biases see us as excellent nannies and house keepers (and we freaking are!), but they can’t seem to want to hear our words or appreciate any other jobs we hold. That gets exacerbated in some industries. Faith (yes it is an industry) is one of them. . I am not asking that people stop asking me for sources (but please try google before you ask me), or that people stop trying to educate me on DMs (I am a learner after all and love learning from others). I’m not asking that people stop questioning me (I believe one should question all things). What I am asking is that before you choose to do those things, ask yourself if you are doing it because of the identities I hold. Would you interact with a white woman the same way? A white man? If they answer is no, then please do dismantle your intrinsic biases and spare me and anybody else you are doing that to. . Continue in comments
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You can’t experience Divine Love if you secretly hate who you were created to be. . . There is nothing more holy than forgiving the gap between your light and shadow self. . . There is nothing more sacred than receiving the gift of your existence. . . #spiritualpractice #spiritualformation #spiritualdirection #asyouloveyourself #love #homeheart #hearthome #visualprayers #visualprayer #visiodivina #grace #selflove #kindness
This was very thought-provoking for me.
Small child: Mummy, when you leave my room at night, I can't remember what your voice sounds like.
Me: Even when you can't see me, my voice still sounds like this…." I love you."
Her: That *is* your voice! The love voice! Even in the dark!
— Sarah Bessey (@sarahbessey) September 18, 2019
This melted my heart this week.
“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like “struggle.” To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.”
— MisterRogersQuotes (@MisterRogersSay) September 16, 2019
THREAD: Following the death of @JarridWilson, my social media feeds have been speckled with the cruel responses of those who bear the name of Christ. One friend even posted today about how he thought mental illness disqualified you from the pastorate.
— Jonathan Merritt (@JonathanMerritt) September 12, 2019
This whole thread is worth your time. And if you are struggling with mental illness please get the help that you need.
As always, do you have a link that you would like for me to include in a future Church Tech Snack Pack? Send it to me!