Reconciliation Replay (October 31, 2013)

highlighting the best reconciliation words around

BE GOOD NEWS on Halloween: "5 Ways to be Good News in Your Neighborhood on Halloween" by Adam McLane

"Think strategically: For those who are anti-Halloween I have this challenge. One night a year one hundred families want to come to your door and say hello. Are you going to greet them? Or are you going to turn off your light and pretend they don’t exist?...Read more"

AVOID burnout: "Author Sarah Cunningham Says Do-Gooders Can Avoid Burnout" by Jonathan Merritt

"There’s a thousand different things that might threaten longevity, but almost all of them come down to a lack of awareness. When we’re moving too fast, or when we’re taking on too many or too big of projects that exceed our ability to emotionally manage them, we often choose to function in the rest of our lives at 60% or 80% of our energy and skill-level. We often walk around too tired or hyper-focused on just our primary cause, which dulls our own natural sense of intuition and can let us operate oblivious to the emotional warning signs stirring inside of us...Read more"

EXAMINE how millennials feel about Christian disunity: "The Millennials are Rejecting Fighting" by Thom Ranier

"It seems, therefore, that Christians and churches will win the right to be heard by Millennials when those Christians and churches demonstrate love and unity among themselves. And the early reporting from the Millennial generation about this issue is not too encouraging. We Christians and the churches we represent may be one of the biggest stumbling blocks to reaching the largest generation in America’s history...Read more"

EMPATHIZE across theological lines: "Empathy and the Conservative/Progressive Theological Divide" by Andy Campbell

"Much like the social, political, and economic realms, the Christian theological realm has become highly polarized in the past several decades. The distance between conservative and progressive theological camps is growing wider by the day. Conversation between people of differing theologies is becoming less frequent and is often derisive, not charitable. We have become very good at “othering” because we have a failure of empathy within the Christian church.

This is due, I think, to an inability to listen to one another’s stories and to be vulnerable in sharing our own. One’s theology is much more complicated than assent to a set of well-reasoned precepts. People don’t adhere to theology due to some sort of agenda, hidden or otherwise. A person’s theology “sticks” because it helps them make sense of their life. Theology is embedded within story...Read more"

WITNESS the power of Christian unity: "How Church Unity Overcame Hurricane Sandy" by Christy Krispin

"Three days after the storm, the pastors—representing different denominations and traditions—had organized their Island into a grid, dubbing each section a "parish." Churches were then assigned to a specific parish, ensuring no area was neglected. By the time Red Cross and FEMA workers arrived, they found an organized relief effort in full swing, with donation and distribution centers operating and clean-up crews already working. The 22 pastors and their churches were leading the way...Read more"

SAY SOMETHING: "When Your Kid Says Something Racist" by Kathy Khang

"As an adult, hearing racist slurs come out of the mouths of children, especially this particular 14-year-old boy’s mouth, and then NOT hearing his parent correct him bothered me so. I did understand the young man was in pain, which is why I was hoping he would take his pain meds. I did understand he was tired because my son was tired, too. I wanted to go back to where we came from – Libertyville, Illinois! But we were stuck in Ann Arbor because my four-year-old baby almost seized to death. I did understand. But I told the other mother that what I didn’t understand was how she could hear her son say things like “chink” and not correct him. I told her this wasn’t about the noise. It was about the racist slurs...Read more"

CHECK OUT these interesting data: "How Fast-Food Eaters Split Along Ethnic Lines" by Vanessa Wong

"Asian Americans are nearly four times more likely to visit a Jamba Juice than the average consumer, but less likely to visit McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Taco Bell, according to a report released today by Placed, a location analytics company. “Ethnicity is quantifiably in the driver’s seat when determining fast-food consumption,” says Placed Chief Executive David Shim. “No single demographic trait—age, gender, income—provides the signal that ethnicity does in terms of restaurant preference...Read more

GET YOUR LAMENT ON: "The American Church's Absence of Lament" by Soong-Chan Rah

"How we worship reveals what we prioritize. The American church avoids lament. Consequently the underlying narrative of suffering that requires lament is lost in lieu of a triumphalistic, victorious narrative. We forget the necessity of lament over suffering and pain. Absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder. Absence makes the heart forget. The absence of lament in the liturgy of the American church results in the loss of memory...Read more"

UNDERSTAND the relationship between childhood poverty and adult brain function: "Childhood Poverty and Stress Harms Adult Brain Function" by Jeremy Dean

"The results showed that those whose families were the poorest when they were 9-years-old performed the worst on the tests as 24-year-olds. And, it didn’t matter if they had subsequently climbed out of poverty; it was coming from a poor background that was the overriding factor in how their brains functioned on this test...Read more"