Friday Link Love

Lots of juicy links this week... Female Pastors in the PCUSA: Some Stats

Women ministers report the same level of job satisfaction as their male counterparts... yet there continues to be a gender gap at the "highest level" of ministry (head of staff of large congregations). What do you make of this? I snarkily summarized on Twitter: "We haven't been able to break the stained-glass ceiling, but at least we're happy about it!"


Good Hours, Not More Hours

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned about life over the past several years is that your good hours are the only valuable ones.

You know exactly what I’m talking about. There are a few hours during the day where you’re revved up. Your mind is clicking. You’re efficient at solving problems. You’re able to produce great things.

At other points in the day, though, you’re nowhere near as able to produce good work. You sit there staring at the computer screen or at your desk, not really achieving anything. You feel tired and muddled.

I'm going to take this article as evidence that my part-time hours are of higher overall quality than other people's full-time hours ;-)


How Your Happiness Can Save the World

Finally, a book/article about the impending climate crisis and accompanying economic tremors that doesn't make me want to kill myself. I hope he's right. I've downloaded The Great Disruption onto my Kindle and am saving it for the fall, after my fiction-only summer. Or maybe we're doomed and this hopeful book IS fiction! Hardy har.


The Backfire Effect: You Are Not So Smart

The Misconception: When your beliefs are challenged with facts, you alter your opinions and incorporate the new information into your thinking.

The Truth: When your deepest convictions are challenged by contradictory evidence, your beliefs get stronger.


In 1976, when Ronald Reagan was running for president of the United States, he often told a story about a Chicago woman who was scamming the welfare system to earn her income.

Reagan said the woman had 80 names, 30 addresses and 12 Social Security cards which she used to get food stamps... The story solidified the term “Welfare Queen” in American political discourse and influenced not only the national conversation for the next 30 years, but public policy as well. It also wasn’t true.

Sure, there have always been people who scam the government, but no one who fit Reagan’s description ever existed. The woman most historians believe Reagan’s anecdote was based on was a con artist with four aliases who moved from place to place wearing disguises, not some stay-at-home mom surrounded by mewling children.

Despite the debunking and the passage of time, the story is still alive.

And just like that, I'm back to "we're doomed" again.


Blessed Are the Uncool

I posted this on Facebook yesterday.

People sometimes assume that because I’m a progressive 30-year-old who enjoys Mumford and Sons and has no children, I must want a super-hip church—you know, the kind that’s called “Thrive” or “Be” and which boasts “an awesome worship experience,” a  fair-trade coffee bar, its own iPhone app, and a pastor who looks like a Jonas Brother.

While none of these features are inherently wrong, (and can of course be used by good people to do good things), these days I find myself longing for a church with a cool factor of about 0.

That’s right.

I want a church that includes fussy kids, old liturgy, bad sound, weird congregants,  and…brace yourself…painfully amateur “special music” now and then.


Read the rest to find out.

And as I said on FB yesterday, the church that ejected a 12 year old boy with cerebral palsy on Easter because he was "distracting" makes Baby Jesus cry.


And something to make you smile...

Conan O'Brien's Dartmouth Commencement Speech

A standout in this genre.

Have a great weekend, everyone.