Right to it: Beautiful Imperfection - O Magazine
This week, as the Miss Representation trailer has been zipping around Facebook, O Magazine hits the stands with a photo of a model with lines where she would need to be 'shopped or sliced in order to look like Barbie:
I'm a little boggled that the model above is identified as being "plus sized," and a few of the comments I read insisted that this beautiful gal was overweight and unhealthy. Aroo?
I hope this photo circulates widely. Kudos to photographer Matthew Rolston.
Coming Out as an Evangelical Supporter of Gay Rights - Mark Achtemeier
This Saturday I was privileged to speak at the ordination of a man I believe will be a wonderful minister. That man, Scott Anderson, happens to be the first openly gay person ordained in my denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), since a historic policy shift last July.
Scott's congregation in Madison was bursting with celebration during the service. However, not everyone in our denomination felt joyful.
I understand this distress because, as a lifelong conservative Christian, for most of my life I would have felt the same way.
Thanks be to God for Dr. Achtemeier's conversion and witness.
Laughing in Church - Faith and Leadership
Levity is still considered excessive in some churches. (Believe me, I've visited them and worshiped in them.) And when bishops, priests, sisters, brothers, ministers, pastors, elders, pastoral associates, music ministers, hospital chaplains, directors of religious education, and religious education teachers act as if they have the weight of the world on their shoulders, that no job is as difficult as theirs, and that they alone are responsible for doing God's work, then we're in trouble.
A place to write and reflect on ten questions, in commemoration of the Jewish High Holidays. Why don't Presbyterians do anything this cool?
With Time Running Short, Jobs Managed His Farewells - New York Times
If you're not tired of all the Steve Jobs articles, this is a good one. People wanted to give him awards and honor him at banquets, but near the end, he just wanted to have dinner at home with his kids. This is a good one about saying "No" in order to say a bigger "Yes."
How Yelp Is Killing Chain Restaurants - Ezra Klein
Business at chain restaurants is decreasing as the popularity of Yelp increases. Good stuff!
We use Yelp a lot, and have even started using it on road trips, a practice Robert instigated. I often bristle at first, because local restaurants are typically a few miles off the interstate and I just like to get where we're going. But it almost always turns out much better---more pleasant and interesting than the fast food options.
Pendulum Motion (YouTube)
This delighted my kids the other day:
Have a great weekend.