Saturday, September 24, 2011

10 Happiest Jobs

Which jobs are the happiest? Well, it turns out that people who work in jobs with a high level of social interaction are the happiest. The Christian Science Monitor reported these results from the General Social Survey of the National Organization for Research:
1. Clergy
2. Firefighters
3. Physical therapists
4. Authors
5. Special education teachers
6. Teachers
7. Artists
8. Psychologists
9. Financial services sales agents
10. Operating engineers

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Combining Church and Skate

First Unitarian Church in Louisville, KY has called its first female minister in a long time. But that isn't the big news. Their pastor, Dawn Cooley, has revealed a shocking secret: she is also a roller girl. And she came out of the "roller girl closet" in a cool way. She rode out into the sanctuary with her entire team during a worship service. And now Dawn "Mrs. Fearless" Cooley is sharing the good news that all people are welcome and beautiful in the church. Even roller girls who happen to be pastors!

Here is the story:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Race To Nowhere

Race To Nowhere is a powerful film about kids. It's important for parents, educators, legislators, clergy, etc. as we explore ways to help young people develop into successful, happy adults. Here is part of the official synopsis:

"Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Race to Nowhere is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens."

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Jon Stewart on 9/11

Here's Jon Stewart on his first day back on the Daily Show after 9/11/01:

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
September 11, 2001
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Prayer for Healing on 9/11

In commemoration of the people who lost their lives and the people who saved lives on 9-11, we have made our song "Prayer for Healing" available for free download. May God continue to shower healing rain upon all of us who were touched by the events of that day. Here are the lyrics:

Hold me now
Heal me now
Send your grace
I am tired
I am lost
I need relief
Anoint me with your grace
Find me
Let me see your face
Find me
Let me see your face

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Not Being But Becoming

Here's a nice quote about life from Martin Luther:
"This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness; not health, but healing; not being but becoming; not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it; the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified."

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Theology of Enough

The new edition of Creative Transformation is now out! I was glad to be the guest editor and witness so many amazing people donatate their time and talents to reflect on a "theology of enough."

In the first section, theologians from different perspectives explore various aspects of a “theology of enough.” John Cobb argues for a focus on collective/communal interests, Ellen Brown provides historical context on monetary practices, Shams Ghonheim discusses the Islamic prohibition against usury, Larry Rasmussen describes ways to bring about needed transformation in our world, and Elizabeth Dodson Gray provides a re-definition of wealth/value.

In the second section, there are practical applications of a “theology of enough.” Steve Holt explores a spirituality of gardening, Cassandra Carmichael provides practical resources for congregations, Brian Kirk presents a way to help youth explore a missional understanding of personal economics, Sallie McFague provides a sermon that reflects on the kenosis needed in order for everyone to have a place at the global banquet, I present a sermon on Ecclesiastes that encourages a mindful appreciation of the limited time we have in this life, Jeanyne Slettom reviews a book about persuasive-relational parenting, and Yi Shen reviews a book about the intersection of politics and faith. Additionally, there are liturgical resources provided by Jeanyne Slettom and Sara Kay.

These authors invite us to awaken to, embody, and enjoy a “theology of enough.”

It's good stuff. And it's free. Check it out here.