Subtle sexism and a call to pay attention

This week for a class exercise, I was in a group that had to "defend" a position that women should not be in church leadership. The point was to see how different groups use Scripture and tradition to enforce their position, and to note how Quakers have tried to bring equality of leadership to women … Continue reading Subtle sexism and a call to pay attention

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In the process of being less defensive, I stopped talking.

Around September last year, I started reading a book called "Radical Collaboration", which deals with self-awareness and defensiveness in teamwork (and just being with people in general). It has several "testers" to gauge your defensiveness and also your "hot buttons". I was unpleasantly shocked by how defensive I was and how many things I get upset about. … Continue reading In the process of being less defensive, I stopped talking.

A Ruckus Rumpus Sort of Worship

This weekend I journeyed to an adventurous and lively festival known as Wild Goose. In Celtic Spirituality, the Holy Spirit is represented not as a peaceful dove, but a wild goose. And my oh my, did we have a wild and crazy time! There was dancing and body painting, fiery speakers and art everywhere. One of my favorite … Continue reading A Ruckus Rumpus Sort of Worship