Archive for the ‘Wednesdays Worthy Reads’ Category

 

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This week’s worthy reads…

Warriors for Peace

Floyd Holt, photo courtesy of PhotographyServed ~ Warriors for Peace

War & Sacrifice in the Post-9/11 Era -

The Pew Research Center DataBank provides a ‘daily number’ – this week’s caught my eye:

52% – More Than Half of Post-9/11 Combat Veterans Report Emotional Trauma

To read more about this number click here.

Not surprisingly, given the wide variety of news reports that have been relentlessly provided, according to the Pew Research Center, “the re-entry process has been more difficult for post-9/11 veterans than it was for those who served prior to 9/11. More than four-in-ten post-9/11 veterans (44%) say they had difficulty readjusting to civilian life, compared with 25% of pre-9/11 veterans. This may be due in part to the fact that post-9/11 veterans are much more likely than those who served before them to have seen combat. Among post-9/11 veterans who served in combat, half (51%) say they had difficulty readjusting to civilian life… Nearly six-in-ten post-9/11 combat veterans (57%) say that since being discharged from the military, they have experienced frequent incidents of irritability or outbursts of anger…Nearly as many combat veterans (55%) say they have experienced strains in family relations…” Read more.

Our communities and congregations are full of veterans, families of veterans, friends of veterans. Do you know who they are? What’s happening in your community? What’s happening in your church? What’s your next step in coming alongside those who are struggling?

 

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Young Adults and Women…

There are some themes here that seem to be converging & I want to read/write/talk more about them. There’s nothing worse than blog topics of the moment that then get lost in the next big thing but are really worth pondering & talking deeply about.

Seven Reasons Why Young Adults Quit Church ~ Christian Piatt for Red Letter Christians

Four More BIG Reasons Why Young Adults Quit Church ~ Christian Piatt for Red Letter Christians

15 Reasons I Left Church ~ Rachel Held Evans

It’s the Simple Moments that Stick ~ Susannah

Rush Limbaugh and Three Evangelical Blind Spots ~ Rachel Held Evans

Because we’re United Methodist, and therefore “mainstream,” some of us may be inclined to think we’re immune to these kinds of issues. But I wonder. Considering that I was called “an out of control little girl” by someone in my first appointment, makes me think that maybe this whole conversation is hitting closer to home than we’d like. Seems like we need to think a bit longer about all of this…

Interesting thoughts and happenings…

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American Atheists Billboards

 

 

American Atheists, one of the largest atheist organizations in the nations, has unveiled two new billboards in New York and New Jersey which target Muslim and Jews, asking them to reconsider their religion. Read more…

 

 

 

 

Church Life

Check out Church Life, a new open source (meaning free of charge) journal from Notre Dame’s Center for Liturgy. The journal focuses on the “New Evangelization” in the Roman Catholic Church. With an emphasis on catechesis (teaching), discerning vocation and liturgical formation, it’s got important information for Methodists as well. Just fill out the online registration form and you can download or read online for free.

 

 

 

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Hyperconnected lives

 

 

Interesting information from the Pew Foundation on millennials and their  hyperconnected lives. How will this unfolding reality affect how we relate to this generation? Read more…