#Easter

Are there any who are devout lovers of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival! Are there any who are grateful servants? Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord! Are there any weary with fasting? Let them now receive their wages! If any have toiled from the first hour, let them receive their due reward; If any have come after the third hour, let him with gratitude join in the Feast! And he that arrived… Read more

#GoodFriday

1 O sacred head, sore wounded, Defiled and put to scorn; O kingly head, surrounded With mocking crown of thorn: What sorrow mars Thy grandeur? Can death Thy bloom deflow’r? O countenance whose splendor The hosts of heav’en adore! 2 Thy beauty, long desired, Hath vanished from our sight; Thy pow’r is all expired, And quenched the light of light. Ah me! for whom Thou diest, Hide not so far Thy grace: Show me, O Love most highest, The brightness… Read more

#MaundyThursday

1 Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended, that we to judge thee have in hate pretended? By foes derided, by thine own rejected, O most afflicted! 2 Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee? Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee! ‘Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee; I crucified thee. 3 Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered; the slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered. For our atonement, while we… Read more

The hidden sexism in workplace language

Still, even though we’re no longer referring to “lady doctors” or to “poetesses” and “authoresses,” says the BBC: Neanderthalic behaviour such as calling a woman “honey” or “baby” is as out of fashion as cave paintings. Particularly in the workplace, certain kinds of sexist language are simply no longer accepted. But there’s mounting evidence, anecdotal and scientific, that gender-propelled language and attitudes are still common in many places of employment. Gendered words are thrown around constantly. In performance reviews, women… Read more

My feminist strategy for dealing with criticism as a Christian leader

What do you do when you’re called shrill, hysterical or bossy? The executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches responds by feeling deeply and sharing her pain. Reprinted from Faith and Leadership. Christians say awful things to one another. I wish I hadn’t had to learn this as the leader of a Christian institution. In my ministry, I’ve been called all sorts of cruel things: shrill, hysterical, bossy, manipulative, emotionally unstable. I’ve been likened to farm animals. I’ve had… Read more

The 29 Best Jobs for Work-Life Balance

…assuming you believe in that concept at all. (Fodder for another post, as I’m off to go pick up a preschooler.) Anyway, here’s what Forbes, via Glassdoor, has to say about it: Today careers website Glassdoor released its list of the 29 best jobs for work-life balance. Glassdoor is best known for its crowd-sourced company reviews, and for this list, it grouped those reviews by job title. For anyone looking to change jobs and achieve better work-life balance, this list… Read more

Guess where it doesn’t pay to go on maternity leave?

Evangelical seminaries, says Emily Dolan Gierer for Christianity Today: In theory, the demand for paid family leave fits well with Christian values, which encourage and celebrate marriage and the raising of children. What could be more pro-family than polices that allow parents to be home with their child during the first weeks of the child’s life? How then do explicitly Christian institutions navigate paid parental leave and other flexible work policies?. . . Some experts say institutional culture is more significant… Read more

Politics, Polarization, and Entrepreneurship

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. In his prophetic post World War I poem The Second Coming, W. B. Yeats writes: “The blood dimmed tide is loosed and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned, The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.” There is a Chinese curse that goes something like, “May you live in interesting times.” We certainly seem to be living in one of those… Read more

What happened when a man and woman switched names at work

Over on the other blog I run I’ve been sharing a lot of posts about gender, so this from the Independent caught my eye: Men and women work side by side, often tackling the same business issues, sitting through the same meetings and walking the same hallways but the common ground might just end there. Martin R. Schneider, an editor for the movie-reviewing site Front Row Central based in Philadelphia, realised men and women are treated differently in the workplace after he… Read more

The pastoral vocation in the age of President Trump

Donald Trump may be a different kind of leader, perhaps even a threat to our democracy, but that doesn’t change the nature of the pastoral vocation, says an Iowa pastor. The pastor is the keeper of a space where we stand on a firm foundation. Reprinted from Faith & Leadership. By Cameron Barr Not long after last fall’s presidential election, I heard that a member of my church was unhappy with me. Apparently, the grapevine said, I’d snubbed a very thoughtful… Read more

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