I'm currently working in a conservative Christian community, but a large part of my heart is in the skeptical "liturgists" space. And while the people I'm working with are incredibly gracious, it is so painful to experience how (often unintentionally) hurtful the conservative sphere can be.
Rant, editing evangelical book, Calvinism
I think I've figured out why editing this book bothers me so much. It is axiomatically premised on the Calvinist creed that humanity is irreparably broken and sinful, and it is only by the grace of God that we have any value.
I held that view for most of my life until I started deconstructing.
Now it's abhorrent to me, and every time I read anything based on that perspective I die a little bit inside.
Ugh. Just ugh.
Sorry for the rant, but ugh. 🤢
Ma 3 poochies. The radar-eared one is a staffy X something (rat, we suspect), the handsome collared one is a proper staffy and the gorgeous beast we call the golden fluff (because she's part something golden, part something silky and equal parts loving, eccentric and terrified of everything)
Only the staffy isn't a rescue 😊
(I literally spent an hour trying to find a better pic that would post. Because the photos I take are too big or too awesome or something 😑)
Thank you @mike for creating this space for us, and for all the other things we've covered at length that make you one of the best humans I (digitally) know.
And thank you, people of social.theliturgists.com for making this space inviting, warm and worth coming back to every day. Ya'll rock ❤️🤘
I drive 8 hours every Sunday = lots of time to listen to podcasts and think, and
I'm struck by 3 things:
1. It's so surreal that I'm involved in this loving, affirming, life-giving community despite being on the other side of the world.
2. The Tongues and S4 Finale episodes made me literally squeal with laughter. It almost got dangerous I was laughing so hard.
3. I'm going to look back one day and point to this phase in my life where things changed radically, for the better.
Trolling a toxic conference
So there's this toxic conference in the UK called "Dangers of Social Justice in Evangelicalism" which is probably going to be every bit as bad as it sounds.
Thankfully, they left us a HUGE loophole...it's free to register.😈
If you want to make empty seats, go to the link and sign up for as many tickets as you have time for (bonus points if you use a name/email address like ThisIs MorallyBankruptChristianity).
Let the trolling commence. 👾
I just spent waaay to long scrolling through the random fediverse instance bot, and @socialtheliturgistscom is really freaking huge. Like, not quite the biggest, but definitely in the top 5 of the instances I saw. 👌
That said, the bot was posting random instances. So there could literally be hundreds bigger than this one that just didn't pop up 🤷♂️
Hah. Thanks for this gem, @kennethlove 👌
"RT @firstname.lastname@example.org Right wingers wanting milkshake regulation immediately after a milkshake attack but not wanting gun regulation after hundreds of mass shootings leaving people dead sort of sums it all up really"
Help! Empathy for anti-vaxxers
It's exhausting trying to figure out how to explain to anti-vaxxers who genuinely care for you that what they believe is wrong and dangerous.
Like, where do I even start? I'm dealing with a strong bias ("my sons weren't vaccinated and they're SUPER DUPER HEALTHY!") and I really want to honour her concern for my child's wellbeing.
But I also REALLY want to slap her in the Facebook with solid, accessible science.
Please #litfam, help me do this sensitively 😥
If you're at all interested in science and or get incredibly vexed by the way science is portrayed in the media (and have a few minutes to spare for an amusing, informative read), don't miss this. It's gold.
Props to @riayngrey for bringing this to the attention of the 'don. Much appreciated 👍
i do not do twitter, but my husband does and we have been getting a kick out of the new “IN MICE” feed, which is calling out hype and misinformation in science news reporting.
if you haven’t seen already
Stress relief, swears
Is it just me, or does anyone else find it really helpful muttering "fuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuck" under their breath until the stress subsides a bit when they're overwhelmed by work/life/responsibilities?
I mean, it's not a long-term solution. But it does help me come down a bit and refocus on the task at hand.
My name is David, but I love umlauts and interesting punctuation.
I live in southmost bit of Africa that stops the rest of it from sliding into the sea.
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