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Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

6.14. 2019 Posted By: Joanne Gallardo

Here are five things worth paying attention to this week. These are designed to expose you to a perspective you may not normally come across in your daily lives.

1. The memorial service of Rachel Held Evans

Many of us familiar with the writings of Rachel Held Evans tuned into her memorial service June 1. Many influential theologians and pastors such as Wil Gaffney, Nadia Boltz Weber and Sarah Bessey were involved in some way. The service was very moving and a fitting tribute to a woman who had an influence on the faith lives of so many. You can watch a recording of her memorial service here. If you listen to nothing else, check out Nadia Boltz Weber’s sermon, which starts at minute 50.

2. Nuns and nones

A friend posted a fantastic New York Times article about “nones” (Millennials who do not affiliate with a particular religion) and nuns living together in community. Both groups made assumptions about the other but grew to better understand the lives of their “roommates” after sharing space together for about 6 months. The article can be found here.

3. Authenticity

As a kid, I had access to a lot of “authentic” Mexican food. I also had access to the “other stuff,” the Taco Bell-esque quick fare that fed us when we only had a few dollars. Both, in my opinion, were good meals because we ended up getting fed. White people are very into “authenticity,” and often leave bad reviews of restaurants they don’t see as off the beaten path, dirty and “struggling to make it.” This article from the Washington Post examines the intersection of privilege and food, and in my opinion is a very important read.

4. Call-out culture

This is an article I felt was written for me. All of us who have done any sort of social justice or activism work find ourselves in love with the “call-out,” or putting people on blast publicly for not being as “woke” (a word that should be stricken from everyone’s vocabulary at this point) as we are. While that is at times needed and appropriate, many times it can be more about our own ego than the work we do. This article helpfully reflects on cases where your call-out may be more about you and how you look than anything else.

5. Pentecost

Pentecost happens on Sunday, June 9. This is a time in the church year when we pay extra attention to the movement of the Holy Spirit. Notice your feelings when hearing the readings and reflecting on the movement of the Holy Spirit in your life. What are ways you can remember the activity of God not just this Sunday but all year round?

Joanne Gallardo is pastor of faith formation at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship in Goshen, Indiana.

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