Jill’s House: Something for you to consider by Scot McKnight. Some friends from college (who I wrote about here) introduced me to this amazing organization that serves families who have children with disabilities. Watch this video and consider how you might get involved.
Serious reading takes a hit from scanning and skimming, researchers say by Michael S. Rosenwald. “Humans, they warn, seem to be developing digital brains with new circuits for skimming through the torrent of information online. This alternative way of reading is competing with traditional deep reading circuitry developed over several millennia.”
How to make Facebook’s changes slightly less annoying by Kristen Howerton. “By some mystery matrix, Facebook is choosing which posts show up in your news feed, rather than just serving up status updates as they come. The result is that older status updates are showing up at the top, and others aren’t showing up at all.”
A growing gap: How black and white Christians think about race by Kate Tracy. “The new findings … lay bare the dramatic and growing gap in racial attitudes and experiences in America,” writes David Briggs in releasing the second wave of results from the Portraits of American Life Study
Biracial, and also black by Martha S. Jones. “Ordinarily, I am silent, listening and taking notes. But by the time I heard a third student say “I am mixed-race, from a mixed race family,” I had set down my notebook and was perched at the edge of my seat.
“Me, too,” I heard myself say. And with that, I knew that the class would be anything but routine. Until that moment, I had always told a neater story about my identity. I was, simply put, black. And about my mother being white? That had been irrelevant for me and my“one drop rule” generation.”
How white parents should talk to their kids about race by Melinda Winner Moyer. “I’ve avoided talking about race with my kids mainly because I’ve thought that racial bias is learned by direct instruction and imitation—and that if I don’t talk about race or act in explicitly racist ways, my kids won’t pick up prejudices. My sources told me that this notion is pretty common; research suggests that nonwhite parents talk about racial identity much more frequently with their kids than white parents do, but that even minority parents often avoid talking about racial differences.”
This is what the average American will look like by 2050 by The San Francisco Globe. “National Geographic covered the changes in America physically as the country continues to be the melting pot for the world and as interracial marriages become more prevalent. “We’ve become a country where race is no longer so black or white.”
We, the people of the globe by Laura Parker. “We are a people made tender by airport goodbyes and flexible by the travel we log after those tears have dried. We are those who open Christmas presents over Skype, who sleep in foreign beds in our home countries, who taste the pain of the missed funeral, the birth, and the regular family dinner after church.”
24 charts of leadership styles around the world by Gus Lubin. “Different cultures can have radically different leadership styles, and international organizations would do well to understand them.”
These diagrams reveal how to negociate with people around the world by Gus Lubin. “You can’t expect negotiations with French to be like negotations with Americans, and the same holds true for cultures around the world. British linguist Richard D. Lewis charted communication patterns as well as leadership styles and cultural identities in his book, “When Cultures Collide,” now in a 2005 third edition.”
A year of multicultural picture books for the global child by Meera Sriram. “If you have not been including multicultural books in your reading diet, this is a great beginner’s guide that will last you for the year. The books cover many important and diverse themes like tradition, travel, history, holiday, migration, art and culture. This is a fantastic potpourri of books for children aged three through 12 growing up to be global citizens of tomorrow!”
We pray for reform by Sarah Quezada. “For the families left behind that desperately miss a loved one. For the mamas who worry when the woman you brought into this world hasn’t been heard from in too long. For the wives waiting for money from the States but missing the partner who should be at the table. For the babies who’ve not met their papis. For the teenagers who respect the sacrifice, but barely remember their mama’s touch. We pray for reform.”
5 things I learned from immigrants learning English. “Their resilience, fortitude, humor, and kindness are teaching me just as much as I’m teaching them – probably more. “I teach you English,” I tell them in our serious moments. “But you teach me life.”
The polarization of “Biblical Christianity” by Michael W. Pahl. “The World Vision ruckus was only the latest in a line of once-a-month mêlées among Christians appealing to the Bible over some hot-button issue. And as Christians repeat this reactionary, polarizing approach to every issue that comes up, month after month, year after year, sides are indeed being taken. Some are not even taking sides—tragically, they’re abandoning the attempt to be either “Christian” or “biblical.””
A year of grieving dangerously: An interview with Kay Warren by Timothy C. Morgan. “About two weeks ago, Kay Warren’s anger boiled over. The co-founder of Saddleback church wrote on Facebook, “As the one-year anniversary of Matthew’s death approaches, I have been shocked by some subtle and not-so-subtle comments indicating that perhaps I should be ready to ‘move on.’ … I have to tell you – the old Rick and Kay are gone. They’re never coming back. We will never be the same again.”
10 things to know about education around the world by Katie Lepi
101 Culturally Diverse Christian Voices. Check out Christian voices from many perspectives.
What does it mean to be white? Resources on white identity development. “Many white people I know haven’t ever given much thought to how their race has influenced them. When other Americans of color talk about their own cultural backgrounds, white people might sheepishly wonder, “What culture?” about their own backgrounds.”
Why we can’t just set race aside. “This is how I perceive the situation,” I’m often known to comment to my husband – even when my perceptions sound so racist I’m embarrassed to admit them, “Help me understand why I think this but feel bad saying it out loud.”
Years of such admissions are slowly helping me understand when my reactions stem from being a cultural majority and when I’m actually allowing more than one perspective to shape my perceptions.”