Links of the Week – July 3, 2015

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* Me After Every Day At The Office

* When Someone Asks Me Substantive Questions Of What I Do

* 10 Things You Can’t Do While Following Jesus

* 10 POLITICAL Things You Can’t Do While Following Jesus

* 10 Things You Need To Be Okay With If You Want A Happy Relationship

* 27 Pictures The Perfectly Sum Up Your Life
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* Zack Hunt : A Word Of Warning To My Fellow Christians About Same-Sex Marriage

* Star Trek Uglydolls – (WANT!)
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* Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America – (Absolutely.)

* Extra Tiny Customized Pet Portrait Fiber Friends

* Hawks Unveil Plan To Win By Damaging Opponents’ Retinas

* How To Change The World From Your Couch – (One person CAN change the world!)
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* Mini Peanut Butter And Chocolate Baked Doughnuts

* “Night Burgers” – Bob’s Burgers – ( ❤ ❤ ❤ )

* Joseph Michael: Luminosity

* It Doesn’t Matter That We Don’t Speak Or Read Japanese

* Researchers Say Virgin Mary Actually God’s Second Choice To Bear Son – (“There came a time, the parchment suggests, when God confided to Erica that He couldn’t ‘wait around forever…'”)

* Julia: Super Special Summer Family Togetherness

* This Dude Challenged Himself To Wear Heels All Day And Wanted To Die – (Women too, y’all. We’re just dumb enough to keep doing it.)

* Transgender Swimmer Given Choice Of Harvard’s Men’s Or Women’s Teams

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“We are all important, but not for the reasons we think.”
– Anonymous

“I am trying to do what I can to love, today. Can anything else be more important?”
– Anonymous

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Judgement Belongs to God

Written by United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert
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“I am a life-long United Methodist.

Early on in my ministry, I did not approve of gay and lesbian people because I thought I knew God’s Word regarding this issue.

While attending a church gathering in Boston in the mid-1970s, I met a very charming young lady, let’s call her Jane. She did not fit the stereotypical image I had of gay people. The event was designed to allow straight and gay people to get to know each other without knowing our vocations or sexual orientation. During our final session together, we were invited to divulge our vocations and our sexual identity.

When Jane shared that she was gay, she shook the foundation of what I had always thought and been taught about gay people. I had to reexamine my beliefs.

In Matthew, Jesus says, ‘Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.’ Then and there, I promised God that I would never again discriminate against any persons because of their sexual orientation.

Reflecting on my involvement with the Civil Rights movement, I was reminded of how it feels to experience marginalization and oppression. I have always had a loving quarrel with my church because of what it did to my people over the years.

I slowly came to realize that, like the disciples, I had been blind to the truth that was right in front of me. Gay and lesbian people, just like people of color, are members of God’s human family.

So, I have come to the realization that we are all children of God in the process of being saved by God’s grace. Therefore, we do not have the right to deny another child of God his/her place at God’s table. By God’s grace, we are granted the privilege to invite all people to God’s table. But it is not our call to judge who is worthy. Only God can make that call.

Reflecting on scripture, tradition, experience and reason, my mind was changed on the issue of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians in the church. We all belong to God.

Links of the Week – June 26, 2015

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* Leaving My Parents’ House And Going Back To My Apartment

* When I Meet Somebody Cute Who’s Just As Cynical As Me

* Happy Captain Picard Day!
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* Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage – Nobody’s Head Explodes
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* Openly Gay Dartmouth Runner Pays It Forward

* John Oliver On Online Harassment

* Women’s World Cup Of Arm Folding

* PostSecret: Dog Dad

* PostSecret: Afraid – (Totally.)

* Our Prayers For Emanuel AME Are Worthless


* Google Feud – (It’ll suck you in!)

* puravida Bracelets – ( ❤ ❤ ❤ )

* Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage – Nobody’s Head Explodes

* Chocolate Pie – (Noms!)

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“Mama cupped my chin in her hand. ‘Don’t love me too much, Sylvia. Don’t love anybody too much. Keep just a little back. You understand, baby?'”

Drinking From A Bitter Cup, Angela Jackson-Brown

“That was a turning point in my sobriety. Instead of always going to a meeting to feel good, there were more and more times when I went to a meeting to do good.”

– Anonymous

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Links of the Week – June 19, 2014

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* Jack King, NASA’s ‘Voice Of Apollo,’ Dies At 84

* Baseball And Black History – (So wonderful!)

* Even Baby Rhinos Need To Snuggle – (Dawwwwwww!)

* Strawberry Cornmeal Griddle Cakes

* Star Trek Celebrating DeForest Kelley’s Life

* The Old Mansions Of Peachtree Street – (Back when anything north of North Avenue was the suburbs of Atlanta)

* Astonishing Adventure T-Shirt – (Paging Mr. Herman…)

* How To Think Like A Sound Engineer

* PostSecret: Chairs

* PostSecret: Rat – (Me too!)

* PostSecret: Object

* When My Boyfriend Is Giving Me The Silent Treatment – (EVERY. Single. Argument my ex-husband and I ever had.)

* Love Is Not Enough – (I need to carry a copy of this with me always.)

* Cats Are Moody Creatures

* This Disney Princess Softball Team Photo Is Blowing Up The Internet

* Black Work-It Skort – (Don’t be fooled by the name. This idea could make wearing skirts ALMOST bearable!)

WWN Guide To Mercy Killing Your Family If Gay Marriage Becomes Legal – (The funniest thing I’ve read in quite a while! 😀 )

* 4 Mixing FAQ’s For New Sound Techs

* Zack Hunt: Does God Still Heal The Sick?

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* Spaghetti Toes: Taco Bell Is Just Alright With Jesus

* GLIDE United Methodist Church – (God, let all our churches be more like this one!)

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“Before my transition, I was hesitant about calling myself a woman, mostly because I had no desire to live up to the societal expectations and ideals that others often project onto that identity. I use to fear that embracing that identity would be tantamount to cramming myself into some predetermined box, restricting my possibilities and potential. But I now realize that no matter how I act or what I do or say, I remain a woman – both in the eyes of the world and, more importantly, in the way that I experience myself. While I used to view the word ‘woman’ as limiting, I now find it both empowering and limitless.”

Whipping Girl, Julia Serano

“In trans women’s eyes, I see a wisdom that can only come from having to fight for your right to be recognized as female, a raw strength that only comes from unabashedly asserting your right to be feminine in an inhospitable world. In a trans woman’s eyes, I see someone who understands that, in a culture that’s seemingly fueled on male homophobic hysteria, choosing to be female and openly expressing one’s femininity is not a sign of frivolousness, weakness, or passivity, it is a fucking badge of courage. Everybody loves to say that drag queens are ‘fabulous,’ but nobody seems to get the fact that trans women are fucking badass!”

Whipping Girl, Julia Serano

“The feminist assumption that ‘femininity is artificial’ is narcissistic, as it invariably casts nonfeminine women as having ‘superior knowledge’ while dismissing feminine women as either ‘dupes’ (who are too ignorant to recognize they have been conned) or ‘fakes’ (who purposely engage in ‘unnatural’ behaviors in order to uphold sexist societal norms.)”

Whipping Girl, Julia Serano

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Links of the Week – June 12, 2015

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* Planets Of TOS – (The background paintings were the best!)

* Mom Dresses Cat In Daughter’s Crop Top To Prove How Small It Is

* Week-Long Camp Teaches Intellectually Challenged To Ride Bikes

* 17 Times The World Wasn’t All That Bad

* NASA Marks 50 Years Of Mission Control, Plans Apollo Room Restoration

* Learning To Leave The Past Behind In 5 Steps

* What Self-Love Means: 20 Ways To Be Good To Yourself

* NASA Aiming For Multiple Missions To Jupiter Moon Europa

* Winged Greek Leather Sandals – (Woot!!!)

* Lionel Richie T-Shirt – (Brilliant! 😀 )

* If You Love The Duggars But Not Caitlyn Jenner, What Credit Is That To You? – (Post of the week. All Christians in particular should read.)

* This Dad Took Some Incredible Color Photos Of His Hipster Daughter…In 1913

* There’s A Drive-Thru Waffle House In Stone Mountain!

* Saltine Ice Cream Sandwiches

* No, Your Favorite Food Is Not Like Crack – (Take note…)

* South African Veterinarians Intervene To Save Hope The Rhino

* 7 Habits I’m Breaking Now That I’m In ACOA Recovery – (Me too! I’m not ACOA, but I’m lots of other acronyms!)

* 53 Of The Best Opening Sentences In Literature

* The WNBA Finally Recognizes Its Lesbian Fans
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* Peach Cobbler Cupcakes – (!!!!)

* Man Treats Mother To Detail About His Personal Life

* Ghosts of DC: Walter Johnson Hosts Event For Hunting Dogs On His Germantown Farm – ( ❤ ❤ ❤ )

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“A good question to ask myself frequently is: What am I looking for – advice or approval?”

– Anonymous

“We must challenge all who assume that feminine vulnerability is a sign of weakness. For when we do open ourselves up, whether it be by honestly communicating our thoughts and feelings or expressing our emotions, it is a daring act, one that takes more courage and inner strength than the alpha male facade of silence and stoicism.”

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman On Sexism And The Scapegoating Of Femininity, Julia Serano

“If we truly want to be taken seriously in our identified sex, then we must not only refuse to indulge cissexual people’s compulsion to pigeon hole us in our assigned sex, but call them out on the way that they continuously objectify our bodies while refusing to take our minds, our persons, and our identities seriously.”

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman On Sexism And The Scapegoating Of Femininity, Julia Serano

“Unlike gender dissonance, which is only experienced by trans people, gender entitlement can affect anyone. It is best described as the arrogant conviction that one’s own beliefs, perceptions, and assumptions regarding gender and sexuality are more valid than those of other people. Gender entitlement often leads to gender anxiety, the act of becoming irrationally upset by or being made uncomfortable by the existence of those people who challenge or bring into question one’s gender entitlement.”

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman On Sexism And The Scapegoating Of Femininity, Julia Serano

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