Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Talk-blocking, manstanding resistant strategies

Sheryl Sandberg has some excellent strategies for dealing with talk-blocking, manstanding etc.


  • no-interruption policy while people have the floor
  • resist interrupters by saying something like "Wait, let her finish!"
  • support your female colleagues
  • give credit where credit is due
  • practice assertive body language and voice
  • support institutions with women in power

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Pope's speech to congress

Here's the link to the Pope's address to Congress. It's a courageous prophetic voice.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Good coverage of the Papal visit to the US

It's not easy to find good commentary on the Papal visit to the US but one voice to listen for is that of Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Professor at St John's University here in NYC.

See for example this radio interview.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Amma Syncletica: Logoi (unfinished)

  • In the beginning, there is struggle and a lot of work for those who come near to God. But after that, there is indescribable joy. It is just like building a fire: at first it’s smoky and your eyes water, but later you get the desired result. Thus we ought to light the divine fire in ourselves with tears and effort.
    – Amma Syncletica
    from ‘Desert Sayings’ quoted in How Shall We Live by Joan Chittister, OSB.


  • Amma Syncletica said, "There are many who live in the mountains and behave as if they were in the town; they are wasting their time. It is possible to be a solitary in one's mind while living in a crowd; and it is possible for those who are solitaries to live in the crowd of their own thoughts."

Saturday, September 19, 2015

If you have spent any amount of time attending church, it’s likely that you have encountered a church bully. It is even more likely that you have come across church bullies if you have been involved with church leadership. Of course, bullies are everywhere in the world, and are not limited to churches. Bullying is hot button issue these days, and bullying is something many people are trying to draw attention to so that it can be eliminated. Yet still, bullying can be hard to identify. It isn’t just the big kid on the playground stealing lunch money. Bullying can be psychological, emotional and physical.
Image Source - http://thebravediscussion.com
Image Source – http://thebravediscussion.com
Church bullies have a special advantage, though. Most church people have been taught to be nice and kind, to refrain from stirring the pot or rocking the boat. Church bullies know that often people will not stand up to them, and that they can get away with just about anything.


http://millennialpastor.net/2014/01/23/12-reasons-why-it-is-good-to-be-a-church-bully/