One of the workshops I was influenced by most during the Jubilee conference was the one led by Jay Jakub. In this workshop Jakub presented about the way he strives to incorporate a jubilee oriented economic policy in the think tank of his company. It was fascinating!
Along with the speakers at Jubilee there also were a number of noteworthy organizations. One of these was Blood:Water Mission. If you haven’t heard of this organization before, Blood:Water Mission was put together by the award winning band Jars of Clay and activist Jena Lee Nardella. Its mission is to partner with African grassroots agencies in addressing HIV/AIDS and water crises. For more information check out http://www.bloodwatermission.com/.
Going along the lines of my last blog, Dan Allender was another speaker at Jubilee who I would recommend to students. For those of us who have experienced or know someone who has experienced sexual abuse, this author’s contribution is irreplaceable. He speaks and writes with an honest sensitivity that is difficult to find.
At the conference Allender discussed shame and the hold it can have on its victims. His books also came highly recommended. A few of them are Leading with a Limp and The Wounded Heart.
I know in our be.justice life group we’ve been talking a lot about human trafficking. There are a lot of students out there who are passionate about this issue and rightly so. These students aren’t alone. Malone as an institution has partnered in the past with Remember Nhu to address the issue of sex trafficking of children. International Justice Mission seems to go hand in hand with a lot of the passions that Malone students have so I’d recommend it to my student body out there, especially to all of you who haven’t heard of them. This organization participates each year in Pittsburgh’s Jubilee conference. This year they had a speaker, Bethany Hoang, speak about her experience as Director of IJM institute for Biblical Justice. She told students about how she came to have a passion for addressing human trafficking. She also told a remarkable story about the role that prayer plays, and has played, for their organization in addressing issues. If you are interested in learning more I’d check out http://www.ijm.org/ or Hoang’s compact, efficient book Deepening The Soul for Justice. Also—I talked with some representatives of the organization and they told me about a campaign coming up on April 9th called Stand for Freedom. There’s the possibility we could organize participation among students on campus. Let me know if there’s interest and I publish some more on this later! -K
I just got back from a wonderful conference in Pittsburgh you may have heard about. It’s called Jubilee. There is so much there connecting students interests and passions with their calling in life. In addition, there’s a lot of forums about Justice. So I’m going to spend my next few blogs sharing some of what I learned and making plugs to certain speakers that you readers might find interesting. Thought I’d give you a heads up.
Please. No one has me fooled with this new Barbie campaign. Yep. Barbie. Who is going to be featured in this weeks Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition.
If you are having a visceral reaction right now you’re not the only one. I think we’ve all had enough of Barbie to begin with—but now the child’s toy is being marketed in one of the magazine’s most popular for objectifying women? I didn’t think the self-image issues this doll spreads to girls could get worse, but I guess I’ve been proved wrong. Personally, I’m ready for Barbie to retire and leave us in peace. Here we have another example of the way women are painfully mis-understood in today’s society. For more information I’d recommend the popular documentary MISS-representation.
As for these latest Barbie shenanigans…I’m not buying it. Enough said.
Here’s something interesting I came across the other day—Getty Images is putting together a collection of stock photos that emphasize female agency. Women are so often exploited in media—however this collection is intentionally going against the grain and hoping their media is used in the place of others, to get across an empowering message about women.
That’s refreshing. Here’s the site if you want to check it out…
Thanks to all of you who came out to support us with the ABC sale! Things went really well yesterday. It was so exciting to receive all your support and see you all. We sold a lot and had a good time too. Things went very well and I think we did a pretty good job at raising funds.
Perhaps it’s because I’m just a good Swede but I can’t help but throw out a small post about IKEA. Seriously though-want a furniture store that sustainability seriously? Then you might as well start here.
Many of seniors like me are going to be graduating this Spring and filling up empty apartments with sofas and shelves–all that good stuff. It’s hard to choose something that’s good quality and that is green…if you’re looking for both qualities and hoping to get your goods at a decent price I’d recommend IKEA. They are pretty intentional in making many of their furniture from recycled materials. Pretty interesting…worth looking at anyway. Thought I’d make mention of it sooner or later. -K
I’m reading Nelson Mandela’s Autobiography right now. It’s really so telling–and difficult. The history is recent, really. It’s hard to wrap my mind around. Injustice is always like that. Hopefully I’ll post some about what I’ve learned.