Thursday, March 13, 2008

Some Links

If you're the creative type (and you probably are if you've found our blog), below you'll find some links to artsy sites you should know about. (The blogs from the Arts Pastor and the one that follows I heard about from Erin.)

The Christian Pulse

Diary of an Arts Pastor

Stuff White People Like (just for laughs)

Newsletters from Speaking of Faith

Image Journal


San said...

Heather sent me this in response (posted with permission):

Have you considered the racial implications of your posting in over-generalizing a group of people? For example, the Irish are known as the "white minority" and even were enslaved (legally) and brought on ships to America for a period of 20 years. Having lived in Africa for 7 years among a nation of people with 42 distinct tribes - yet all being black in color - I have learned to identify and respect different qualities and distinctions among white ethnic lines as well. The 42 tribes in Africa I have lived among are as distinct in some ways as an American Indian from a German, and yet they are all black.

White people, as well, have different histories, ancestral lines and cultures. Please don't group us all together. It is hard enough to live cross-culturally in America as a white person without an added stereotype such as this one.

In light of witnessing 600,000 people displaced, thousands killed (even a friend and pastor) in the last two months in what was once perceived as a peaceful nation (Kenya) ALL over tribal and racial divisions (even though they are all black) and seeing a nation erupt into civil war and anarchy . . . and in light of our own histories throughout time which reveal that we (white people) were no different . . . generalizations on skin color seem a bit cheap, naive and insensitive. I guess to the average American, it is funny. But that is because we do not teach "history" in our public schools. We teach white-empowerment and prolong the deceptions of the true history of our nation and this world.

San said...

Interestingly enough Heather and I had the opposite perceptions. I can see her point, and I would never want to promote racism! Instead, I saw it as a way for folks to realize how often we consider one sub-culture to be THE culture. And it's not the one way or even the main way to think.