Things that have got me thinking 7

These are a round-up of some things that have got me thinking this week.

There was a really interesting article on the war against femaleness. It looked at a number of things that had been in the news- including a game for young children to play plastic surgeon to create the perfect female body. Linda Jack of the Liberal Left group wrote: “We are already witnessing the sexist divide on Twitter, women who are outraged and men who question what all the fuss is about.”. You can read the article here.

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I am also excited by a new exhibition put on by friends of mine in central London. Onani is a brand new exhibition, showcasing an exotic collection of paintings, photographs and handcrafted artefacts produced by talented artists, inspired by their visit to our Tearfund partners in East Africa. All the details are here.

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There is always lots of glee in the media about declining church numbers and attendance. So it was great to read a more good news story. The Fresh Expressions initiative seems to be bearing fruit. Very encouraging and you can read about it here.

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And yesterday I went to a thanksgiving service for a man who died suddenly and unexpectedly. His wife and three children spoke movingly, bravely and lovingly. His friends spoke of his humour, generosity and kindness. These are the things of real legacy. In the middle of our busyness and plans and endeavours I was challenged about where I am investing in the relationships that will count. What will my legacy be?

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And I have two favourite quotes this week!

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, courage is what it takes to sit down and listen. -Winston Churchill 

And from the great Picasso

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. – Pablo Picasso