May 2005 by Letha Dawson Scanzoni
- Resources for Christian Living and Learning
- Special Topic: It’s About Time
- Current Issues News items of interest to women and men who care about gender equality, compassion, and justice.
- Expanding Our Horizons Websites to aid in understanding people of various backgrounds and faiths in different areas around the globe.
Welcome to another edition of Web Explorations for Christian Feminists. We’re glad you stopped by and hope you’ll come back often. Just a reminder: Since the links in Web Explorations take you to sites outside eewc.com, please keep in mind that EEWC cannot be responsible for their content. Nor does the inclusion of a link mean that it represents the views or official position of EEWC. Rather, the links will simply direct you to sites that I think you’ll find interesting, informative, challenging, inspiring, or just worth knowing about. I hope you’ll enjoy exploring them.
This excellent site helps its viewers do exactly what its name says: explore faith. It offers an abundance of resources for devotional practice, biblical and theological information, articles, book and movie reviews, and even a nice selection of e-cards with spiritual themes.
Journaling about our prayer life
Helpful questions to strengthen our prayer life through journaling. From the “Oasis” section of the Explore Faith website.
The Geranium Farm: Down to Earth Support for Living
Daily messages and other useful material from Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, and author.
Joan Chittister on mixing politics and religion
Watch an online video of the November 12, 2004 PBS broadcast of NOW, as Bill Moyers and Benedictine sister Joan Chittister discuss religion and politics. Joan Chittister is much loved by EEWC members, having been a speaker at our 2000 conference in Chicago. She was also profiled in an EEWC Update article (Spring, 1998)
And He Shall Be Called. . .
Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister’s thoughts about the new pope’s choice of the name Benedict.
(For more thoughts related to the death of Pope John Paul II , the election of Pope Benedict XVI and the role of women in the church, read the commentary by EEWC’s own Anne Eggebroten on Women’s E-news (you may have to sign in on that site, but it’s free). Look for articles on the Women’s Ordination Conference website, too. They also have some great cartoons calling for equality for women in the church.)
The Time Bind: Thoughts on Life’s Most Important Investment
Unitarian minister Richard Gilbert ponders the ways we humans struggle over time, its meaning, and its use.
Time pressures and creativity Do time pressures help or hinder our creativity?
Business consultant Jeffrey Govendo reports on what one study has shown.
Presenters have a different concept of time than most.
If you’ve ever had a deadline to meet (and who of us hasn’t?), you might find that time seems to take on a completely different quality. That’s especially true if you have a presentation to prepare and give, as Tad Simon humorously points out.
The Time Crunch: Mending Our Lives
Patty Wipfler provides some helpful advice for overworked, time-stressed parents. (from the Parent Leadership Institute).
How Do I Know If I’m a Workaholic?
Some thoughts to help us determine whether or not we might be. (From Workaholics Anoymous)
Types of Work Addicts
One person’s personal experience that led to the conclusion that perfectionism and procrastination are also signs of workaholism.
Evaluating a To-Do List (by a member of Workaholics Anonymous)
This page may help in deciding about all the “must do” pressures that so often stress us.
Taking the Pressure Out of Deadlines
Does our perception of time change when we have a deadline?
Email pressures and distractions
A 2005 study has shown the detrimental effect the distractions of email and other communications technology may have on our concentration, our work, our time, and our lives in general (if we let it). Here are some reports and analyses based on that study and other observations.
“Infomania” worse than marijuana
From BBC News, April 22, 2005
E-mails “hurt IQ more than pot”
From CNN, April 22, 2005
Emails “pose threat to IQ”
The Guardian, April 22, 2005
Web guru fights info pollution
“Ultimately, time is a non-renewable resource. Once that day is gone, it is never coming back.,” says Jakob Nielsen who was interviewed for this article on email distractions and how to stop them from eating up both senders’ and recipients’ time. Helpful analysis. From BBC News, Oct. 13, 2003
But Is it possible to we relax about email? This author thinks so and tells how he handles it.
From “No information overload just yet,” BBC News, March 4, 2005.
The Official U.S. Time
Since we’re talking about time in general, here’s a useful site for providing accurate time to the very second, day or night, in any U.S. time zone.
Time and Date
This site will tell you what time it is at any given moment in any place in the world, city by city. The site has many other features, too. One of my favorites is the calendar-generating tool through which you can make your own custom-made calendars for any year (or combination of months in that year) with just the click of the mouse. If you need a calendar for next year or for five years or 25 years from now, just make one!
A Walk through Time
Ever wonder how time has been measured over history? You’ll find the answers here. Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology
News items of interest to women and men who care about gender equality, compassion, and justice.
India’s promotion of one-girl families
BBC News, March 9, 2005
Chinese given perks to have girls
BBC News, Aug. 12, 2004
More women than men died in tsunami and effects on remaining women
The Guardian, March 26, 2005
The last of the footbinding survivors in China
The Guardian, March 21, 2005
Woman stoned to death after accusations of adultery
BBC News, April 23, 2005
Poverty-stricken Peruvian teenage offers her virginity to pay mother’s medical bills
BBC News, April 25, 2005
Websites to aid in understanding people of various backgrounds and faiths in different areas around the globe.
Moms and Babies around the World (from BBC News, April 6, 2005)
In its efforts “to reduce the numbers of women and babies who die in childbirth,” the World Health Organization (WHO) is following six women in different parts of the world as they experience pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. The women live in Bolivia, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Laos, and UK. You can also read about them in the section on “Great Expectations” on the WHO website.
This is author Irshad Manji’s website about her writings and efforts for the liberal reformation of Islam. She was honored by Ms magazine as “a feminist for the 21st century,” and was given an Oprah Winfrey Chutzpah Award for her “audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction.”
Woman leads US Muslims to Prayer
When a Virginia Commonwealth University professor of Islamic studies led a congregation of both women and men in prayer, Muslim leaders accused her of violating the teachings of Islam. BBC News, March 18, 2005
Storm over Indian Women’s Mosque
India’s Muslim women want a place of their own to meet and pray and find their voice. BBC News, January 27, 2004
Contributions of Jewish women to music and women to Jewish Music
From the Jewish Music Web Center
Africa’s women speak out
BBC News asked four of Africa’s most prominent female personalities to talk about the role of women on their continent. (BBC News, March 26, 2005)
That’s all for this time. Enjoy your exploring.
Your Web Explorations Guide,
Letha Dawson Scanzoni
© 2005 Evangelical and Ecumenical Women’s Caucus