Many of the stationery groups I belong to end up with a great deal of religiously based Sunday Study posts. Most of the time these posts are less evangelising and more about the stationery used in the study. I realized that I’d spent the last 3 years of my life engaging in secular study every day of the week. Now that I’ve graduated I’m missing that aspect of school, I know that is a tad bit nerdy but, frankly I enjoy studying. I began to institute a Sunday Study of my own which I named “Secular Sunday Study.”(SSS)
Each week I pick a book off my shelf, one I’ve read before, and chose a passage to deeply read, chew on, and write about in my journal. I typically pick one paragraph or page to really wrap my mind around. If you think this resembles something out of the church, you’d be right. Many churches/pastors chose a section of the bible and a few passages of the week for the congregation to study. Often this forms the basis for the following week’s service. In my case, I’m using these passages to explore myself, without the direction of a minister or pastor.
Thus far I’ve engaged with the following texts: “Poetry is not a Luxury” Audre Lorde, “How to be an Explorer of the World,” Kerri Smith, and “The Portable Atheist,” Christopher HItchens, and “Everyday Matters” by Danny Gregory. This week I’m engaging in “Privilege, Power and Difference,” by Alan Johnson. I realized in each of these texts that I’m exploring the same overarching topic- a way of looking at the world that is slooowed way down. The Lorde, Smith, and Gregory texts are all about being creative even when the world doesn’t want you to be. They are all about looking at the world, slowly and creatively, and changing your perspective on life. The Lorde, Johnson, and Hitchens texts are academic while the Smith and Gregory books are in the realm of self help.
This quote is from "poetry is not a luxury, " by Audrey lorde. It is a call for women to be creative and not to allow judgement to stop the creative flow. I dare say that one of the most important things my mom ever sid with me as a child was engage increative artistic tasks, from crafts to art to reading and writing, watching her be creative fueled my creativity. #secularsundaystudy #sundaystudy
Today's #secularsundaystudy is the wonderful Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory. It is a short sweet book about grief and how one man used art to work his way through trauma and eventual loss of his wife. It is both heart warming and heartbreaking but also a handbook on coping using art. I highly recomend it to anyone who would like to begin a visual journal and is looking for a wonderful approachable style as inspiration. #sundaystudy
Today's #sundaystudy is Privilege, Power, and Difference by Alan Johnson. If this book doesn't fill you full of rage and a little self loathing you aren't doing "the work." It is an excellent review after these past few weeks also should be required reading for every person doing ANY sort of work with people, no matter their race, class, gender, or background. #secularsundaystudy
Anyway, I hope to ease back into this blog thing with some monthly posts about SSS. Feel free to join in by posting a pic of a book you’ve enjoyed and are reviewing on a sunday with the hashtag #SecularSundayStudy or #sundayStudy. If you follow any of the linked pictures over to instagram you can follow the project there by following me. You will also get images about my garden, Pokemon Go, and stationery images.
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