29 April 2010

The Yes! Digest -- April 29th, 2010

This is: Poem in Your Pocket Day. Celebrate the end of National Poetry Month by carrying some verse and sharing it with your friends. (I suggest this one, or this.)

Spirit food: "Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary." -- Kahlil Gibran

Brain food: Improve your sense of direction---and admire other people's artwork and ingenuity---with this collection of hand drawn maps. (via Slate)

Young adults today...: have a lot in common with our great-great-grandparents, who took a "longer path to adulthood" and lived with their families well into their 20s. Unlike our great-great-grandparents, however, we allow our parents to spend a full 10% of their income helping to support us and "don't contribute to the household." (via Live Science)
UU news: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Greeley, Colorado will be hosting a “solidarity in opposition” gathering on Sunday, May 2nd to protest Arizona's new immigration policy. (via The Greeley Tribune)

UU voices: At A Sundial's Saga, Modern Girl writes about the Faiths Acts Fellows---young adults who work in the U.K., U.S., and Canada to organize multifaith community networks---and their Multifaith Week of Action. To find out more about it and about what's happening in Ottawa where Modern Girl lives, go check out her post!

A joy: The great Ze Frank has finally composed one of his "Songs You Already Know" for those of us who need to be reminded that it's all gonna be okay. Listen to "The Chillout Song." (via BuzzFeed)

Churchy things:
  • In his book God Is Not One (and in this interview with NPR's Tom Ashbrook), religion scholar and Boston University professor Stephen Prothero argues against the popular idea that all religions are essentially the same. (On Twitter, Prothero attempts to explain each of the world's religions in 140 characters or less and does so with elegance: Judaism140: 1 God, 1 chosen people. Do the Law (all 613), tell the story (Egypt to Zion, exile to return), repair the world. 2010 in 97500!)

  • Prothero also has a piece in this morning's USA Today in which he explores why young adults resist religious affiliation.
Unchurchy things: Architect Gary Chang used a sliding wall system to pack 24 rooms into his tiny (330 square foot) Hong Kong apartment. (via Joe. My. God.)

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