On Our Minds: Week 4

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, Fearless Women’s Education Activist in the Middle East

The year is certainly in full swing. I see fewer people lounging in the Yard, lower temperatures in the mornings, and Lamont Library filling up with laptops, people, and coffee cups. Fall has officially arrived– and I know that because of the zealous (non-Harvard) individuals who celebrate it with lighting up the banks of the Charles for 3 hours on the first day of the season, singing what seems to be an odd medley of “Down By the Riverside” and bad opera. As far as I know, they also dance around a maypole in the spring.

This week has also been eventful around the world, which can sometimes leave our spirits downtrodden. As the globe spins and we go about our business, we remind ourselves of the God who is redeeming us, that we might partner with Him in redeeming the world.

Some of the links this week concern people who are changing the world. How do you plan on changing the world?

1. On Friday, Harvard will be honoring Malala Yousafzai with the annual Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. Malala began blogging for girls’ education in the Middle East as a teenager, and did not stop even after taking a bullet from the Taliban.

2. Rick Warren’s racially offensive (ignorant) post receives a gracious and compelling response from a Chinese-American immigrant pastor.

3. An interview with 2  women of God who have followed Jesus in International Justice Mission and InterVarsity multiethnic ministry.

4. Is the new Pope changing the face of Popedom?

5. The Dead Sea Scrolls are on exhibit in the Museum of Science! Check it out if you’re in town before October 20th.

6. Wondering if a hug you gave someone was awkward? This buzzfeed manual might help.

7. I tried these sugar plum and cinnamon pancakes this week. They’re amazing.

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