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  1. What stories do women want told about their lives today? What shape do their lives reflect in contemporary American culture and how are those lives mediated by contemporary politics and culture? You think a man can answer those questions about the lives of women? Something he can only experience 2nd hand and would involve hearsay? Wouldn't that be an example of mansplaing? Sometimes it's necessary to be gender specific.
  2. ☺ they were all about 10 minutes long. It's pretty regular that we squeeze in a 4th speaker or testimony. We have a small number of attendees so the sacrament doesn't take that long most weeks and our members are diffident speakers so keep their talks short!
  3. No, we have the intermediate hymn still. We had 4 speakers today! Generally, we still have 3. We did lose the final hymn today because we were late starting, waiting for our bishop to finish a meeting!
  4. Why not look into tree burials? There are places in the US where you can be buried in a wood or in a capsula mundi pod so you feed a tree or other plant. There are over 250 places in the UK which do this.
  5. Norway appears to have a partial ban and it seems that a growing number of countries are considering bans or greater controls at least, mostly it seems because of the ethics. Seems like there's a growing movement against non thereupeutic circumcision.
  6. both people and government frequently make demands on what parents must do and surely causing harm is one area where society can interfere. I presume you wouldn't suggest that a parent be allowed to abuse their child? It seems to me to a valid discussion as to whether the harm in circumcision outweighs the benefit or vice versa and whether or not it's an area where there should be interference.
  7. I am aware of it and have raised it leading up to the change and will continue to refer to it and hope that a more nuanced view takes hold or that people's sociability (and they are generally a sociable group) changes their initial response.
  8. Or compare the UK and the USA. We have similar cultures but circumcision is very low - 6 - 9 % and mainly for religious reasons. I've never heard it discussed as a possibility for a newborn boy. Rates of ill health are often the same or similar (eg obesity, cancer) so comparison of genital health may be enlightening. Interestingly, it used to be around 35% in the UK in the 1930s but fell rapidly after the war, probably because the government said it wasn't necessary and refused to do it for free.
  9. People in my ward tend to take things very literally - they are told the meeting is shorter to allow for more family time so that's what they go and do. I have heard some say they cant stop, even for essential meetings because its family time. 2 weeks ago they would have stayed and chatted or held a meeting, now they wont. It's part of why I worried about the changes and how it would affect the single adults. It may change in time.
  10. I'm not sure! Most people have generally kept to time in their talks. We usually have a young person 1st for 5 minutes and they are usually shorter than that. We then have a 10 minute talk and a 15-20 minute talk and again most have stayed within that time. We do have verbose members but I think most struggle to produce 10 minutes. Also, we had no announcements at all - we stopped making announcements in Sacrament meeting years ago and were making them in priesthood/relief society. We will now be using the Internet and the notice board! And it doesn't take all that long usually to pass the Sacrament because of the low number of attendees. In the past, we rarely ran over time and have even finished early so having 10 minutes less may not be too much of a problem!
  11. We still had three talks and an intermediate hymn in Sacrament meeting. I don't think the length of the talks was different either and we finished by 11am. We have not had more attend, we were very light on numbers last Sunday. We had hardly anyone in relief society. We don't have a ward choir and haven't for years. People also have rushed off at the end when they used to linger and chat which is disappointing.
  12. I ticked no 1, but on reflection, our meeting probably fell within no 2'a parameters! We only had a sacrament meeting, of about an hour. We sang 5 carols, primary sang a carol and we had three short talks, one on the gift of Christmas, one on finding peace at Christmas and the rest of the year and one on the birth of Jesus, delivered by yours truly! There was a mention of Joseph in Liberty Jail and I mentioned him in my testimony at the end of my talk. I do think we kept it very much Christ centred but I think most of our sacrament meetings are Christ centred.
  13. I've never heard anyone other than the current Bishop referred to as Bishop in my ward or stake (other than when they are 1st released because it's become habit and then people generally quickly correct themselves! ) I've also never heard former presidents called President either.
  14. Hamba, you are a great example! However, I share some of why me's fears. In my ward and stake I think most singles live alone and don't seem to interact with each other much. One of the things I want to do through the stake is encourage them to get together. I've asked the stake high council to consider what to do. And, in the ward, the ministering programme isn't done very well by the sisters or brothers. Even as home and visiting teachers, visits were sporadic and still are (I confess I'm part of the problem). Reasons vary, but I'm aware our singles are not well served. Not that many complain. I'm not sure what to do about it. I have suggested encouraging the singles to stay after church for a while to study together. Since I've just been called as RS secretary, maybe I'm now in a situation where I can do something! And I should fulfil my own ministering duties of course.
  15. Two weeks ahead. Gospel study is only fortnightly. And, if your stake conference falls on the "wrong" week, you'll go 5 weeks between Sunday school classes as our stake schedule is at one point. I believe my ward will get our manuals on 29th December. There has been very little discussion or training though there was finally some teacher training last week at the stake. I think it will take quite some time in my area to work, if at all tbh, (based on experience with the youth come follow me programme and our GD teachers) which is a shame because I think it could work very well. Unfortunately, I will be a student, I got released as Sunday school teacher last week! I was looking forward to teaching the new manual too!
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