Upcoming Women’s Conference at Berean

The Berean Church here in Lincoln is hosting their Women’s Spring Conference on Saturday April 4, 2009. All are welcome! Registration by April 1 is strongly encouraged.

How To Struggle Well

Find freedom from these snags that can hinder successful living:

  • Guilt
  • Perfectionism
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Poor Boundaries
  • Making Comparisons
  • Fear of Change
  • Uncontrolled Emotions

Begin to struggle well by taking away practical tools and biblical insights for successful living. Door prizes will be given away throughout the day. Bring a friend!

Saturday April 4, 2009
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Lincoln Berean Upper Room, 70th & Hwy 2 (enter through the North Entry)
Cost: $12 per person, includes lunch

Register at www.LincolnBerean.org/webview or call 483-6512

Childcare is not provided.

Tri-Delts: Friends Don’t Let Friends Fat Talk

Congrats to Delta Delta Delta Sorority for creating this powerful video and being a part of the movement to help women in the United States address negative body image.

  • 10 million women are suffering from eating disorders – more than four times the number suffering from breast cancer.
  • And 81% of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat.

Stop the madness! Get involved and be on the lookout for Fat Talk Free Week next October, 2009.

New websites (at least new to me!)

Secret: I have a connection for great websites! My (very cool) Aunt surfs around out there and gives me regular updates on sites that are speaking up with real, true, meaningful messages. Here are some of her latest finds:

Real Beauty Is… bold, courageous, perfectly imperfect

~Love the link to http://www.feelyourboobies.com (it’s a breast cancer awareness site!)

Love Your Body from the NOW Foundation

~Be sure to check out the links to examples of negative advertising and positive advertising

Neue Ministry from the makers of Relevant

~Lots of free downloads for individuals, small groups, and worship

In the press: “Not-quite-so-thin is in for models at Fashion Week”

According to this report from the AP, models at New York’s Fashion Week were “up to” sizes 2 and 4 instead of the usual size 0…this is somehow considered an improvement.

Did you know that in 2006 at least two models died from complications linked to eating disorders?

Lunch with Travis of the True Campaign

I got to sit down to lunch today with Travis Stewart of the True Campaign. What an incredible privilege! I am such a fan of what they are doing with their young organization, and it was just awesome to listen to Travis talk about some of the True Campaign’s goals and plans. I hope to be able to work with them to further their cause and be a part of the changes they are making in how women in America view beauty, culture, and identity.

Are you interested in what the True Campaign has to say? Do you think there are people in your community who would attend a True Campaign conference or presentation? Do you want to be a part of the True Campaign movement? Take a look at their True Pact below and go to the True Campaign website to sign up!

True Campaign Event in Omaha

Travis Stewart, co-founder of the True Campaign, will be in Omaha on Wednesday 9/10/08 to speak at Grace Reformed Church. Check out the flyer below for details and spread the word to your friends, your family, your church, your school, your office, and your gym!

This is an event for anyone and everyone who wants to learn more about the serious problems of eating disorders and negative self-image affecting American women and how to address these issues from a Christian perspective.

Beautiful Women Project: Part 2

Apparently there are two awesome projects out there that call themselves “The Beautiful Women Project”!!

The Beautiful Women Project going on right here in the United States is a photo documentary project “challenging the traditional definition of beauty” in our culture. The artist, Nancy Bruno, is an accomplished photo-documentarian who uses her latest project to focus on the lives of 35 women and their unique experiences. Bruno has even developed this project into a book — check out the project’s gallery of photos for some truly beautiful and inspirational work.

And if that wasn’t enough, also check out Bruno’s work at The Genuine Men Project.

The Beautiful Women Project

Wow! Thanks to reader Nancy Bruno for bringing my attention to an amazing project going on with our sisters in Ontario, Canada!

In the group’s own words, the Beautiful Women Project “is a teaching and healing tool for women and girls, men and boys. The foundation of the project is a touring art exhibition of 120 clay torsos of real women, aged nineteen to ninety-one. The mission of this not-for-profit project is to raise awareness about the link between self-worth, self-identity and physical appearance.”

A portion of their website shows women who have survived breast cancer and made clay casts of their “reshaped” bodies — what an amazing expression of the strength and resilience of these survivors!

You can support the Beautiful Women Project by sponsoring an exhibition in a local art gallery or exhibition space, or partnering with local organization to bring the project to your community. What an excellent idea.

New blogs (at least new to me)

I received 2 great blog recommendations recently:

Create Radiance — “Empowering people to create radiant lives from the inside out” — lots of great thoughts related to positive body image and learning (or re-learning) to love yourself for the beautiful creature you are.

Eating Disorders Blogs — “Supporting recovery from bulimia, anorexia, and related issues” — a kind of “meta-blog” with links to blogs related to ED and ED-related issues. Also has newsletters, free articles, and a therapist directory.

Check them out!

New Survey: 3 Out of 4 American Women Have Disordered Eating

On April 22, 2008 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill issued the following news release:

Three Out of Four American Women Have Disordered Eating

Sixty-five percent of American women between the ages of 25 and 45 report having disordered eating behaviors, according to the results of a new survey by SELF Magazine in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

An additional 10 percent of women report symptoms consistent with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, meaning that a total of 75 percent of all American women endorse some unhealthy thoughts, feelings or behaviors related to food or their bodies.

Check out the True Campaign and how they are working to set women free from this cultural epidemic that leads to chronic dieting, severe depression and self-hatred.