Hillsong Church “shines” in public schools

Posted: July 30, 2008 in Denominational Fun, IJS, On Your Wall, Snap, Crackle and POP Culture
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Hillsong Church is in the news.

You know, “Here I am to Worship” and “Shout to the Lord”? Yeah, that Hillsong Church. However, this story is not about some new CD Darlene Zschech has released.

This one is about the church as a whole, and according to this interesting story from the Sydney Morning Herald, they are creating the – wait for it all Mary Kay sales representatives – “Beauty Gospel”.

The program is called “Shine” and it’s described as “practical, life-equipping, values-based course” that evidently has spawned many little impressionable girlser, young women whose lives have been improved by learning about “being a good friend” and “learning about myself”.

What began in its Bible classes has now been implemented in at least 20 public schools throughout Australia.

But serious concerns have been raised by teachers, adolescent developmental experts and parents groups. They say the program is inappropriate for troubled young women, that the under-qualified facilitators are reinforcing gender stereotypes. and that some parents have not been properly informed.

So by teaching girls how to put on make up, have awesome manicures and dress five years past their age is good for self-esteem? Not in my house, mate. At least not for me personally. If my lil’ Wall Watcher decided she wanted to “get her shine on” by learning how to woman up before she’s you know… 40… I would pass out. But call me old fashioned.

The catch with this program (and don’t you know this would be torched in the states) is the schools PAY HILLSONG TO TEACH IT. Take that, America. That’ll get the Bible back in schools… or will it?!

“Over the last two or three years teachers have been coming to us with concerns about Shine,” said the president of the Hills Teachers Association, Sui-Linn White. “It is the gender stereotypes that they are imposing. The focus on skin care, nail care, hair care – it objectifies women … These are things women fought against for centuries – they’ve got no place in a public school.”

Great. Out of all the teachers in Australia, the SMH finds the one that embraces the “I just got out of bed” look along with the olfactory teasing “Toothpaste is for girlie girls” scent. Nice! It seems Hillsong Church is content on teaching these tips to girls in hopes of boosting morale, age requirements and a hypersensitive legion of parents. And maybe also creating a small sect of Stepford Kids.

Man, kinda gives an entirely new definition to the great worship song, “People Just Like Us”. Hmmm.

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