Moments for Common Nourishment

Anna Blaedel

When so much is being destroyed

When so much is being destroyed

When despair and grief rage in me, and inflict their heavy, threatening violence, I (re)turn to these words of poetryprayer by Adrienne Rich. my heart is moved by all I cannot save: so much has been destroyed I have to cast my lot with those who age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power reconstitute the world. So much has been, is being destroyed. Lives and possibilities and rights and relationships and communities, lost to callous greed, heartless violence, and dehumanizing fear-mongering. (As I write these words, the news headlines are screaming: “Supreme Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban, President claims vindication,” “The Billion-Dollar Business of Operating...

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Anna Blaedel

How to survive

How to survive

By Rev. Anna Blaedel Hear these words from Wendell Berry:  “When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the woodrake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a...

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Anna Blaedel

The Sacred Wound

The Sacred Wound

By Luke Higgins “Wherever there is a ruin, there is hope for treasure—why do you not seek the treasure of God in the wasted heart?” – Rumi Our culture tends to provide ample opportunities for reflecting on those gifts and talents that distinguish us from other people. Less available are opportunities to reflect on those particular wounds and special vulnerabilities, often with us from an early age, that shape so many of the basic contours of our being. If we do attend to the latter, they are often viewed as obstacles in our path – handicaps we are to mitigate...

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Anna Blaedel

Countering bodily rejection for healing

Countering bodily rejection for healing

By Elyse Ambrose While my entry into Christian religion supported the foundations of a transformative faith journey with God, it also marked the inception of an antagonistic relationship toward my body(1) and sexuality that has taken years to begin undoing.  As a black queer woman, who once understood myself to be “delivered from homosexual desire,” I have struggled to be reconciled to my body because in Christianity, I learned to reject desire, pleasure, my sexuality, my body. While a like message was received through my experience of black southern culture, the codification of this rejection through scripture made it all...

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