Moments for Common Nourishment

Anna Blaedel

When God is really here

When God is really here

by Rev. M Barclay Do you remember the first time you met your kid, your younger sibling, your godkid, your niece or nephew, your grandkid, or the newborn kiddo of a close friend? The preparation is long and rarely do they come as a surprise but still, somehow, that first glimpse of the anticipated new life, in its strange, vulnerable, powerful infant stage, can take a breath away:"You're really here."Big eyes.Wiggly toes.Plump belly. Chubby cheeks.That slow blinking while still waking up to the world. (It's a lot to take in!)The most ordinary of miracles, this tiny, new, entirely dependent creature.Over 353,000 new...

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Anna Blaedel

What if our dreams are not dead?

What if our dreams are not dead?

By Rev. Anna Blaedel Testimonyby Rebecca Baggettfor my daughtersI want to tell youthat the world is still beautiful.I tell you that despitechildren raped on city streets,shot down in school rooms,despite the slow poisons seepingfrom old and hidden sinsinto our air, soil, water,despite the thinning filmthat encloses our aching world.Despite my own terror and despair.I want you to look again and again,to recognize the tender grasses,curled like a baby’s fine hairsaround your fingers, as a recurringmiracle, to see that the river rocksshine like God, that the crispvoices of the orange and goldOctober leaves are laughing at death.I want you to look...

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Anna Blaedel

"Beloved One, Come!" An Erotic Song of Devotion

"Beloved One, Come!" An Erotic Song of Devotion

By Francisco Herrera In the church, many people will say that sex isn’t bad, or even that sex is a part of life, but rarely do you hear that sex is good or that sex is holy – let alone sing that sex is good and holy in any Christian setting.This song (one of a series) is an attempt to correct that. Pulling from some of the most sensual stories in the Bible, “Beloved One, Come!” seeks to do three things:The first is simple, to be a lovely tune with a lovely text that you both love to listen to and...

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Anna Blaedel

What we need is courage

What we need is courage

By Rev. Anna Blaedel Dear ones, For so many of us, the onslaught of violence and loss unleashed and unloosed is feeling unbearable. Violence against Black people, and trans people, and immigrants, and women, and queers, and the earth. Truly catastrophic losses and existential threats. Voter suppression and for-profit privatization of public resources and common goods. So much is at stake. So much is being lost. For many of us, there is a new sense of urgency, an unprecedented grappling with pain and violence and fear, a startling and growing recognition that things are not ok, and might not turn...

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