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Anna Blaedel

Hope for the Hopeless

Hope for the Hopeless

 By Rev. Anna Blaedel The college students I have the pleasure of working with spend a lot of time grappling with hope. They yearn for it, long for it, savor it, sense a deep and urgent need for it. Many of our campus ministry conversations circle back to our relationship with hope:Is it possible to be hopeful in a world marked so persistently with pain, injustice, oppression, and loss?Even if it’s possible, is it faithful, ethical?Should we give up on hope, entirely?Should we hope for hope even more passionately?These students are wise, and they know how often ‘hope’ masquerades as...

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Anna Blaedel

Five truths to hold in your bones

Five truths to hold in your bones

Draw connections between different systems of oppression. Pay attention to intersections. White people, fight like hell against white supremacy and systemic racism and racialized violence as though y/our own lives depend upon it. Citizens, fight like hell against deportations and anti-immigrant fear as though y/our own lives depend upon it. Cisgender folk, fight like hell against transphobia as though y/our own lives depend upon it. 

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Anna Blaedel

Breaking Funhouse Mirrors: A 2018 Reflection

Breaking Funhouse Mirrors: A 2018 Reflection

Going forward, I must be aware of the prayers my elders prayed over me long before I ever christened the earth with an inaugural cry.

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Anna Blaedel

Imagining Liberation

Imagining Liberation

By Rev. Anna Blaedel Sink into these words of poetry, dear ones, from Rupi Kaur: the universe took its time on youcrafted you to offer the worldsomething different from everyone elsewhen you doubthow you were createdyou doubt an energy greater than us both -irreplaceable As we transition from 2017 toward 2018, I’ve found myself captivated by a single word: imagination. Imagine: you are irreplaceable. Imagine: you are crafted to offer the world something different from everyone else. Imagine: you are an irreplaceable part of this  interconnected, interdependent web of precarious, precious life. (Which of course means, so too is each...

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