Moments for Common Nourishment

Anna Blaedel

Be Your Own Valentine

Be Your Own Valentine

By Julie Gillis February always brings with it, at least for me growing up in the U.S, Valentine's Day. Considered by many these days to be a Hallmark Holiday, the shops and media are stocked with hearts and red flowers, pink-tinged mugs and gifts, and plenty of candy designed to share the gift of love. Love is a little word, only four letters, but it means big things and things in multiples. We generally have one or two definitions for it these days. Romance, marriage, strong emotional feelings of bonding which often include romance or erotic feelings. Or we make...

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Anna Blaedel

Intentional attention: a practice for growing joy

Intentional attention: a practice for growing joy

By Rev. Anna Blaedel “How do we describe the sweetness that reclines in the hunger for survival?” --Alexander WeheliyeDear ones, I was so (beyond) ready to welcome the turning of a new year. The last months of 2019 were full of heaviness and hard, weighing down a year that was already filled with heaviness and hard. So much loss. So much fear. Felt intimately in my flesh and my bones, and stretching toward the national, and structural, and global scales. So much is not right in the world. So much is broken and breaking. So much violence--against the most vulnerable,...

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Anna Blaedel

On raising the stewards of this world

On raising the stewards of this world

By Rev. Katrina Shawgo “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” -Frederick Douglas We live in troubling times. Many days the future seems bleak and uncertain. As a mother, I wonder what will be left of the world into which I birthed my son. As a white mother, I worry that secret, unspoken worry…what kind of white man will he be? With white men at the center of white violence against people of color, against women, against innocent children in schools, the weight of the responsibility of raising him is always heavy on my mind.  Raising...

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Anna Blaedel

A practice for paying attention to longing

A practice for paying attention to longing

By Rev. Anna Blaedel Here we are, dear ones. Here, in the days stretching between old year, and new. Here, in the first days of Christmas, remember the insistent promise of what’s possible when Love is enfleshed. Here, in the celebrations of Kwanza, and Chanukah, and solstice, as we celebrate the delights of darkness, and of lights, and of finding our way together, in and through it all. Here, in days and hearts that may feel too full, or too empty. Here, in a world aching with wonder, and need, and longing. As the season shifts, and the year turns, I...

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