Moments for Common Nourishment

Anna Blaedel

In this world of wonder and wounds

In this world of wonder and wounds

By Rev. Anna Blaedel Hafiz sings, “A poet is someone who can pour light into a cup, then raise it to nourish your beautiful parched holy mouth.” Mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead imagined God as the Poet of the World, always and everywhere and with every one manifesting a “tender care that nothing be lost.” (He also recognized loss as everywhere, always.) I confess: I do not know how to live in this world where both love and loss, holiness and haunting, parched holy mouths and nourishment are so devastatingly and delightfully abundant. I do know that I turn...

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Anna Blaedel

The Poor People’s Campaign: “Staying Awake During a Revolution”

The Poor People’s Campaign: “Staying Awake During a Revolution”

by Talera Jensen Started by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 and continued by Rev. William Barber today, The Poor People’s Campaign is a nonviolent activist struggle for economic justice, racial equality, and the fight against the other ills of American militarism. What makes the Campaign unique in its approach to activism are its core concepts of moral fusion—the cooperation of all systems of faith towards the light of truth and justice—and uplifting the leadership of poor people. The Campaign has been shaped by the leadership of King and Barber, both theologians who see the true meaning of faith as...

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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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