Moments for Common Nourishment

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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Anna Blaedel

Awake in the Dark

Awake in the Dark

For the last couple of weeks, more nights than not, I have found myself awakened from sleep at 3am. I am one of those lucky humans who typically sleeps well, and soundly, through the night. But I find that during times of intense discernment and transition, times when life is particularly full of uncertainty and unknowing, these dark and quiet hours tend to offer themselves to me. (Even when I’d quite rather sleep them away.)  I generally respond, first, by trying to refuse this offer, tossing and turning and trying to go back to sleep. But sometimes I’m able to...

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Anna Blaedel

The call to witness and with-ness

The call to witness and with-ness

We remain with the Divine, enfleshing tender openness to what is slipping away and what is emerging. We bear witness to a Power that opens possibilities we can barely begin to imagine.

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