Moments for Common Nourishment

Anna Blaedel

Putting the flesh back on love

Putting the flesh back on love

The work of love cannot be lived abstractly. It is bodily, enfleshed, incarnate.

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Anna Blaedel

Pride, pain, and deep wells of healing power

Pride, pain, and deep wells of healing power

By Rev. Anna Blaedel This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, when trans women of color fought back against the devastatingly routine brutality of police raids, harassment, deportations, and imprisonments, igniting current movements for trans justice and queer liberation. Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, and other known and unknown queer and trans ancestors responded to the urgent needs and longings of the moment, and insisted another world was possible. Fighters. Lovers. Dreamers. Courageous queers unwilling to play nice with the violence inflicted on their souls, and the souls of their kin. Movement builders. Healers....

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Anna Blaedel

It's all already here

It's all already here

By Rev. M Barclay “The kin-dom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’  For, in fact, the kin-dom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21)Pause for a moment and look at your hands. Hold them open and remember all that they hold.Turn them over, and consider all the ways they can bless. They are always brimming with sacred potential.The kin-dom of God is within you.Let your body be at rest. Feel your chest rise and fall with your breath. Remember your body is inhaling the exhales of y/our ancestors.The life-breath...

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Anna Blaedel

People too will wilt

People too will wilt

By Rev. Anna Blaedel My recipe of life, emerging from the wilting and falling and rooting and rising and blooming happening in and around me:Know your people. Nurture the bonds of kinship that hold you, and hold you accountable. To whom are you accountable? With whom are you committed to showing up, when there is need, or pain, or vision, or dream? Tend to the relationships that nurture your soul, and help you feel alive. For me: queer kin, poets and freedom fighters, ecclesia grounded in collective liberation and intersectional justice, people who are tender and practice vulnerability, and give...

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