Moments for Common Nourishment

Anna Blaedel

Life in seeds and soils

Life in seeds and soils

By Rev. Anna Blaedel Almost every morning, in this particular season of life, I start the day by walking outside, and checking on the garden. It’s a very small garden, in the one small corner of space where there’s sufficient sun, yet still it is brimming with life. I make a little loop. I run my fingers along the frilled edges of kale, the soft shine of chard. Good morning, parsley. Good morning, broccoli. So glad to see you, blossoms of jalapeños and habañeros and carolina reapers, to come. The lettuce is tired, resting, turned bitter by the heat. The...

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M Barclay

Unraveling, unlearning, unwriting the stories that bind

Unraveling, unlearning, unwriting the stories that bind

By Rev. M Barclay every poem. here.is an unwrite. of all that has been written in me without. permission.- nayyirah waheed We may not all write poetry, but we certainly all have things to unwrite within us in one way or another. Stories for which no permission was granted before they were written into our lives and flesh and becoming. Because we were children. Or in the pews. Because of the curriculum. Because we were different. Or simply because the texts have been passed down for ages.We are shaped by the pen of others. Of the collective. Of family. Of faith...

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Anna Blaedel

Becoming trusty and true

Becoming trusty and true

This last Juneteenth, a holy-day commemorating Black freedom, survival, and emancipation from enslavement, my prayer time found focus on the practice of freedom. I spent time reflecting on who has taught me, and how, and what, about freedom, and liberation. Part of practicing freedom is tracing and paying tribute to the lineages and legacies of freedom fighters and liberation laborers: Black feminists pouring forth wisdom about truth telling and collective care and healing justice and interlocking oppressions and radical love and sustaining joy; queer and trans-cestors resisting police brutality and the criminalization of our lives and loves by fighting fiercely...

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Anna Blaedel

The calling of these queerish times

The calling of these queerish times

By Rev. Lois McCullen Parr I shaved my head this week. As I turned my calendar over to June and the colors of “Pride” filled my wall, a handful of grey hair filled my hand. Many years ago, an anti-racism seminar led me to quit dying my hair and let its natural grey show. That seminar sent me to my knees and split open my heart. When I emerged, I came out as queer and experienced the liberation of living authentically. The ground shifted under me; it has never stopped. When I was a teenager, I used to play Melissa...

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