Moments for Common Nourishment

Anna Blaedel

Holy Week: A lesson in patience with unbearable losses

Holy Week: A lesson in patience with unbearable losses

By Rev. M Barclay; All italicized text from Dr. Judith Butler's 2014 PEN Presentation It’s Maundy Thursday.The knowledge of death hangs heavy. We do our best to find each other, but our tables are so far apart. Tonight, Jesus will be weeping in something like an empty garden somewhere. A lonely house. A jail cell. Or an isolated hospital room praying: “let it pass, let it pass.” We do not remember the last time we felt such deep urges to be together. “Before ever losing we are lost in the other, lost without the other, but we never knew it as well as when we...

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Anna Blaedel

Small offerings for cultivating life

Small offerings for cultivating life

By Rev. Anna Blaedel Poetry, for me, is often sacred text. Site and source of connection with the Divine. I turn to poetry for grounding, and guidance; poetry helps me remember my own aliveness, helps me reconnect with our collective, shared aliveness. Audre Lorde spoke of poetry as a force for social change. Billy-Ray Belcourt writes, “If a poem could speak, it might chant: if freedom has not yet come, let us sing it home.” Poetry can nourish us for the lifetime of labor and love, singing freedom home. As a spiritual practice, today, I invite you read these words...

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Anna Blaedel

We Will Not Be Your Burden Bearers

We Will Not Be Your Burden Bearers

By Dr. Pamela Lightsey In the all too few quiet moments of my day, I am spending more and more time reflecting on what it means to be human. What does it mean to be a human being? What does it mean to be human with unique identities living on a living Earth? I know it may seem far too esoteric for some. A journey down a philosophical rabbit hole. Yet, though I have reached no perfect answer, my ruminations, the act of thinking about inexhaustible questions, more often than not leaves me with a sense of humility about my...

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Anna Blaedel

Cultivating a trust that builds worlds and births futures

Cultivating a trust that builds worlds and births futures

The season of Lent is just beginning. Forty days, plus Sundays, of reflecting on and tending to what is most precarious and precious in the world, in our collective life. Forty days, plus Sundays, of leaning into the holy and unfolding story of being alive together, when death is a reality, and deadliness infects every register of life: socially, politically, ecologically. “…when two violins are placed in a room if a chord on one violin is struck the other violin will sound the note. if this is your definition of hope this is for you…” This year, what if we...

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