Moments for Common Nourishment

Anna Blaedel

Listen to you

Listen to you

By Rev. M Barclay In this culture of quick,of react,of move-on,of don't-linger,carving out time and space to listen to our own bodies, our own hearts, our own guts is urgent work.To let ourselves speak, not just from the places that are always "on," or the parts that know the scripts, but from the depths, the quiet places - where it's only whispers and longings...where, after all these years of criticism or neglect, wisdom has grown shy...an invitation can go a long way."Do you know what nourishment you need," my love asked.I was extended an invitation that I will soon extend to...

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Anna Blaedel

Nothing is guaranteed; so much is possible.

Nothing is guaranteed; so much is possible.

This opening is risky. It entails “staying awhile” with loss, and pain. Fear, and hope. Our capacity for creation, and destruction. Our incredible power, and our powerlessness. Falling and going slowly and bowing often and shining. Knowing what roots and grounds us, and tending these nourishing practices and connections. Dancing. Offering up the alchemy of our gifts, coupled with deep gratitude for what becomes possible when we open our hands and hearts and lives to each other. Nothing is guaranteed; so much is possible.

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Anna Blaedel

Queer encounters of enfleshing theology

Queer encounters of enfleshing theology

By Michael Sepidoza Campos and Anna Krizelle Aguilan Tadiosa During the Summer of 2019, I taught Queer Theology at Union Theological Seminary, Philippines—the first course of its kind in the oldest Protestant seminary in the country. It took but a moment to discover that queer discourse is deeply enfleshed into the consciousness and practice of the seminary program. The institution’s commitment to justice situated gender, class, politics, LGBTQIA+, and feminist discourse at the heart of theological education. This piece embodies the heart of our conversations. Alongside Filipino, Sri Lankan, and Burmese graduate students, we straddled languages, accents, multiple Englishes, affection, prayers,...

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Anna Blaedel

Turning toward what we love

Turning toward what we love

By Rev. Anna Blaedel In the 1987 film Le Moine et la Sorciére, a Dominican friar enters a village in search of heretics. He meets a woman—midwife/herbalist/healer—who cares for the bodies of the villagers. Intrigued and suspicious, he seeks her out. She asks him to teach her to read, maybe even to write. What, he wonders, could she possibly want to write about?  “Plants and rocks,” she proclaims.  “I’d tell how the flowers turn toward the sun which they love.” “One writes about God’s truths, not about plants,” the friar insists, missing the holy connection, entirely. Systems of domination, and...

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