Moments for Common Nourishment

Anna Blaedel

The ordinary tasks of tending that nourish

The ordinary tasks of tending that nourish

By Rev. Kayla Bonewell As a pastor I am “religious” about rest and renewal; if I do not make space for refreshment and replenishment each and every week, then I have no patience or compassion to extend to my congregation or community. Because my wife and I do not have children, I am able to take Tuesdays and Wednesdays off for my sabbath.  (Other pastors prefer Fridays, Saturdays, or Mondays which work better with their children’s school schedule).  You know those “attach and detach” keychains?  On one end of my keychain is my house and car key; on the other...

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Anna Blaedel

The shared and sacred labor of liberation

The shared and sacred labor of liberation

By Rev. Anna Blaedel Dear ones.Dear, dear ones.Dear, beloved ones.I returned home late last night from The United Methodist General Conferencein St. Louis where church sanctions on LGBTQ people were tightened. Mercy, mercy, mercy.Dear ones, truth being revealed can be excruciatingly painful. Truths of deep and complicated legacies of violence, domination, and supremacy. Truths that link the legacies and raging forces of white supremacy, colonialism, genocide, and anti-queer and anti-trans violence. Truths of our own complicities and complacencies in these deadly systems. Truths of harm and violence that are not new nor news to those who have long suffered from the forces...

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Anna Blaedel

Revolutionary Love is Collective

Revolutionary Love is Collective

How often do we get to hear what love means to those who choose to dedicate their lives to serving the people and extending radical love to their communities?

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Anna Blaedel

In the deep, Divinity dwells

In the deep, Divinity dwells

By Rev. Anna Blaedel Sometimes, during sleepless nights or the stretches of time the medieval mystics came to call “dark nights of the soul,” I find myself turning to the Psalms. This scriptural collection of poemprayers reflects the full breadth of human emotion, fully alive—ecstatic songs of gratitude and praise, mournful cries of desolation and despair, abiding anticipation and sense of Divine presence, abiding fear and sense of Divine absence. Creation and destruction, both. Sorrow and gladness, both. Pain and healing, both. I find it helpful, sustaining, life giving—when I am scared, or searching, or weary from worrying—to invite poetry to...

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