Moments for Common Nourishment

Anna Blaedel

One Leaf

One Leaf

By Cassidy Hall Here we are, beloveds. We’re making it through the final month of 2020. The year of  chaos and discourse that left us wounded, grieving, lost, amiss. The year when time went too fast and too slow all at once. The year of deeper collective awakening to the injustices around and within us.   But, we made it.   We’re making it.   Together.   While on a walk around the park today, I stopped to pause and gaze at a leaf. One leaf. A singular friend hanging on, despite the arrival of winter, despite the pain  of 2020, despite it all. This leaf reminded...

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Anna Blaedel

Ruptures and openings, loss and possibilities

Ruptures and openings, loss and possibilities

By Rev. Anna Blaedel This week I began my 40th trip around the sun. For years now I have celebrated my birthday in whatever random city is hosting the annual American Academy of Religion meeting, celebrating again with family when we gather for Thanksgiving (The genocidal untruth of which opens instead to Truthsgiving). I have come to savor this rhythm, and the opportunity to celebrate my birthday with so many beloveds scattered far and wide. This year, of course, like so much, was different. AAR was cancelled, as it needed to be. My family is not gathering, the only wise and responsible...

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Anna Blaedel

When the people, Wind the people... We the People, Win the people!

When the people, Wind the people... We the People, Win the people!

By Rev. DaSaint we the people,when the peoplewe the people,wind the peoplewe the people,win the peoplewe the people,when living in the wildwe wonderwe wanderwe worrywe are wearyand we get weakyet we are wiseto glean on the wisdom of those whoonce were wanderers in the wildThose who so often wondered of possibilities thatcould not be seen yet dreamtcould not be felt yet believedcould not be heard yet hoped forIs this what we hoped for?we the people,wind the people into resistancewind the people to be resilientwind the people to restthis wind has ushered us to pay attention to our passionand recalibrate our...

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Anna Blaedel

What grounds and guides the work ahead

What grounds and guides the work ahead

By Rev. Anna Blaedel How are we nourishing ourselves and each other?What nourishment do we need, in our bodies?What nourishment do we long for, in our spirits?What wisdom and joy and anger and imagination will nourish our collective labor of liberation, in the days and weeks and months to come?These questions circulate daily through my heartmindbeing, and my work. I hear others asking these questions, and variations on them, too.I recently had the chance to share in a spiritual practice, aimed toward nourishment, with some of the members of the enfleshed Board of Directors. You will be invited to read...

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