Moments for Common Nourishment

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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Anna Blaedel

Be Your Own Valentine

Be Your Own Valentine

By Julie Gillis February always brings with it, at least for me growing up in the U.S, Valentine's Day. Considered by many these days to be a Hallmark Holiday, the shops and media are stocked with hearts and red flowers, pink-tinged mugs and gifts, and plenty of candy designed to share the gift of love. Love is a little word, only four letters, but it means big things and things in multiples. We generally have one or two definitions for it these days. Romance, marriage, strong emotional feelings of bonding which often include romance or erotic feelings. Or we make...

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Anna Blaedel

Intentional attention: a practice for growing joy

Intentional attention: a practice for growing joy

By Rev. Anna Blaedel “How do we describe the sweetness that reclines in the hunger for survival?” --Alexander WeheliyeDear ones, I was so (beyond) ready to welcome the turning of a new year. The last months of 2019 were full of heaviness and hard, weighing down a year that was already filled with heaviness and hard. So much loss. So much fear. Felt intimately in my flesh and my bones, and stretching toward the national, and structural, and global scales. So much is not right in the world. So much is broken and breaking. So much violence--against the most vulnerable,...

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