Moments for Common Nourishment

Anna Blaedel

No idle tale, these truths we cry, we bear, we sing

No idle tale, these truths we cry, we bear, we sing

Stories, songs, and poems are sacred when they bear witness to the truths of life and death, of pain and healing. 

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Anna Blaedel

We'd been saving each other for years

We'd been saving each other for years

After all, scripture teaches us that when you sit in the mess, when you do not leave someone to die alone on their cross, when instead you sit at the foot of it and are willing to accompany them to the tomb, then you are there to be first witness to resurrection.

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Anna Blaedel

First, we sit with the end

First, we sit with the end

In seasons of endings, we yearn for beginnings. But if we do not tend to what is ending, if we do not face the losses and griefs that are rending our collective life, there is no space for something new to emerge.

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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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