Moments for Common Nourishment

Anna Blaedel

Becoming trusty and true

Becoming trusty and true

This last Juneteenth, a holy-day commemorating Black freedom, survival, and emancipation from enslavement, my prayer time found focus on the practice of freedom. I spent time reflecting on who has taught me, and how, and what, about freedom, and liberation. Part of practicing freedom is tracing and paying tribute to the lineages and legacies of freedom fighters and liberation laborers: Black feminists pouring forth wisdom about truth telling and collective care and healing justice and interlocking oppressions and radical love and sustaining joy; queer and trans-cestors resisting police brutality and the criminalization of our lives and loves by fighting fiercely...

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Anna Blaedel

The calling of these queerish times

The calling of these queerish times

By Rev. Lois McCullen Parr I shaved my head this week. As I turned my calendar over to June and the colors of “Pride” filled my wall, a handful of grey hair filled my hand. Many years ago, an anti-racism seminar led me to quit dying my hair and let its natural grey show. That seminar sent me to my knees and split open my heart. When I emerged, I came out as queer and experienced the liberation of living authentically. The ground shifted under me; it has never stopped. When I was a teenager, I used to play Melissa...

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Anna Blaedel

Do we honestly, truly, want to be well?

Do we honestly, truly, want to be well?

By Rev. Anna Blaedel When it feels like the world is ending…When grief is raw, and pain is pressing…When the too muchness of sorrow fills the space within and around and between…When I don’t know where or how to begin the practice of meeting life as it is… I have learned to do two things: drink water, and breathe.* Everything else begins here. Drink water. Breathe. The most basic necessities of life. Drink water. Breathe. How life is sustained. How prayer begins. Water is Life. Breath is Spirit. Ruach. Pneuma. The origins of life. The beginning of all that is possible. Water....

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Anna Blaedel

A week in shadow and shelter

A week in shadow and shelter

By Rev. Anna Blaedel A Place for Shelter and ShadowBy Pádraig Ó TuamaWe know that sometimes we are alone, and sometimes we are in community.Sometimes we are in shadow, and sometimes we are surrounded by shelter.Sometimes we feel like exiles--in our land, in our languages and in our bodies. And sometimes we feel surrounded by welcome.As we seek to be human together, may we share the things that do not fade: generosity, truth telling, silence, respect and love.And may the power we share be for the good of all. We honor God, the source of this rich life. And we...

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