Moments for Common Nourishment

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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Anna Blaedel

Imagining God all over again

Imagining God all over again

by Rev. M Barclay In the season of Epiphany, we bear witness to unexpected manifestations of the Sacred. God appears in lands unfamiliar, in surprising flesh, among strange gatherings of people. God speaks through stars and in dreams. No words or texts or norms will do on their own. This is a time of imagining our way through periods and places of unknown. For many of us, sacred imagination no longer comes easily. Somewhere between the ages of pre-teen and high school graduate, we un-learned the capacity to dream freely. As kids, we don’t even have to try. We shape...

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Anna Blaedel

Tender dreams and the force of joy

Tender dreams and the force of joy

By Rev. Anna Blaedel The Dream KeeperBring me all of your dreams,you dreamer,bring me all yourheart melodiesthat I may wrap themin a blue cloud-clothaway from the too-rough fingersof the world.    —Langston HughesI find solace in Langston Hughes' desire to protect our dreams from the too-rough fingers of the world. He knew, deep in his flesh and blood and bones, that the world of our making is rarely kind to dreamers, or compatible with our dreams.And yet. The Good News of Incarnation is that God’s dreams—of love, and justice, and compassion, and the healing salve of salvation—are wrapped up, entangled, inseparable...

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