Moments for Common Nourishment

Anna Blaedel

Fiesta is Resistance

Fiesta is Resistance

By Jonathan Cintrón-Rodz “Fiesta as an act of Resistance” (Rev. Lydia Munoz, MARCHA 2019) How can we sing the songs of God while in a foreign land? -Psalm 137:4 These past few weeks we have opened our newspapers and social media accounts only to see the appalling reality of domestic terrorism, the results of the Manifest Destiny, White Nationalism and White Supremacy that are without any doubt, the false god of this country. Immediately, I found myself turning to the cries in the book of Psalms. A entire community living in exile from their mother land, living in the margins, in...

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Anna Blaedel

Holding each other freely

Holding each other freely

By Rev. Anna BlaedelFor as long as I can remember, my body has loved both wide-open spaces, and cocooned cloisters. My arms (and heart) fling open at the immense panoramic skies of Wyoming, the top of the world feel of Colorado’s continental divide, and glistening city skyscapes from rooftop perches. And, my body longs to curl up and cradle itself in tree forks, and sheet forts, and sand dunes, and cozy tucked away nooks. My embodied being—and I do not think I am alone in this—both longs to feel free and unconstrained, and longs to feel held. In so many...

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Anna Blaedel

Putting the flesh back on love

Putting the flesh back on love

The work of love cannot be lived abstractly. It is bodily, enfleshed, incarnate.

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Anna Blaedel

Pride, pain, and deep wells of healing power

Pride, pain, and deep wells of healing power

By Rev. Anna Blaedel This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, when trans women of color fought back against the devastatingly routine brutality of police raids, harassment, deportations, and imprisonments, igniting current movements for trans justice and queer liberation. Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, and other known and unknown queer and trans ancestors responded to the urgent needs and longings of the moment, and insisted another world was possible. Fighters. Lovers. Dreamers. Courageous queers unwilling to play nice with the violence inflicted on their souls, and the souls of their kin. Movement builders. Healers....

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