Moments for Common Nourishment

Anna Blaedel

This Grace That Scorches Us

This Grace That Scorches Us

by Rev. Anna Blaedel: "Feel the ache, dear ones. Linger long enough in it to allow for gratitude to mingle with grief, pain to press into possibility, faith to b...

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Inhabiting our bodies in political spaces by Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey

Inhabiting our bodies in political spaces by Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey

Elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, many in the country are celebrating, Danica Roem’s success as the first openly transgender person elected to state legislature. The icing on the cake is that the opposing candidate is GOP incumbent, Robert G. Marshall, who once called himself, Virginia’s “chief homophobe.” It should also be noted that Marshall introduced an anti-transgender bathroom bill that never made it out of committee and consistently misgendered Roem, intentionally referring to her with male pronouns. In her victory speech, rather than overflowing on her accomplishments, Roem offered these words of encouragement: “To every person who’s ever...

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Anna Blaedel

enfleshed by Rev. Anna Blaedel

enfleshed by Rev. Anna Blaedel

Paying attention is a spiritual practice. Spiritual practices deepen our attentiveness to moments of wonder, encounters with truth, invitations into awe. Spiritual practices draw our attention to thin spaces where holiness and ordinariness mingle, inseparable, entangled. In the daily moments and real encounters of our ordinary lives, the Divine draws near and comes to dwell. Right in the midst and mess of it all. Deep calls to deep, and Word becomes flesh and flesh invites Spirit and Spirit spits truth and truth reveals the tender ache of enfleshed life. Incarnation. God incarnate. Love incarnate. Divinity enfleshed. Are you paying attention?...

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