Moments for Common Nourishment

Anna Blaedel

Imagining Liberation

Imagining Liberation

By Rev. Anna Blaedel Sink into these words of poetry, dear ones, from Rupi Kaur: the universe took its time on youcrafted you to offer the worldsomething different from everyone elsewhen you doubthow you were createdyou doubt an energy greater than us both -irreplaceable As we transition from 2017 toward 2018, I’ve found myself captivated by a single word: imagination. Imagine: you are irreplaceable. Imagine: you are crafted to offer the world something different from everyone else. Imagine: you are an irreplaceable part of this  interconnected, interdependent web of precarious, precious life. (Which of course means, so too is each...

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Anna Blaedel

This season of longing

This season of longing

As we turn from despair toward our own deep longings for humane completions, as we kindle ever keener yearnings to know God’s glory poured out, to know flesh shall embody divine motion together, as we turn, rounding corners into new decisions for and toward our collective future, perhaps in the turning itself, flesh shall shout out the wild and lovely colors of a new season, and the beauty of God shall be revealed.

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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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