Moments for Common Nourishment

Anna Blaedel

The call to witness and with-ness

The call to witness and with-ness

We remain with the Divine, enfleshing tender openness to what is slipping away and what is emerging. We bear witness to a Power that opens possibilities we can barely begin to imagine.

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Anna Blaedel

Imagining the end

Imagining the end

By Tyler Schwaller Somedays, when I am feeling especially overwhelmed by all of the hurt and injustice in the world, I find myself thinking, “Alright, Jesus, if you’re coming back, now would be a great time!” There is something hopeful about imagining the end. And hope is full of critique. Because when we hope for things to be different, what we are saying is that the present state of affairs is unacceptable. This is the vision of the apocalyptic Book of Revelation. Early Christians, living under the Roman Empire, looked to the end, to the overturning of domination and oppression....

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Anna Blaedel

After all...who knows?

After all...who knows?

By Elyse Ambrose Joel 2:14a: Who knows whether [God] will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind...In my years of intentional relationship-building with God, I humbly confess that there is little I know about God. The “faith” aspect of this journey has been me clinging to hope when I am confounded, and rejoicing in the assurance that come-what-may, I am loved. (This love is the one thing I know about God.) It is this assurance that has sustained me through ecclesial violence, doubts and hopelessness, rejection, self-abnegation, and the everydayness of life.When horrible things happen—like school shootings, for...

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Anna Blaedel

Hope for the Hopeless

Hope for the Hopeless

 By Rev. Anna Blaedel The college students I have the pleasure of working with spend a lot of time grappling with hope. They yearn for it, long for it, savor it, sense a deep and urgent need for it. Many of our campus ministry conversations circle back to our relationship with hope:Is it possible to be hopeful in a world marked so persistently with pain, injustice, oppression, and loss?Even if it’s possible, is it faithful, ethical?Should we give up on hope, entirely?Should we hope for hope even more passionately?These students are wise, and they know how often ‘hope’ masquerades as...

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