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Anna Blaedel

On dangerous sentiments and the truths we need

On dangerous sentiments and the truths we need

By Rev. M Barclay As I often do when invited to offer a reading for reflection, last week I turned to the work of adrienne maree brown to share in digital community. Her “spell for grief or letting go” is a timely invitation to release control and practice our humanity in ways that heal.The responsive insights of the gathered group were rich, and one struck me in particular. In the midst of conversations about the protestors calling for the premature opening of businesses - the white supremacist, gun-toting, embodiments of toxic masculinity and its accomplices – one person shared, “I’d...

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M Barclay

Pandemic or no pandemic - why I'm tending end of life care decisions

Pandemic or no pandemic - why I'm tending end of life care decisions

Update: Check out MyDirectives.com for easy, free, digitally accessible, and nationwide forms Proper and regular hand washing is getting a lot of attention right now. Obviously, the stakes are high and the attention is appropriate. But even though this moment holds acute risk, it’s a good reminder to re-examine our regular practices and routines. Ideally, we’re giving hand washing proper attention all the time - this practice acknowledges our interdependence in a world where many have precarious health and benefit from everyone’s participation in proper hygiene. This is a time for increased attention to something that, ideally, would already be...

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Anna Blaedel

Sacred Table Gathering

Sacred Table Gathering

An evening of community nourishment at the intersections of queerness and spirituality. Sacred Table is a partnership event between enfleshed and the Wesley Center at the University of Iowa. This event is open to the community. Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 6PM - 7:30PM The Wesley Center120 N Dubuque St Iowa City, Iowa 52245 Come. Eat. Linger. Share in ritual. Share in connection. Share in conversation about queerness and its Sacred offerings. Participation will be maxed at 40 people. Reservations are required in the form below for all Iowa City area community members. Children are welcome to attend with parents.  (No registration...

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M Barclay

A note about Trans Day of Remembrance and (white/cis) churches appropriating grief

A note about Trans Day of Remembrance and (white/cis) churches appropriating grief

Tl;dr: What I'm not saying: don't engage with TDOR if you are white and/or if you are cis or that your care/engagement/effort is wrong. What I am saying: let today be an invitation to be mindful. reflect. think critically about how this day has been shaped in recent years by large gay organizations and media. listen to what this day's roots might have to teach you about real solidarity, about centering those most affected, and whether or not you are in relationship with the ones you grieve. I am still un-learning a lot. But, I'm so grateful for those who invited me to begin.Beloveds,This...

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