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Anna Blaedel

Anna's reflection on the referral to trial

Anna's reflection on the referral to trial

[Support Anna's ministry at enfleshed and get the latest updates at annakblaedel.com] This morning I awoke early, kissed my sleeping beloved’s shoulder, wrapped my bare flesh in the soft and beautiful shawl made by a dear one I haven’t seen in over a decade but whose love crosses time and space, lit a candle rolled with beeswax and myrrh and blessed by students, and sat. Breathed. Prayed. Did tarot, and texted Tyler. Worked on Sunday’s sermon.Today we hear from the Committee on Investigation.At Thursday’s hearing, the Committee chose not to ask me a single question. Tyler and I bore witness...

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Anna Blaedel

Preliminary Hearing with the Committee on Investigation

Update from Rev. Anna Blaedel:Tyler Schwaller and I met with the Committee on Investigation today for the preliminary hearing. Tyler brilliantly laid out our legal argument, and procedural principles. his capacity for strategy and clarity under pressure is incredible, and I will never be able to convey my gratitude for his ongoing and unfailing withness, in and through it all. we are able to kindle joy and share delight even in spaces that are hostile and soul deadening--such a queer spiritual practice. I am moved by y'all's prayer and love and energy and collective holding. and I am awed and...

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Anna Blaedel

The Holy Innocent Among Us

The Holy Innocent Among Us

On this day of the Holy Innocents, we remember that the Christmas story was never meant to be as simple as sweetness, as "family," as the kind of "love wins" theology that flows easily through privileged lives. The birth of deliverance, of salvation, of freedom, of love that is rich with connection and power and compassion inherently goes hand in hand with heavy things. We cannot celebrate that which has the potential to overthrow destruction and believe there will not be losses. If we are not forced to confront them, it is likely because we are resting in the false...

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