dear students

dear students

dear students: you who have been working hard, caring fiercely, showing up for each other and for our tender, aching collective; you who are forgoing parties, and bars, and the gatherings that you’ve anticipated with joy; you who know there’s life beyond football games and tailgating and beer pong; you who are holding the losses that none of us really know how to bear; you who are scared, who don’t know where to take your fear, or your wisdom; you who know shit ain’t right, and are laboring for a world where tender togetherness and creativity are valued above Mine and More; you who have been...

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A prayer for the days when there is only sadness

A prayer for the days when there is only sadness

Gentle Presence, Patient Listener, Holy Holder of it all, My prayer is this: I am so sad. It’s not an ask. It’s not a confession. It’s an offering. The only one I have today. I’m praying it with hope. I know grief is a lifeline - tethering me to the world that should be. The one worth fighting for. As a practice of faith, I will not deaden these feelings that let me know all is not well. I will not adjust to cruelty or disregard for life, detaching myself from humanity - mine or others. I will not allow once imaginable scenarios to be turned into everyday losses that no longer pierce my...

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Because individualism is destructive

Because individualism is destructive

Individualism is destructive. Send greed and selfishness away. That learned refusal to acknowledge your own need for help - let it be gone as well. When possible, counter all impulses towards privatized survival with acts of love - collective and expansive - with caring for others and accepting care. Remember we need each other. Remember the needs of your neighbors (literal and metaphorical). Remember the vulnerable. Remember, we are in this together, even when we don't act like it. People depend on your choices - you depend on the choices of others. This, a Sacred and terrible truth woven...

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Now is not a time for rushing past joy

Now is not a time for rushing past joy

Now is not a time for rushing past joy. Do not move too quickly from any good thing: not laughter or a sight of beauty, not a taste, a feeling, a companion, or a truth. These are gifts, not to be wasted. Be generous in sharing. Linger and give thanks. Be excessive in awe. Just, do not hurry through them as if they are not precious in this season of grief. When you encounter the harder things, still, move slow. Open to Wisdom’s guidance through pain. Listen patiently to your fear. Pause, so that the voice of your body can speak. You cannot hurry in heartbreak or loss and hope to make it...

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For grief and loss

For grief and loss

Where we find each other God of love, God of peace, Come and comfort all who are grieving. Weep with those in sorrow. Gather round the circles of remembrance. Hear the choirs of gratitude, and make Holy all that pours from broken hearts. May your eternal embrace, your forever love, your Divine Presence that is before death, companions through death, and rises after death, be the resting place - the place of return - where we can always find each other. - Rev. M Barclay, enfleshed When the tears come When the tears come, hold out your hands. Like the last leaves quivering on empty branches,...

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Blessed are those…in the times of Coronavirus

Blessed are those…in the times of Coronavirus

blessed are the joy finders, the joy sharers, the joy tenders blessed are the workers, the strikers, the organizers bending toward collective justice, and survival blessed are the mask makers, the mask wearers blessed are those forgoing convenience and excess for someone else’s survival blessed are the governors, and mayors, and legislators laboring for public health and collective life over profit, ego, and the deadly demands of gun-toting, terror-mongering, evil-doers blessed are the essential workers—yes, yes, the healthcare workers, sanitation workers, grocery store workers, mail...

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