Magnificat

Magnificat

A modern interpretation of Mary's Magnificat (Luke 1:47-55) from enfleshed: My soul is alive with thoughts of God. What a wonder, Their liberating works. Though the world has been harsh to me, God has shown me kindness, seen my worth, and called me to courage. Surely, those who come after me will call me blessed. Even when my heart weighs heavy with grief, still, so does hope abide with me. Holy is the One who makes it so. From generation to generation, Love’s Mercy is freely handed out; None are beyond the borders of God’s transforming compassion. The power of God is revealed among those...

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1 Corinthians 12:4-26 modern remix

1 Corinthians 12:4-26 modern remix

Though we bring different gifts, it is the same Spirit who makes them alive in us. There are so many ways to serve the vision of Love. None of us are without something to bring to the work of the common good. To one, the Spirit gives wisdom and to another, the strength to weep for all that is lost, to another, the belief that change is possible among us, to another, a soft presence that heals in the midst of destruction, to another, a spirit that inspires and compels, To another, the courage to name what is making us all ill, To another, discernment about what is good and what is evil, To...

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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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On power and forgiveness

On power and forgiveness

Forgiveness can be a holy, righteous, healing thing. But so many dominant theologies have mucked it up for us. Gotten in our heads and our hearts and turned it into something that hurts. A weapon that upholds power in families. In communities. In culture and government. The forgiveness-talk that many of us have inherited says there’s no such thing as structural power. That it does not threaten nor silence. That it does not weave everything intimate and personal into a larger story of us. That it does not play-out over and over again through patterns and practices predictable. At that table...

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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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On choosing abortion

On choosing abortion

God is not a judge who sits at a distance shaking “His” finger at us about divine rules and regulations. God is within. Like a whisper. Like a question. Like a knowing and a rising. God lures us towards each other. Towards collective flourishing. Towards power growing from the margins. Towards our roots deep in the earth. God pulls us in every direction that serves love and life. Sometimes that direction is abortion. When a woman or a trans man or a nonbinary person with a uterus becomes pregnant and must decide how best to foster life: Their own, and that of their family, and that of this...

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