I have a suggestion for a New Years’ Resolution for my beloved Church and the leaders who serve it: leave anti-millennial stereotyping and scapegoating in 2016. It's lazy. Full stop. It’s a shame that we have to continue to have this conversation, but it honestly needs to come to a swift and expeditious end.
The next four years will test our character as a nation - not as a collection of politicians and and branches of government, but as an imperfect community of people.
We must decolonize the darkness. We must stop telling ourselves that the darkness is inherently bad and that the light is inherently good. God created the day and the night called them both “Good.” The reality is this – we need both night and dark, darkness and light, to live lives of balance and wholeness. … Continue reading Decolonizing the Darkness
The “Kingdom of God” was a reality where the deeply-held assumptions of our world were turned in their heads. Jesus died for this Kingdom. And God responded to his death by inserting a comma where Rome had placed a period. Eternity, not empire, has the final word.
[Graceful Thoughts is a new addition to my blogging. It comprises short ideas, thoughts, stories, and vignettes that I hope point towards God’s grace at work around us] Faith is a gift, not an equation. More and more I have come to see faith as a gift. I knew this, and yet I am always … Continue reading Graceful Thoughts, part 1
These days my kitchen counter has become my altar. The chalice? A glass coffee maker. The wine? Water just off the boil. I always pour deliberately, slowly, and with intention because, before the busyness of my day, this task is an altar upon which may descend the fire of God’s grace. The aroma of freshly ground coffee beans brewing is my prayer, set forth as incense, ascending to the throne room of God.
Enlightenment... does not come through raising walls around our hearts, but by tearing them down and exposing them to the God who comes to us over and over, day after day, in unexpected ways.
There are days when I am reminded of the stigma of darkness and rejection. Today is one of them. I lived for 22 years in the dark closet of self-hate and lies that I honestly feel like I will live forever with a mild, but very real, case of PTSD. That story still feels very … Continue reading St. Mary Magdalene, Patron Saint of “My life is a mess, and yet Jesus says he loves… me?”
It was six years ago, during the summer after my first semester in seminary, that I stumbled across the Social Media HUB for the Episcopal Church gathered in its 76th General Convention (in Anaheim).The message of deep engagement in mission locally and globally, dedication to social justice and inclusion (even if it was imperfectly stated … Continue reading To General Convention, Thanks for Everything… Six Years Later
To bear witness to Jesus of Nazareth is to bear witness to both his empty tomb and his bloody cross. Either we talk about the space where race, ethnicity, and oppression collide or we fail to be faithful to the witness of Jesus of Nazareth.