It almost seems like we're in this arms race of sorts - popular culture has filled people's schedules with task upon task upon task, and church, desirous of being viable, has followed suit. We've become junkies hooked on the drug of production and doing. To apply a religious lens to it, we have begun serving the gods of "more" instead of hearing the call of a God who creates space to rest and be.
The Word of the Lord…
This Monday night begins the Jewish fast of Tisha B’Av: a day of mourning for the calamities that have befallen the Jewish people over the centuries. Among other things, the traditional Tisha B’Av liturgy includes the chanting Biblical book of Lamentations.
Given the profoundly tragic events currently unfolding in Gaza, I offer this reworking of the first chapter of Lamentations. I share it with the hope that on this day of mourning we might also mourn the mounting dead in Gaza – along with what Israel has become…
A Lamentation for Gaza
Gaza weeps alone.
Bombs falling without end
her cheeks wet with tears.
A widow abandoned
imprisoned on all sides
with none willing to save her.
We who once knew oppression
have become the oppressors.
Those who have been pursued
are now the pursuers.
We have uprooted families
from their homes, we have
driven them deep into
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At some point early this morning I took my shoes off at my desk and never put them back on. I didn't do it for an pious and super-spiritual reason, other than the fact that it was a lot more comfortable. I attended a few meetings, without my shoes. Walked through our parish hall, without shoes. … Continue reading Take Off Your Shoes: Feeling the “Holy” in the Day-to-Day
“Forgiving and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes … Continue reading “Forgiving and …
Love, may seem weak and unrealistic, but it is actually the fullness of reality. To act, and live, and speak, and give, and abide in love even in a world that is stifled with hate is to stop the downward spiral and to move towards a fuller expression of the Reign of God.
"...celebrating the coming of the Christ child isn't just about celebrating an event that happened 2,000 years ago. Christ's birth in the manger means nothing if he isn't reborn over and over again in our lives and in our hearts."
I am a proud signatory to this letter, and even prouder to reblog it on “Black and White and in Living Color.”
On Monday, December 9, someone forwarded me a post on Facebook about aninitiative by the Bishop-Elect of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. I read all of it and was disturbed. I posted about it on WomanPreach! Inc.’s Facebook page. People asked whether I would respond further. I pondered it and decided, “Yes.” And then, my response became OUR response, taking on a life of its own. I appreciate the people who signed this letter and the people who wished they could have. This is what justice-making and beloved faith community-building look like to me–a group of people from the church, not all whom would agree with each other about everything, but who know that the table of God is expansive and who know that it takes all of us to change the world for good. I’m glad to be on the journey with you all (and the…
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