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We have to be careful here because Jesus initially treats this woman very, very badly. There is nothing that can take away how painful it is that Jesus calls a woman in need a dog. And it’s not particularly soothing that she uses that same dog language to expand his thinking. It’s insulting and baffling, and I don’t think we should easily move on from that stumbling block. I do want to say that the Rev. Dr. Joy Jay Moore reflected on this text by saying that she did not think it was ok that a woman of color or a minority woman had to argue for her humanity, argue for the fact that she was made in the image of God to God itself. Instead she preferred to interpret the text that Jesus was voicing the prejudices of his peers, knowing, all along, the humanity of the woman in front of him. More
The image of Jesus off alone praying crops up in the narratives of his life and as I have gotten older I have craved this kind of example that he sets, this connection to quiet, and to his ability to anchor the work that he is doing in the world. I have spent more time in quiet meditation since March than I have since I was in seminary. I have gotten quiet a lot. I am trying to find a way to anchor this experience of grief and sadness as we continue to try and stay home and keep each other safe. Cases are over five million in this country and over 160,000 people have died. More
Well…. Not only did he teach with them, parable after parable, story after story he spent time with them, and he with drew got on a boat and moved to another place in says in the text that, “Moved to compassion Jesus moved along them and healed them.”
Moved to compassion, what a great phrase. What a wonderful way to hear about moving through the world. What an amazing aspirational stance to take when you look at people. I looked at people and I was moved to compassion. We look at a group of people and we are moved to compassion. We look at each other and we are moved to compassion. More
John Lewis once said, “You cannot be afraid to speak up and speak out for what you believe. You have to have courage, raw courage.” Senator Kamala Harris said, In his memory, let’s continue to speak out against injustice and have the courage to make good trouble.
It is in saying what we believe in power that will enter into a conversation, you can not keep your head down, you have to in times like these say what you believe and put your stakes in the ground. John Lewis did that.
John Lewis said what he meant and he stood by it, marched for it, rode for it, got jailed for it and put himself out on the line for it.
We honor him by holding accountable the powers that be who could pass laws that open the way for all people to vote, saying nice things about him now that he is dead and gone, NO. Honor him by passing the voting rights act. We need to make sure that people can vote rather than judge them for not voting. More
I’m not a gardener but I believe that shallow, rocky, or thorny soil can be transformed into good soil. It is an effort – but it is possible…God desires that we be open to this possibility of transformation. Only with good soil, can we make manifest God’s love and action in this world. Are we good enough soil to be able and willing to respond? What does it take to be good soil… to be ready for God’s grace? How can we encourage systemic change in our world? More
As Wisdom calls to us, we are called to change. To understand beyond our sensory perception, the use of scripture, and gatherings, and talking to each other and bringing our whole self forward into the work of God in the world is the call. It will change us. Bring our whole selves. Bring our whole selves rather than picking and choosing. I am not talking to just the Christians in this I am talking to you to go and do your work, to become more of what Wisdom is calling from us. We need to seek an order to chaos, to be humble, to use the tools that we are given to change. More
The United States of America will be 244 years old on Saturday. I ask you, how are we going to celebrate? We cannot waste this moment of righteous anger; we cannot waste the energy that is moving people to protest and to do the work needed to change a status quo that is hurting many— in particular, people of color. More
The Poor People’s campaign was in our building in 2018 and I remember this moment, when I swear it happened this way, I went downstairs to greet the folks who had showed up and it was the organizers. One of the women asked me to stay as they prayed. Of course. And she started to sing a call and response. We stood in a circle together and as we responded the doors to the parish Hall opened up and a couple of people joined us and then more and more. We stepped back and expanded the circle again and again and from the circle as we expanded finally our circle was as big as the parish hall. That is the call that is what we are called to do and to be. Ever-expanding and ever more part of the circle. More
“We are taught to that we should just be really good at what’s already possible and to leave the impossible alone” Adrienne Maree Brown More
The Rev. Cannon Stephanie Spellers says “Because “God created humanity in God’s own image, in the divine image God created them…” (Gen 1:27). You spit on a child of God, you’re spitting on God. And if somebody’s spitting on God, people of faith HAVE to step up. It’s not optional. It’s not “two sides.” Step up with and for the holy One who has been kicked, shot, choked, crucified, denied. Step up because oppressive systems dim the beneficiaries’ divine spark and full humanity. For the love of God, step up.” More