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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
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 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
The High School Seniors preached and Michele wanted to talk a little about Pentecost, modern-day lynching, and an opportunity to call the question about our work. More
The apostles are in the back seat of the station wagon saying, “are we there yet?”. They have been saying it for a good long time and Jesus is saying “no, not yet.” Sound familiar? More
Jesus says if you love him, keep the commandments.
And we know that to Love one another is the greatest of these. Jesus follower or not, what does the highest principal call from us? We are to love one another to treat one another as you would hope to be treated. It is not a bad way through this life. Our staying home, and not seeing each other is an act of Love, and to do it, means that you are extending that Love someone you have never met. More
Long after my mother’s death, after I returned from Calgary, I lived in a house right off of the exit that I so desperately waited to get through to get to the airport to get home to sit with my mother, to wait for death.
Did I do it well? Not really.
Did I know how to sit with the dying; I learned my mum, she was my first teacher.
I did not freak out.
I said good-bye as best I could
Did I say the right things? Some yes and some no
I did tell her I loved her. More
What if all the aspirational things that we are called to do and be in the world, our High mindedness, our desire to bring more love more light more god, more goodness into the world. What if our desire for a good orderly direction is the moving in and moving out of the sheep gate. What if it is our life with goodness and grace that we have as we move back and forth. More