Enjoy touring the blogs today!

Talking: In An Unfinished Symphony, Deb writes about a workshop she presented on “Grief and God.” Her words seem particularly pertinent during this summer and now this week of loss rolling upon loss both in the world as a whole and close to home.

Reading: Monday night at the Intefaith Service for the 2014 Gay Games, one of our leaders taught us a form of body prayer – quite appropriate for an athletic event, yes? I found that I really enjoyed the gentle stretches practiced with a few hundred people. I’ve just finished a summer sermon series on prayer, and now I wish I’d first read the book reviewed by Elizabeth of A Musing Amma:  Kristin Vincent’s A Bead and a Prayer. It sounds like a great resource for those of us who are so much about words.

Another book! In Quantum Theology, Michelle reviews the intriguing Habits by Susan Sink — a collection of 100-word stories about Benedictine sisters. If someone were to write a story distilling your life into 100 words, what might it say?


Writing: In The Painted Prayerbook, Jan Richarson shares a “Stubborn Blessing,” one which emerges from Sunday’s gospel text. If you enjoy imagining the words of those who peopled Jesus’ life and times, you may find her words helpful as you prepare for this week’s worship.

And finally, one more poem/prayer,”Slaying Dragons” posted by Josephine in Barefoot Theology. I turned 61 a couple of weeks ago, and my thoughts have turned legacy-ward as I wonder what I might be leaving, especially to my daughter. This poem is a reminder of our ancestry and our callings as women, born to slay dragons and to give birth to the world we dream.

What have you been talking and reading and writing about?  Please leave a comment if you’d like to share!





2 thoughts on “Wednesday Festival: Talking, Reading, Writing

  1. Yesterday, after hearing of the death of another ( rather famous) contemporary, I spent some time crying. Then, after reading Maren Tirabassi’s colum on Psalm 139, I we to the American Society for Suicide Prevention, a cause I have worked for over the years, and posted their facebook page all over the web in hopes that clergy will turn to them and educate themselves.

    See, I am a diagnosed depressive ( along with a load of other things), and it caused a “forced retirement” and SSDI a few years back. Now my clergy compatriots avoid me like the plague.

    Mental Health is a volitale thing but is NOT catching. Some have “wiring issues”, others like me have actual physical components that complicate matters. Sisters, educate your congregations to the issue(s). Support those who struggle ( diagnosed or not). Realise that 8% of the population is mentally ill ( that’s a National Health stat, betcha its closer to 25%). Some choose no medication and may be active in their illness, suicidal, or feel so alone that it becomes cyclical and the end might be the only way out. Other are perceving, to good or ill, that they are shunned. Still others feel like “Legion” and run from themselves with addictions too numerous to name.

    Prove to all that although you may not understand, that if you can, you WILL be present with us.


    1. Andrea, thank you for posting. Hard as they are to read, some of the comments in the wake of Robin Williams’ death revealing little to no knowledge of mental health issues are a wake-up call to how vast the need for education is.


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