This is a portion of the homily I preached the Sunday after the election in 2016. I was afraid that Sunday, as were many people I know. I am even more afraid now, as the fears I had then are being realized in a loss of the Christian values I hold most dear – justice… Read More
Lately, I’ve been spending more time on my artwork, specifically my woodburning. I tend to give myself a tough time when allocating more time on this artwork instead of my writing. But after long days at the church, this type of creation feeds my soul as I feel as if I’m using another part of… Read More
Time to breathe Time to reflect Time to connect Time to expand Time to live For this time we give you thanks We offer our time, our hearts, our hands and our vision to you, God Have your way May it all be for a blessing Amen. Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks (she/her/hers/ella) is a queer… Read More
As my body aches today, God, I pray for my neighbors who must work with fevers and stomach bugs, and friends who wonder how they will attain their paycheck since their children got sick. When will we value the cost of rest? Will we ever stand for the ones without healthcare? Even in my moments… Read More
I have been thinking a lot about discipleship these days. It’s not a word that progressive, predominantly white churches are all that comfortable with. Yet, with the lectionary moving from the Magi showing up to pay homage to Jesus to Jesus’ baptism, and to the calling of the first disciples… Discipleship seems a reasonable thing… Read More
In the stillness of the morning, before the rising of the sun, I seek the movement of your Holy Spirit Cover me Move me Stir up love Compel me to action Draw me closer To love To joy To possibility To justice To my siblings To the beauty around me Within me To You Back… Read More
God of the Smiles and Eye Rolls- Oh we’ve had “a day” Life seemed a bit off, And our bodies ached a little too much. Our to-do list was left unfinished, And the phone call we were to make… well… it wasn’t. The blog post was completed later than expected, And the visit must wait… Read More
I could write an entire sermon on the first verse from this week’s Revised Common Lectionary Gospel reading. When Jesus heard bad news, he withdrew and regrouped. Can you relate? Have you ever been in Jesus’ shoes? Sometimes we receive news that shatters our understanding of reality. We have to retreat for a beat, before… Read More
In the United States it is the Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration and one of three hundred and sixty-six days this year to think about race. We sing “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” the poem by James Weldon Johnson set to music by John Rosamond Johnson, but I’m not sure it is good today to… Read More
We are looking, God.
We are looking everywhere.
we think we see glimpses
of your glory,
but then it seems to disappear
before our very eyes. Read More