Worship Words for 5 July: I Don’t Do What I Want Edition

Looking for liturgical language that suits this moment in our world — a world of pandemic, uprising against individual and systemic racism, virtual gathering, and so much more? Here we offer some…feel free to use as is, to adapt, or to use for inspiration for your own. If you use these in written materials, please… Read More

Saturday Prayer: The Unity of Kindred

“How very good and pleasant it is When kindred live together in unity,” I read. Really, God? How about Cain and Abel (we all know how that ended) or Joseph and Esau (which, come to think of it, actually did have a happy ending, but only after considerable strife)? But even Jesus who refused to… Read More

Friday Prayer: Lamenting and Confessing

This week I was fortunate to be present for the A.C.T. Now! Anti-Racism Rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This prayer was born from my experience. When we do not see in one another the Imago Dei, we “other” them. May all who are Called be change agents for reconciliation and peace. Oh… Read More

Friday Prayer: Ashes Again

I saw the wildfires, Lord. The flames licking at houses, scorching trees. The stuff of homes and families and memories… GONE. I am undone. The raging power of the flames scared me, their passion was so all-consuming. but unlike the fires, You are not capricious. You are not destructive. I searched my heart… In the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: I Am Racist

Dear white sisters, brothers, siblings: I have a very difficult confession to make. I am racist. I wish so much that I wasn’t. I try so hard not to be. But I am. I think this is such a difficult confession to make because we often think people who are racist are “bad” and are… Read More