Thursday Prayer

God, when images of a drowned baby and her daddy cannot be unseen help us to imagine a new world is possible – and then compel us to get out of our own way and build it God, when historical places of horror are re-purposed to inflict new suffering help us to imagine that freedom… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Free Pastor Betty Rendón!

Last Wednesday night, I gathered with ELCA Greater Milwaukee Synod Bishop Paul Erickson and a couple hundred clergy and community members outside of the Kenosha Detention Center for a prayer vigil. That morning I found out that ELCA Synodical Minister: Pastor Betty Rendón, her husband, nephew, and daughter were arrested and detained on May 8.… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

God of all spaces, all boundaries, all borders: We look upon the lands that are yours. Many of our ancestors inappropriately deemed the territories theirs, forgetting that you built this world yourself and purposefully neglecting that others lived on the land. They’ve captured creation, hoarded it for their own self-interest, and excluded or oppressed many… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Giver of life Creator of us all Lover of our souls God who dwells in our flesh, our very beings Help us today, and guide us as we seek justice for LaQuan McDonald and remember 16 shots and a cover-up as we believe Dr. Ford and all those that have suffered sexual violence and sexual… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Called to Decolonize (Genesis 12:1-9)

Later this month will mark the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico as its 3.3 million residents still reeled from the impact of the often forgotten Hurricane Irma which hit the island just two weeks before. As I type these words, I whisper the name Raúl Pagán, my father’s cousin—que en… Read More

Saturday Prayer

For the twelve Thai boys and their coach rescued from the depths of the cave; for cave divers, engineers, medical personnel—all 10,000 people who participated in the rescue; for their fathers and mothers holding their sons in their arms today– Gracious God, we give you thanks. For the thousands of children separated from their parents… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Love or Betrayal?

On a daily basis, we’re invited to be voyeurs into the misery of the lives of others, seeing the tragedy and horror of the helpless, the homeless and the hopeless. Then, we move on to the next headline. In the UK, the listing order of the tragedy depends on its nature and where in the… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Jesus the Border Crosser

Jesus, Brother and Border Crosser, May we be your feet marching steadily, as you did, into places of fear and grief and danger. Jesus, Brother and Border Crosser May we be your hands, reaching, as you did, across imaginary lines drawn in sand. Jesus, Brother and Border Crosser, May we be your mouth, prophesying, as… Read More