Tuesday Prayer

God, today is World Emoji Day ๐Ÿ˜€, and it may seem silly ๐Ÿคก to share the concerns ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฎ of our hearts ๐Ÿ’• in this new system of communications, but here is my prayer. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ God of steadfast love โค, our hearts ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’œ are ๐Ÿ’” when hearing of world ๐ŸŒ events. Our leaders ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€โš–๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€โš–๏ธseem to be… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

God of all righteousness, as I embark upon jury duty this week, may my mind be void of distractions. May my eyes see what you need to see and hear what they need to hear. Remove biases from my head and grief from my heart. Bestow energy upon my body and may my soul feel… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

God, you granted humans agency when your breath entered our lungs, Nudge us to exercise our voice in a myriad of ways- In pulpits and rallies, In newspapers and blog posts, And as we vote. God, pour wisdom upon us so that it soaks through every part of our soul. May our minds be focused… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary:ย  The You are Holy (so act like it) Edition

Pick a text, any text, this week and we’re confronted with who we are and how we are to be in this world. It can be a celebratory experience – we are holy because God is holy! And it can be a humbling experience – do we really love our neighbors as ourselves? In Deuteronmy… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Remembering Dr. Vincent Harding

This week I am remembering the home-going of Dr. Vincent Harding, who died on May 19th, 2014 at the age of 82.ย  Historian, Freedom Movement activist and visionary, teacher, husband, father โ€“ Dr. Harding was a beloved mentor to many. And to me. I met him at Iliff School of Theology in 2006, where by… Read More

Friday Festival: Nevertheless, She Persisted

A number of our bloggers have been focusing on injustices in the church and the world.ย  ย ย  In Dirty Sexy Ministry, Laurie places before us an image from the Jackson, Mississippi Woolworthโ€™s lunch counter in 1963 and asks us whether we could persist and could pray in the face of such an evil assault? Now… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Putting Earth Day on Our Plate

Sometime after the beginning of Lent 2016 — it was precisely February 21, 2016 — a banner ad caught my attention with this invitation: Go Vegan For Lent That word โ€œveganโ€ scared me. โ€œVeganโ€ sounded extreme — strict — restrictive. I clicked through anyway. The pastor in me wondered what vegan had to do with… Read More