The Pastoral Is Political: Be Alert this Advent

Yesterday we entered the season of Advent, a time in the church calendar where we are called to slow down and simplify our lives as we wait and prepare for the coming of Jesus, the One who came to us in the flesh as a refugee baby 2000 years ago and who will one day… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Holy One, The Psalmist cries out “Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.” Protect our hearts as we work for justice and peace—that they not become hardened and bitter or so broken that we stop loving our neighbor, ourselves, and even You. Protect our minds as we take in all that is… Read More

Narrative Lectionary:  A Rallying Cry (Joshua 24:1-15 [16-26])

I have participated in lots of rallies, marches, demonstrations, and protests over the years.  This is what this week’s text reminds me of.  Read it here. Like Joshua standing in front of the gathered people, moving stories are told. Lived experiences are shared. Rallying speeches are given.  At every crowd gathering—call to actions are made… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Injustice is pervasive, God- With privileged ones getting away with crimes once again, With marginalized blamed for everything. Nothing is new under the sun, But we ask that one of these days The sunrise of righteousness will embark upon our world. God of the justice that seems to be hiding these days, Bid us patience-… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

God, today is World Emoji Day 😀, and it may seem silly 🤡 to share the concerns 😳🤔😮 of our hearts 💕 in this new system of communications, but here is my prayer. 🙏🏼 God of steadfast love ❤, our hearts 💚💙💛❤️💜 are 💔 when hearing of world 🌍 events. Our leaders 👨🏽‍⚖️👩🏻‍⚖️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