Wednesday Prayer

Creator, we feel it The atmosphere shifting The atmosphere is shifting Words of hate spilling out of mouths of leaders, filling the ears of the desolate, loud and brazen over airways, from pulpits, and in the streets The disease of white supremacy metastasizing and showing up ever more aggressive, threatening and terminal The atmosphere is… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

WTF!? George couldn’t breathe God! Why couldn’t they hear him? Did you hear George crying out, God? I am holding on to the hope that with every precious breath we are yet allowed to take— you are with us. But, damn! How much more can we endure, God? I must confess that it is hard to… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Holy Spirit, Holy Breath- Our black neighbors can’t breathe. The ones in power have knees cutting into their necks robbing them of air and of many tomorrows. Our black neighbors can’t breathe. They wonder what the “nice white lady” will say when she calls the police for no reason. And then what will happen… Our… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Embracing the Darkness

In the Northern hemisphere, we are just inching past the Winter Solstice.  Through Advent and Christmas overwhelm, through the longest nights and the gradual loss of sunlight, we are back now into growing light. As someone who has often felt that lack of sunlight in my body and spirit, I know the relief when the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Getting Thanksgiving Right

Thanksgiving. The compound word strikes fear in my mortal heart. But this year, it’s not just the decision between cornbread or bread dressing. It’s not just dread over Uncle John’s belligerence at the table. And it’s not just the divide between the blue family and the red family. This year, we have to do better… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: End White Supremacy in the White House

Last week, the Southern Poverty Law Center released an incredibly important report that seemed to fall under the radar as the media focused on details about the impeachment hearings. In the report, we learned that Katie McHugh – former editor of the alt-right Breitbart News publication – leaked over 900 emails that Stephen Miller sent… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: New Beginnings (Genesis 2:4b-25)

This Sunday we begin Year 2 of the Narrative Lectionary. It’s the start of 15 weeks of Hebrew Bible texts, 15 passages to struggle with, mope about, and squeeze meaning from before we start with the Gospel text in Advent. If you haven’t checked it out yet, may I suggest the Overview of Year 2… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Whiteness, Immigration, and Who Gets to Be Considered Made in God’s Image

A number of months ago, I did some Googling.  Maybe it was because of some actions or tweets by Kim Kardashian regarding her Armenian advocacy or appropriating another culture.  Or maybe I was just curious to figure out where the word Caucasian originated.  Either way, I found this article: “How Armenian Americans Became ‘White’: A… Read More