Living Into Resurrection: The Redemption of Our Bodies
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by Christina Miller
1d ago
As the celebration of Easter Day fades, and we journey into the Easter season, I find myself reflecting on what it means now to live into resurrection. I celebrated the glorious redemption of Jesus’ body—his wounds have been transformed, alleluia! And yet, there are many bodies around me that are still suffering, who’s wounds have not been healed and will likely not be in this lifetime. What does bodily redemption mean for them? When will these beloved members of our parishes, communities, and families say their alleluias? I think Saint Teresa of Avila—a doctor of the Church and trusted spiri ..read more
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So Many Annunciations!
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by Anita Davidson
1w ago
The Feast of the Annunciation in the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar was delayed to April 8 this year since it fell on Monday of Holy Week, which takes precedence.  It is a sign of the importance of this feast that, instead of skipping it, the Church rescheduled it so that it gets the respect it deserves.  The whole gospel hinges on the moment we celebrate today.  Without the Annunciation – or rather – without Mary’s consent, there would have been no Jesus, no disciples, no miracles, or parables. No sermon on the mount or Palm Sunday, no Good Friday, or Easter. But, because ..read more
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Reflections on Soul of Leadership
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by Donna Bivens
2w ago
If, in moving through your life, you find yourself lost, go back to the last place where you knew who you were, and what you were doing, and start from there. -Bernice Johnson Reagon For decades now, I’ve felt I had a pretty clear understanding of my purpose in life thanks largely to two now deceased Dagara spiritual teachers, Malidoma Somé and Sobonfu Somé. They both shared many tools for naming your purpose well enough that you knew when you were off it. In terms of work, my anti-racism and DEI work with organizations appeared to be very “on purpose” for me. But by 2018, that had changed a ..read more
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Good Friday, Scapegoating, and American Politics
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by Margaret Benefiel
3w ago
Jesus, a victim of scapegoating, understood all too well its origin and its outcome.  From the “Hosannas” of Palm Sunday to the “Crucify him!” of a few days later, Jesus witnessed the fears of the human heart and how easily those fears turn to blame.  Good Friday marks the ultimate scapegoating, the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. What is happening in the heart of the person who turns to scapegoating? It’s easy for us humans to believe that by hating a person, we separate ourselves from evil and differentiate ourselves as good. Yet the opposite is actually true. When we give in to ..read more
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The Power of Fasting
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by Roy Oswald
1M ago
(Roy is co-leading the upcoming Holy Week Fast For Peace with Rev. Dr. Margaret Benefiel) Fasting used to be a common spiritual discipline dating back to Biblical times. The practice continued through the early church up to the Reformation. During the Middle Ages, however, fasting fell into disfavor as it became linked with excessive ascetical practices, involving rigid regulations and extreme self-mortification. Since the “Enlightenment,” reaction was severe to these excesses, and fasting became confused with mortification. In the last twenty years, however, there has been a renewed interest ..read more
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by Patience Robbins
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There is a Crack in Everything
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by Lorie Conway
1M ago
Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. -Leonard Cohen These words are the refrain from Leonard Cohen’s famous song Anthem, published in 1992. I may be one of few people in my age range who does not remember this song from the 90’s, but last Fall I could not get it out of my head. Most notably, these compelling words came with me on a personal retreat I took in October. I didn’t plan it that way, but Spirit doesn’t always follow my plans. I call that Sacred Serendipity. My retreat was at the Overlo ..read more
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A Theme Psalm for this Lent
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by Anita Davidson
2M ago
Psalm 25 (from Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness by Nan C. Merrill) To You, O Love, I lift up my soul! O Heart within my heart, in You I place my trust. Let me not feel unworthy; let not fear rule over me. Yes! May all who open their hearts savor You and bless the earth! Compel me to know your ways, O Love; instruct me upon your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for through You will I know wholeness; I shall reflect your Light both day and night. I know of your mercy, Blessed One, and of your unconditional Love; You have been with me from the beginning. Forgive the many ..read more
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Wasting Time with God
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by Angela R. Hooks
2M ago
As a former energizer bunny with a calendar in my head, I’ve always been physically and mentally doing something. So, attending the Group Spiritual Direction Workshop three different times – both as a participant and assistant facilitator – was life-changing for me. Each weekend during these programs gave me the opportunity to practice the art of being still, being in a spiritual community, and being compassionate. When I’m doing, it’s all about my goals and productivity. I am constantly busy planning and thinking about the past, present, and future. I can mentally visualize the calendar in m ..read more
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