Gratitude

Embracing My “You”ness

Embracing My “You”ness

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                                                                                                                  (image credit: Purposeful Gratitude) Today I am grateful for the clergy and seminarians in my life that have helped me with a question that I've really been struggling with internally. That question is one a lot of us ask but it felt unique to me... "Why Did Goddess create me trans and non-binary?" I had a chance to ask one seminarian and 4 clergy people. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by queer clergy and seminarians that can help me reconcile my faith in Goddess and my trans identity. Today I am grateful for the fact I've been intentionally created by the Goddess Herself. Not necessarily to be trans but to challenge rigid binaries that are used to sow hatred and defen
Gratitude for Accountability Practices

Gratitude for Accountability Practices

Gratitude
Today I am going to defer from my usual picture and quote post. I want to talk about something that I am grateful for that ties both into politics and religion. Yes I am grateful for something that is tied into two topics that people would probably NEVER associate gratitude with. Most of you have probably heard this. I am grateful for the folks in the United Methodist Church who brought church charges against Jeff Sessions (of which I got to be apart of). We charged him, under our denominations Book of Discipline, with child abuse, immorality, racial discrimination and "dissemination of doctrines" contrary to those of the United Methodist Church. Our ultimate goal in doing this is not to have Jeff Sessions expelled from the UMC but that a "reconciling process that will help this longtim...
“To Beat The Morning Drum” — A Memorial Day Reflection

“To Beat The Morning Drum” — A Memorial Day Reflection

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Monday of next week, 28 May, is Memorial Day. So the following is dedicated to those who fought in the Nation's wars, especially those who never returned home. In particular, and most personally, I dedicate this to the memory of my father, Cpl. Leonard Eugene Cowles, who served in Battery C of the 174th Field Artillery Battalion, and of whom I have written previously. The following poem by Walt Whitman was reprinted on the flyleaf of Dad's copy of We Did, the history of the 174th which was issued to every member of the Battalion as they left the Service at the end of World War II. (The title of the history was chosen so as to finish the Battalion motto:  Possumus Et Volumus -- "We Can And We Will".) How painfully nostalgic to reflect that the men who received that Battalion history wen