Looking for Inspiration

Looking for Inspiration

awareness, inspiration
Sometimes I feel that sharing inspiration with readers of Beguine Again is a heavy responsibility. I don't know what struggles you might be going through. Maybe your life is chugging along smoothly. Maybe you've just gotten bad news from somewhere, and you don't know how to deal with it. Maybe your job is not working for you. Maybe you don't even have a job. I have no idea. I picked this image for today's post because it reminded me that different people are inspired by different things. My words may not work for you, but seeing a certain image or hearing a certain melody may work. Going outside and seeing clouds might work, or it might not. I guess today's message I want you to leave with is to LOOK for inspiration in your life. I can't tell you where to look. I wish I could, becau...

10000 Artists for Change, Banned Books, and Saying Goodbye to a Force of Nature

"Life" Issues, activism, Art, awareness, Change, Compassion, Creativity, Healing, healing hands, homeless, Hope, hunger, inspiration, justice
I know the title is super-long today, but I didn't want to leave out anything that mattered.  And it all matters. Today is the day that 10000 Poets for Change come together to speak in many smaller voices amplified in one large voice. In the words of Michael Dickel: We seek through our art to do a bit of old-fashioned consciousness raising, to stimulate thought and action leading to the kind of change that is sustainable, compassionate and just, and to engage in the important theme of the issues facing humanity today—but all with a goal to alleviate suffering and foster peace. We don’t want to just “talk about it,” we want words, art and music that help us take action in some way for positive change wherever we are in our lives, in our world. To find the links we have collected, please

Kin-dom Work: Proclaiming Release to the Prisoner

Essay, inspiration, Scripture
Recently, I presided over a liturgy that instead of using the word "Kingdom" used the word "Kin-dom." The idea being that the Kingdom of God is one in which we are all kin. Additionally, I am attending, right now, Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington DC. ( #ead2015 ). At EAD, we are focusing on bringing an end to mass incarceration through smarter sentencing and through the elimination of family detention of migrant families. At one of the workshops I attended, the stopped calling incarcerated people "offenders" or "criminals" and called them "brother, sister, returning citizen." Our kin. There is no denying that the vast majority of those imprisoned will be returning to their home towns. What do we do when they return? Are they set up to succeed? Are they shamed? Can they get fair hou...