dance the prayer

Christianity, Christmas, Poetry, Scripture, Spirituality
  dance the prayer i stretch and feel every hair waking in the dawn (of creation?) of the morning and savor the blessed cup (of new life?) of coffee as dreams and visions dance like fairies from behind the veil not yet born calling out to wisdom, go on girl! dance the prayer into being. Terri Stewart, 12/5/2010 This is a poem created by pondering the first week of Advent and prompted by reflections on the writings of Christine Valters Paintner, OblSB,PhD, REACE.  You can find here here.  The words that popped out to me during the pondering of her writings were: Stir Stay awake Waiting, anticipation Alertness, watchfulness Vitality, preparing for birth Birth of God into the world Sacred possibilities Tension Rest deeply Signs and portents I wonder what pops out to you during th

Thoughts on Sexuality and Christianity

GLBT, Sexuality, Theology
I want to share thoughts from my friend.  She has a lot of great stuff to say!  So, go visit "The Roamin' Rev:  A Smokin' Hot Woman of God" here.  And she has inspired me to share some thoughts that I developed during work on a presentation (along with my team the fabulous Terra, Denise, and Bjorn...woot!). I have to say that in the realm of the body, we, the Western world, have a looooong way to go towards creating a holistic vision of who we are and who we should be.  We have bought into this separation of the mind and the body that Plato proposed a jillion years ago.  The world of forms vs. particulars.  In the world of forms, we have perfection, transcendence, the mind, and reason.  All "good."  In the world of particulars, we have the senses, our opinions, passions, and the body.  Al

Shabbat Shalom

Grace, Hope, Lament, Religion, Spirituality, Theology
Often we think of Sabbath as Sunday. In fact, traditionally, Sunday is the Day of the Lord and sundown Friday to sundown Saturday remains the Sabbath time. Recently I went to Shabbat service at Kol Ami to experience the beginning of Sabbath, a dedicated time of reflecting on giving our lives and all there is to God. Going to a Jewish service is a little unnerving as it is generally in Hebrew, however, the Siddur (what would be like a hymnal) is written in Hebrew and English. It also has the transliteration so you can follow along. Whew! That allowed me to sort of keep up. When I entered the Narthex to join Kol Ami during Shabbat, I was a little nervous. After all, I know what we think when new people come and visit us! Often it is “Hooray!” How odd would it be to become the new person aga