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Daily Practice for December 9, 2016

Daily Practice for December 9, 2016

Word:  I would like to share words with you from my friend, Pastor Kelly Dahlman-Oeth of Ronald UMC.  He is one of those who went to Standing Rock. Additionally, his church is building low income housing on its property and he has a keen awareness of people affected by homelessness. As I was headed out of church to go home, a scruffy-bearded, 30-something white man came up and met me at the door. He was dressed for the weather and wearing a backpack. I opened the door, offered my hand, and said, "hi, how are you doing?" He said, "do I know you?" "Not yet, I'm Kelly." He offered his gloved hand and said, "Gordon." He had been here before and was asking for a couple of bus passes. I invited him in, went back and unlocked my office, tore off a couple and we headed back out to ...

Witness Wednesday-A Musical Story

Essay, Quote, spiritual practice, Spirituality
What experience of the presence of the divine can you speak to? Where has grace moved in your life? What is your story? Today I was feeling down in the dumps. I think that is the technical term! It was like the air I was breathing was not pure. So I sat down at the piano ... something I haven't done for a long time. I pulled out some old books - J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Les Mis, Pachabel. Some of the pieces were hard! I remember playing them well at one time. But sadly, my skills have slipped.  Specifically, I was interested in getting out my Beethoven Sonata book and looking at Pathetique again. I had planned to play this piece at my brother's wedding in 2001. He was going to be married the Saturday after 9/11. But, 9/11 happened. Flights were cancelled. I could not fly from Washington to N...
Witness Wednesday-Community Witness

Witness Wednesday-Community Witness

Essay, Quote, spiritual practice, Spirituality
What experience of the presence of the divine can you speak to? Where has grace moved in your life? Last night I led two evening prayer / communion services with youth at the King County Youth Detention Center. In the evening prayer, when it came time to share our concerns and prayers for the world, each youth spoke what was on their hearts followed by, "God in your mercy."  Then the community gathered replied, "Hear our prayer." Our prayer. It was here that they were witness to each other's story, concerns, hearts. And they prayed together. "Hear our prayer."  I was deeply moved by the sincerity of the youth present. They did not giggle, act obnoxious, go off track...nothing. They entered into sacred space (the library) and presented their sacred stories through prayer and sharing the c...