Tag: Daily Prayer

Praying with the 7 Banned Words

Praying with the 7 Banned Words

prayer, Prayer Practice, Resistance
There has been quite a lot of writing going around social media regarding the seven banned words of the CDC.  Now, to be fair, it isn't a literal ban. It is just a ban on words the CDC thinks will sink funding. The words are fetus, transgender, diversity, vulnerable, science-based, evidence-based, and entitlement. (WaPo) The creative responses of poetry and memes has been beautiful to see. Today, I offer to you, a prayer written by Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, theologian in residence at All Souls Church Unitarian. A CHRISTMAS PRAYER WITH SEVEN WORDS We remember the Magi, Observers of stars, Evidence-based seekers Who found their way to kneel before a baby. May we, too, kneel before life’s intricate mysteries Following the path of science-based searchers for truth We remember
Prayers for Tragedies

Prayers for Tragedies

prayer, Prayer Practice, Prayers of Petition
Another mass shooting. Another tragedy. Another call for prayers. It is a seemingly senseless cycle. People are rightly skeptical of the need for prayer as we are caught in an endless cycle of inaction and mass death. I find it particularly disturbing that we are willing to tackle banning all Muslims because of an incident in New York on a bike path but that we are not willing to tackle our treatment of and access to guns. The Sutherland Springs shooter and the Las Vegas shooter both have one thing in common: domestic violence. We actually could write a narrow and compelling law that prohibits domestic violence perpetrators from having firearms. Washington state did it and it passed with voter approval. That is not people coming to take away your guns nor is it people trying to creat...
Daily Practice 2017.10.18

Daily Practice 2017.10.18

Meditation Yesterday, a friend posted this on Facebook: "PSA: There are no "white" people in the Bible. The closest to being white are mainly the "bad guys" [Roman soldiers]" I've seen variations of this for years. It is certainly not new or original. However, I was surprised to see the level of attachment to archaic definitions of whiteness: "Actually, most definitions of "white" include people of North African and Middle Eastern descent, who are genetically close to Europeans." "A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa." Uh. Huh. I just bet all those middle eastern people are glad that they are now white. And the Africans of North Africa - Egypt, Libya, Morocco and so on should be jumping with joy. They now have the white c...