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Daily Practice for 2017.08.10 – The Great Unknowing

Daily Practice for 2017.08.10 – The Great Unknowing

Meditation Last night at detention, the boys in Bible study...wait...one boy in Bible study asked the question, "Is it a sin to do drugs?" This is a difficult question to answer. The easy way out is to say "Yes." Because we don't want this kid doing drugs, running away from home, living on the streets, and participating in the accompanying illicit behavior (theft, burglary, robbery). But, Christian and Jewish scripture is pretty silent on the use of drugs. And on top of that, there is plenty of descriptions of drinking and even excessive drinking. Jesus turns water into wine for a wedding celebration. Noah gets drunk and there is no problem except Ham sees him naked. And to be clear, Ham gets in trouble, not Noah. This question is a question that I have gotten on-and-off for the ...
Daily Practice 2017.08.03 – Full Buck Moon: A Poem from Juvenile Detention

Daily Practice 2017.08.03 – Full Buck Moon: A Poem from Juvenile Detention

Word  Today, I'm returning to sharing from The BeZine, our sister publication. I am sharing from a poem that Lisa Ashley wrote about the youth in detention that we encounter. This is the second of two. The girl in this poem is known to both of us. It is tragic.    Full Buck Moon: A Poem from Juvenile Detention by Lisa Ashley Native-named orb of antler-hardening season, it slow-rises behind a Mt. Rainier cloud, etching a snow cone Madrona in its glow. The bucks begin their pointed clashes for dominance, for the does, as summer moves into fall, ritual not often seen or heard by humans. Sipping, wrapped in a fleece robe, visited by baby raccoon and elder black cat, breath slow-moving in and out, moon watching, trying to let go of her story: rape, then raging viole
Daily Practice August 26, 2016

Daily Practice August 26, 2016

Word:  Last year on August 26, my hubs, Robert, was flying to NC to be with his mother during her dying days. The year prior, it was his dad's death. This year, I was scheduled to conduct a funeral. The funeral got moved to Thursday. And also, August 26 is Robert's birthday. When I asked him what he'd like for his birthday, I believe his basic sentiment was, "Please, nobody should die." And so we are moving his birthday celebration off of August 26 to August 27 just so we can all have some breathing room because I am also working this evening. Tonight, is a peacemaking circle that will focus on altering the course of justice for one youth. We heard his story at our last circle. And we began to hear the story of his parents. Tonight we continue into our community and relationship bui