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Daily Practice for August 20, 2016

Daily Practice for August 20, 2016

Word:  I definitely overdid it yesterday. Today, my intention is to be brief and then to attend to self-care. We'll see how that works out. :) Part of yesterday's over-doing it was to participate in a Peacemaking Circle*. The circle was called to interrupt the normal punitive process for a youth who committed "Rob 1." Rob 1 is: (1) A person is guilty of robbery in the first degree if: (a) In the commission of a robbery or of immediate flight therefrom, he or she: (i) Is armed with a deadly weapon; or (ii) Displays what appears to be a firearm or other deadly weapon; or (iii) Inflicts bodily injury; or (b) He or she commits a robbery within and against a financial institution as defined in RCW 7.88.010 or 35.38.060 (2) Robbery in the first degree is a class A felony. This youth,...
Daily Practice for June 30, 2016

Daily Practice for June 30, 2016

Word: Today, I am nearly at a loss for words! That happens so rarely for me. :) One of the youth I have worked with over the years is homeless and on the streets and I am frustrated. Their story goes like this. This youth was adopted as a young person. They are of Latinex, First People, and other ethnicities. They lived in a small town but were unmanageable. They spent years going in and out of mental institutions and group homes. Then, eventually, wound up in juvenile detention. They stabilized. As they stabilized, they realized that they were transgender. At the age of 18 and at the end of their sentence, they aged out of detention. To where? A homeless shelter in King County. I don't even know why they were sent to King County. They are not from there at all. I thought peop...
Inspiration in "Woman Behold Your Son"

Inspiration in "Woman Behold Your Son"

spiritual practice, Spirituality
This is from a short homily I delivered regarding a few of the last words of Jesus. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour, the disciple received her as his own. - John 19:26-27, translation my own. Note below. What if every time we left a vulnerable, grieving member of our family behind, we turned to another beloved and said, “Please, receive my family as your family.” But we are not taught to do this! Our culture has us holding our chin up! Standing on our own two feet! You should learn to be self-reliant! Have you heard these messages? “You can do it if you try!” Recently, as in Tuesday, I heard similar words come from a youth’s mouth. ...