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Empathy and the Incarnation

At-One-Ment, Christmas, empathy, incarnation
https://vimeo.com/112105858 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” John 1:14, NIV “Empathy is feeling with people… a kind of sacred space when someone is… in a deep hole… and we climb down [and say], “Hey I know what it’s like down here and you’re not alone” Brené Brown, RSA talk, Youtube I've been reading some things this holiday season about how some people don't celebrate Christmas at the usual time of December 25. I know that the origin of that date came from some pagan festival and Jesus was more likely born in warmer weather.  But I still celebrate it now because of the symbolism that the Incarnation is. It isn't really that important WHEN Jesus was born. It is important THAT Jesus was born. God/Goddess became man so that He/She could experience life from ...
Daily Practice for November 18, 2016

Daily Practice for November 18, 2016

Word:  I pulled three tarot cards this morning in the past/present/future spread. Super interesting. Past: Octopus: "Practice shapeshifting by altering your physical appearance and mannerisms" Present: Kiwi: "Do a walking meditation each day for the next week" Future: Seagull: "Now is the time for deep emotional healing" In the recent past, in my new appointment, I have been observing and participating without leading in the way I am accustomed to leading. I think there were two psychological/physical pressures at play. (1) I am a new associate pastor appointed just in July to work with a seasoned and beloved veteran. (2) I am still somewhat recovering from the intense health journey of the first 9 months of this year, so energy has been an issue. With these two pressures in mind, I h...
Daily Practice for 2016.01.15

Daily Practice for 2016.01.15

Word I am focusing on using people's vision words for 2016 for a few daily prayers. Today, I am using "forgiveness" from Paula to guide my selections. If you share your word, I will use it over the next few days! Actually, Paula requested empathy/forgiveness so perhaps that is a clue to how we think about forgiveness. Opening our hearts to the other so we can let go of the anger that they have caused and move into forgiveness. One of the most difficult tasks in the empathy/forgiveness circle is forgiving your oppressor. But it is necessary for personal growth to move beyond punishment and into mercy. How do people of color forgive their oppressor? How does the LGBTQIAP, etc., community forgive their oppressor? How do female gendered people forgive their oppressor? This is a constant, h...