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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

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Today is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is the day of the year that people are encouraged to make charitable donations. Giving of themselves to help others. This is also our day to look at a prayer practice. So I wondered, isn't giving of ourselves financially a prayer practice? Scripture from all traditions encourages faithful giving. The third pillar of Islam is charity. Jewish and Christian scripture is replete with descriptions of giving monetarily and ensuring that enough food is left for the poor. “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” (1 John 3:17-18) "Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And n
Daily Practice 2017.09.21 – What will you give today?

Daily Practice 2017.09.21 – What will you give today?

Meditation Today (and until September 30th), I will be sharing from our sibling publication, The BeZine. Our issue this month is a pre-quel to our big event, 100,000 Poets for Change - a worldwide event of local poets and artists coming together to share their creations on peace, sustainability, and social justice. We will be holding a virtual event at The BeZine. You can read more about it here. Today, I'm sharing an excerpt from Naomi Baltuck's excellent photo-essay, Eclipsed. In her essay, she neatly pivots from the awe and wonder of the recent eclipse in North America to the awe and wonder of community; from the idea of being in the shadow of the eclipse to the idea of the shadow we are all living in. She says, "We have no special protective glasses for this unnatural phenomenon,
Daily Practice for November 24, 2016

Daily Practice for November 24, 2016

Word:  A short reflection for today! See, miracles do happen. Today, for Thanks and Giving in the US, I will be going to my church and basically doing a nine-hour work day. I will work on visual liturgy in the sanctuary and then being with the homeless and the volunteers that are coming to feed them. My treat today was sleeping in. For that, I am grateful! I am also grateful that I don't have to face hostile family situations as many are facing. I will be holding those who suffer in the holiday seasons in my thoughts today. ... What will you be holding today? ... Today's practice brings music from Los Lobos, a poem from an unknown author who was homeless or formerly homeless, along with a sacred quote from Wallace Stegner. Along with readings from the Jewish and Christian lectio