Wednesday, October 21
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Ritual for Release on the Sabbath Day

Ritual for Release on the Sabbath Day

Rituals, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Ritual for Release on the Sabbath Day Social justice work can often seem to be very sad and disenchanting. You really do run into the worst of people. However, you also meet the best in people. Where they transcend what-is and move into what-shall-be. I find that Sabbath is necessary to sustain social justice work. Sabbath from everything that I’ve learned is grounded in work-stoppage, rest, being in contrast to the prevailing economy, and holiness. Why do I say these things? The recognition of Sabbath comes from the creation story in Hebrew scripture in Genesis. G*d does all this work creating the world and everything in it in six days. And on the seventh day, comes rest from creating. That is work-stoppage and rest! The command to honor Sabbath comes down to the Israelites af...
Transformational Sabbath

Transformational Sabbath

sabbath, spiritual practice, Spirituality
On this Sabbath, I have been trying to discern something to say about the Ferguson/Michael Brown/Darrin Wilson situation. And especially what to say in the context of the meaning of Sabbath. A complicated matter! I assure you! But here it is. Scholar Walter Breuggemann reminds readers in Sabbath as Resistance that the ten commandments (Decalogue) and the exodus in general (fleeing from Egypt/slavery) happens in direct contrast to Egypt. Then as the Israelites wander through the desert, they are called to rest even before the Decalogue is given. They are told to gather twice as much food on the sixth day so that they will also be satisfied on the seventh day as the seventh day is to be a day of holiness. Holiness. Holiness comes from the Greek word hagios which means sacred, healing, who...
Seeing Holiness in All That Is

Seeing Holiness in All That Is

Haiku, spiritual practice, Spirituality
...I was, I am, I will always be... Really, that's the definition of the Holy Name that G*d passes on to Moses. This infinitive form of the verb "to be," makes me think of even more! Couple that with the declaration in the book of Genesis, Let us make humans in our own image! Male AND female G*d created them Pastor Lawrence T. Richardson expanded a bit on this. Instead of our traditional understanding that would be more of male OR female, G*d created them, it is male AND female. He is a transgender, queer-identified pastor, someone who has been created both male and female and claims both. Pastor Richardson talks of transgender people being the epitome of G*d since they are both male AND female rather than either/or. Now, I don't really agree that there is a hierarchy of being most made i...