Saturday, April 17

Tag: Inter-Faith

Tuesday’s Temptation:  Mercilessness

Tuesday’s Temptation: Mercilessness

prayer, Prayer Practice
I just saw on the news today that the justice department, under Donald Trump, is now arguing that employers can fire LGBTQ folks.  There are no protections afforded to the queer community. "The question came up this week, when a lawyer for Trump's Department of Justice argued that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect LGBTQ Americans from being fired because of their sexual orientation—a complete reversal of the government's position on such matters under previous presidents."  Yahoo News. Hell.  We knew there were no protections for us.  Now we know that the government is going to make sure of it.  I am not really outraged by this administration.  I am wounded to my core.  The cause of my woundedness is not necessarily the evil that is happening in Washington, D.C. but in my lov...
Daily Practice for June 1, 2016

Daily Practice for June 1, 2016

Word: Wow. It has been about a month and a half since I did the last daily practice. I've been struggling with a chronic illness that has manifested in a new way. This new way has required new medicine. And, as my last doctor said, "Lupron, that's nasty stuff." But the alternative is a risky surgery. The surgery is a normal one - hysterectomy. But I have two scars . So a long, slow, tired slog through six months of treatment or a risky surgery. That's the choice. I shall choose the long road at this point. The presenting issue was bleeding. The problem is a large amount of fibroid tumors in inoperable places. I bled for four months. I am here to tell you now that the hemorrhaging woman story in the Bible cannot be true. It must be a metaphor. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in...

Shabbat Shalom

Grace, Hope, Lament, Religion, Spirituality, Theology
Often we think of Sabbath as Sunday. In fact, traditionally, Sunday is the Day of the Lord and sundown Friday to sundown Saturday remains the Sabbath time. Recently I went to Shabbat service at Kol Ami to experience the beginning of Sabbath, a dedicated time of reflecting on giving our lives and all there is to God. Going to a Jewish service is a little unnerving as it is generally in Hebrew, however, the Siddur (what would be like a hymnal) is written in Hebrew and English. It also has the transliteration so you can follow along. Whew! That allowed me to sort of keep up. When I entered the Narthex to join Kol Ami during Shabbat, I was a little nervous. After all, I know what we think when new people come and visit us! Often it is “Hooray!” How odd would it be to become the new person aga...