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Tuesday’s Temptation:  Forgetting

Tuesday’s Temptation: Forgetting

prayer
I have a photo of myself from 2004 standing on the steps of Olympia.  I'm the person behind the young woman who is centered (behind and to the left, bowing my head in prayer).  The young woman is Lyda Barr.  She baby-sat my kids back in the day.  On this day in Olympia, I began the first of my outward stands on the full inclusion of LGBTQIA folx in the life of our society and in the life of my church. I was reminded that this was fourteen years ago because that is the same amount of time since the church trial of Rev. Karen Dammann who was acquitted of the crime of being a lesbian on March 21, 2004.  This stand in Olympia was about a month prior to that.  This was the fifth year of my membership in the United Methodist Church and the beginning of my call to ordained ministry.  I owe
Inspiration Sunday: Banging the Gong

Inspiration Sunday: Banging the Gong

Essay, Photography, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Friday, I joined in with the Congregations for the Homeless to honor the homeless count in King County. You see, Thursday evening was the night that volunteers go out around the country and count the homeless people. They found 3,117 people in King County. But here is what you need to know ... the volunteers are only allowed to go into circumscribed areas. Homeless people know what those areas are. At least half leave the proscribed areas. So the true count of people on the streets is at least double. And it is a 14% increase over last year. And it doesn't count people in temporary shelters, transitional shelters, or "couch surfing."  What do you think the true count of homeless would be? Triple? Quadruple? This is one urban county in one state in one nation in one part of the world. The
Inspiration Sunday: Walking the Sacred Path with President Nelson Mandela

Inspiration Sunday: Walking the Sacred Path with President Nelson Mandela

Essay, spiritual practice, Spirituality
This post is complementary to a post created at www.intothebardo.wordpress.com . I encourage you to read this and then read that post. At The Bardo Group, they have been walking with President Nelson Mandela this week. A few folks have created posts inspired by the life and work that has so inspired the world. And on this day where we honor that which Inspires, focusing on President Mandela seems good and right. President Mandela was a man who had an understanding of humanity called Ubuntu. Ubuntu is the belief that "I am because we are." The success of one person is intertwined with the success-or failure-of all. He could have stopped working when apartheid became a thing of the past in South Africa, but because his ultimate concern was beyond his own self, he continued working to chang...