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Tuesday’s Temptation:  Forgetting

Tuesday’s Temptation: Forgetting

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
Daily Practice 2016.02.10

Daily Practice 2016.02.10

Word: Today is the beginning of Lent. In the Christian tradition, this is a time set aside for an interior journey. Most traditions have this type of interior journey. Judaism has Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and Islam has Ramadan. Other spiritual paths have similar times set aside for the interior journey. There is a chart at beliefnet outlining this here. This clarifies that there is a human urge for both ritual and interior examination. Today, I am inspired by the music of Dotan, poetry of Hafiz, and sacred words of Robert G. Ingersoll and Basho. Deborah Globus, a dear friend, writes about ritual within the context of daily living. She describes the four elements needed in effective personal ritual on her website. I am tempted to describe her four steps, but I don't want to absc