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Thoughtful Tuesday: An artful response

Thoughtful Tuesday: An artful response

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Argh! I am just beginning sabbatical. I packed everything. And the tiny suitcase of my art supplies is sitting. at. home. So, pleh. I am officially on sabbatical. It started Sunday just after launching Manna: An Online Worship for All. That effort, to launch a new service, in a new way, on time, and with zero budget, I suppose, was an artful response to the woes of the world. We created Manna to stand in for those people who are in places where they cannot access a Christian community that affirms who they are. It is planned and led by LGBTQIA+ people. We had people as far flung as Cambodia, Sierra Leone, the Congo, England, and of course, all ends in the US, but especially, I noticed, the southern ends. It is true that the Christian south has a reputation for not including, aff...
Tuesday’s Thoughts: J Mase III’s Artful Response to Life

Tuesday’s Thoughts: J Mase III’s Artful Response to Life

Art, book review, spirit, spiritual growth, spiritual practice, spiritual practices, Spirituality
Responding artfully is a trauma informed care practice as it takes you out of your wordy brain and into other parts of your knowledge or knowing process. Often we privilege language over other ways of knowing. J Mase III, in his latest book, And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer’s Reflections on Grief, Unemployment & Inappropriate Jokes About Death, through the use of language, weaves together other responses such as emotion, imagination, and your felt senses. I know, it's hard to imagine how a book which is necessarily immersed in language can do that, but it does! And here is how: Mase shares his life authentically through prose and poetry. Poetry connects to imagination, one of the ways of knowing.Mase invites the reader to explore their own emotions. Emotion is a way of knowing
Embracing My “You”ness

Embracing My “You”ness

awareness, Christianity, Gratitude, Religion, spiritual practice, Spirituality
                                                                                                                  (image credit: Purposeful Gratitude) Today I am grateful for the clergy and seminarians in my life that have helped me with a question that I've really been struggling with internally. That question is one a lot of us ask but it felt unique to me... "Why Did Goddess create me trans and non-binary?" I had a chance to ask one seminarian and 4 clergy people. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by queer clergy and seminarians that can help me reconcile my faith in Goddess and my trans identity. Today I am grateful for the fact I've been intentionally created by the Goddess Herself. Not necessarily to be trans but to challenge rigid binaries that are used to sow hatred and defen