At the Altar

deep breath roll your stiff neck: right, slowly left, slowly right, slowly left, slowly deep breath listen: you are god’s testimony, a sign of god’s repentance deep breath pause from your race-of-a-journey: curl your toes, slowly flex your toes, slowly...

New Songs

Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, God’s praise in the assembly of the faithful. – Psalm 149:1 (NRSV) I used to sing. Not shower singing or holler-in-the-car singing or hum-to-myself singing, all of which I still do. But once upon a time, I sang in...

One of Another

Blessed are you, one of another, and most blessed is the other with whom you are one. Blessed is the rock and holy is the river, and beautiful are the shapes & spaces they cannot make without the other. Blessed is the breath and holy is the heart, and precious are...

Treading Water

In advanced swimming lessons and in lifeguard training, many years ago, treading water was my favorite part of the final tests. Far from being a challenge to exert as much energy and strength as possible, treading water was a challenge to conserve energy as much as...

Toast

Cheers to the causes that bring us together as unlikely allies — and blessings on the bread that keeps us seated around the same table. Cheers to the wounds that humble us all to ashes — and blessings on the deep cup that revives us to show up for another...

For Womxn

Have mercy on our tears, O God, for we have wept ever since Hagar’s heart broke over Ishmael and Rachel lamented her children. If we have won your favor, let our tears nourish protest. Have mercy on our rage, O God, for we have said “no” to death...

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