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Jamming at Jimmy’s and Waiting the Call

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(picture credit by M.Div Josh Evans)

This is the bonding of the community, and those who are pulled towards our shores.

A moment when the weight of the world, cupped in our hearts, can be fluidly poured into candles before us

and in that moment allows us to just be sisters and brothers in Christ and in Faith

in laughter and in joy

We open our souls to those who have been pulled, whom the Creator has whispered

who have been drawn to where we are, to explore exactly what this is. 

Thankful that our Seminary Sampler guests joined in fellowship with us.

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(picture credit by Senior M.Div Stephanie Wood)

Technology seems to always be at our  fingertips, even when we strive to pass the peace, connecting hands

Never more so did we cling to technology this week as we awaited the call to answer the question..

What Synod?

We remain vigilant and vigil as one by one we receive the call, 

yet not fully exhaling until all of us receive the call

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We remain hopeful; there is a reason why we are here,

as these tealights shine softly in this sacred space

so too, we pray that our voices which are lifted up for those whose voices are not heard

beginning to transform this place

one person at a time.

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Watching, Waiting, Awakening-#reLent

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Yesterday seemed as if we danced in parallel worlds.

The air of Ash Wednesday and its mystery has been, over the past couple of years, lifted for me into that time where there is an understanding of coming home once more, to be in the presence of the Creator with the masks lifted and torn from our faces, unveiling and exposing our fragility and vulnerability to who we are as God’s children.

Sometimes in these moments of preparing sacred space, there is chaos to where sometimes one wishes just to have the ability to be in the moment, nestled in those ashes, to be prayed over and sent out reminding others of our purpose along this journey.

Sometimes we are those charged with #watching; watching for the shift in the atmosphere, when the Holy Spirit descends among the beloved community, pushing aside those doors which block us from being in relationship with the Creator and showing us the #way, that there is starkness and emptiness and we, as God’s vessels..because we are made in the Image of the Divine, are called to fill each of these places wrought with fear, sorrow, injustice and longing with the Love that can not be described or categorized but Lived, empowering us when the darkness disrupts the fluidity of Life.

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Yesterday once more surrounded by ever flowing waters, guided by sacred lamps, we were reminded again how the Light has guided our journey throughout this time at Seminary

“Oh Lord hear my prayer

Oh Lord hear my prayer

When I call, answer me

Oh Lord hear my prayer

Oh Lord hear my prayer

Come and listen to me”


Pushing the Envelope, Confronting the Past

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Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Let’s be clear-

Celebrating Black History Month, African Descent Month is not about assimilating

regurgitating those People of Color whose lives have been co-opted

to sing Kumbaya.

As with any month that is dedicated to uplifting the history, the heritage and the culture

of ancient peoples,

This month recognizes the warriors, those freedom fighters

those infused with the fiery Spirit to challenge and call us to attention

of the responsibilities and the ministry we should be immersed in.

We are called to the painful healing process,

of that which has been done in the darkness

in the blackness of abyss surrounding humanity hearts

When we do not see the reflection of Christ in one another

Never more was this true, with those of my people

who were not slaves in Africa,

But were ripped from the shores to be enslaved

affirmed through the distortion of Christianity

Therefore throughout our exiled existence, we have struggled with the paradox

of celebrating the Creator of All

marked with the sign of the Cross…

But..

through the Cross there is a radical revelation of God, to be in and with community where there is suffering, despair and where people feel abandoned

So…

we step out from the shadow of the Cross transformed,renewed, released

And…

upon our faces, our dark faces, our black faces, our brown faces, our broken faces, our bruised faces, our bloodied faces..

the reflection of Christ who challenges those who refuse to see the Gospel in our eyes

and hear it proclaimed in our voices

even as it is preached in musical, lyrical, powerful languages

We are a people of forgiveness, of love…because we understand that Call.

So hear the truth, understand the pain, and journey alongside us.

Lape Bondye, God’s Peace.