You and I and We

Beloveds…. There is no all-powerful “they” out there who is going to swoop in and stop this. There is no one coming to end these injustices and degradations once-and-for-all. I have to admit something. Each morning, these days, I wake up, and I realize some part of me is holding my breath in anticipation. I’m … Continue reading

When Ashes & Roses Collide— This Valentine’s Day, Love Bigger

 For Christians, two holidays collide on February 14th: Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. Ashen foreheads alongside bundles of roses and heart-shaped boxes is not an ideal pairing. Being reminded that “we are dust and will return to the dust” is decidedly not an aphrodisiac. Yet maybe this awkward juxtaposition might help people of faith remember who we … Continue reading

Let’s Move Beyond Fear of the Words “White Supremacy,” and Say Yes to Racial Justice!

[Friends, in this love letter to white Unitarian Universalists (originally published on Medium), Chris Crass calls his community to choose to stay. To stay and say “White supremacy, you cannot have me. You cannot have my family; you cannot have my faith; you cannot have my congregation.” His words speak well beyond the UUA too, to those of … Continue reading

A Liturgical Die-In

From Jen: In days such as these words can seem so inadequate for naming what it is we are experiencing and the visions of life, justice and truth for which we long. Moving through ritual, liturgy, and the body is another powerful way we can and must move. This blog post describes such a liturgy–a liturgical … Continue reading

What Did You Say About Race Today?

We’re holding our breath. At least, I’m holding mine. Any minute the jury will announce its verdict on whether or not Darren Wilson will be tried for killing Michael Brown. As we wait, let us not forget what a verdict actually is in this country: something that has long had little to do with whether justice has … Continue reading

I Don’t Feel Bad About Being White, 1

It’s strange to have to claim it: “I don’t feel bad about being white.” But claim it I must. The weird and sad fact is that there’s an all too familiar experience among those of us who are white and trying to figure out how to be anti-racist allies. At some point most of us … Continue reading

Returning….

That picture isn’t of me. It’s just a picture of what I wish I looked when I’m doing crow pose. The (totally unannounced) hiatus I took from this blog in the last four months had nothing to do with stepping back to re-work it and now returning to announce a new and improved website. It … Continue reading

THANKSGIVING 1 (A REPRISE)

November’s a beautiful and dangerous month. Yesterday when I opened my daughter’s backpack after school, tips of multi-colored construction paper feathers poked out . . . Momentary pause. As I pulled her construction out, I breathed a sigh of relief. It was only a turkey. But that moment made me recall a post from last … Continue reading

GOING TO THE MAT: 1

And on the tenth day…. she did yoga. And it sucked. It really, really sucked. This isn’t a yoga blog. But it’s true that I’m yoga-obsessed. So, here’s just enough context to explain where this piece is coming from: I’m a recent convert. I started life soccer-obsessed. By high school, running came on board. When … Continue reading

3 LESSONS FROM MY MOM’S DAY

I wrote a paper in college about my mom. In it I said she was the first person to have taught me to embrace feminism. That she did it without using the word or claiming the term for herself. I also stated grandly that her “sisters” would be better off if she came out as … Continue reading

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