Fast of Embodied Solidarity

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The Lenten season begins by people asking what they need to do or give up to live into their faith. This year I've spent a considerable amount of time questioning what it means to not only call myself a Christian but how I can live in a way that honors the teachings and example of Jesus. I'm drawn to the words of Micah 6:8 that remind me that part of this is lived through standing for justice, embracing mercy, and walking humbly before God and others.What does that even mean?Well...I'm … [Read more...]

“Doing” Lent

Lent arrives this week with its themes of fasting, reflection, and penance. As I prepare, I am aware that this season requires countercultural ways of being – of living – that don’t come easily to most of us. We’ve become accustomed to our routines and privileges and feel comforted and entitled to having them in our lives.Fasting is the opposite of the communal gluttony that football fans just enjoyed on Super Bowl Sunday. Reflection is difficult in the midst of the siren calls of email, Face … [Read more...]

The Fidelity Of Limits

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Below is an interview with Associate Chaplain of the United Methodist Protestant Community at American University (and my husband), David Finnegan-Hosey, on the fidelity of limits.This interview was inspired by real life circumstances. David and I were married in September, by November we had already moved and started three new jobs each. With this rapid onslaught of life transitions came stress, anxiety, exhaustion, and depression. When we finally came to terms with our limitations things … [Read more...]

Death, Grieving and the Christmas Story

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Earlier in December my mother-in-law suddenly passed away. It was totally unexpected. You might say she was the picture of health and energy for a woman in her mid sixties. It took us all by surprise and initiated a season of grieving in the life of our large family. Since my mother-in-law died, many people have reached out to us. They've reached out to show their support, to offer their condolences and to help us feel that we were not alone in what we are experiencing. Many friends … [Read more...]

A Little Christmas Hope

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The Nativity scene is one of my favorite parts of the Advent/Christmas season. Remembering the stories of childhood, the mystery of the biblical narrative, and the beautiful images that are almost other-worldly. Angels worshipping from the skies above, stars shooting across the Milky Way, and wise men travelling from thousands of miles with great gifts. While it’s easy to put all this in context and question the way it all really went, it’s still a beautiful picture. One that captures our ima … [Read more...]

The Lie of Separation

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Back in May 2015 I was signed up for a weekend training in NYC with Phoenix Rising Yoga therapy.The day before I had the thought "I love learning new things; especially about yoga!" and suddenly a new deeper thought came in-- 'This isnt about learning dear. This is about healing." Woah!! What have I got to heal? Haven't I done enough deep work during the 8 months of yoga teacher training I completed in Novemebr? Such a silly girl-- there is ALWAYS more to heal.Upon arrival our very first … [Read more...]

The Hiddenness of God, How Resurrection Can Be Disappointing, and the Future of the Church

Kelley Hudlow is an attorney and Episcopal Deacon who lives in Alabama. She recently invited me onto her podcast  for a conversation about Resurrection and the story of the two disciples walking with Christ on the road to Emmaus. As we spoke, I was greatly encouraged by the idea that God's resurrection life may be all around us in our sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly, ordinary lives. The conversation explored different topics: the hiddenness of God, how resurrection can be disappointing, a … [Read more...]

Palm Passion Sunday – Hosanna

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What an awkward day this past Sunday was, Palm Passion Sunday. Or maybe that’s just how I feel about Palm Passion Sunday.The tumblr feed EV'RY DAY I'M PASTORIN'… imagines Palm Passion Sunday like this:<http://everydayimpastoring.tumblr.com/post/114771705131/palm-passion-sunday>That awkward blending of two things that just down seem to go together.  A shark and a horse.Is that what you think of when you think of Palm Passion Sunday?  On the one hand celebrating the trium … [Read more...]

Lenten Peace in Israel

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Today There are three big things in my cultural-religious mind going on today. Today is St Patrick's Day. It is also Lent. And it's Israeli Election Day.  First, St. Patricks's Day. With a maiden name like Riley O'Brien, each year on this day I try to feel a sense of connection to my Irish roots. And I never do. I've never been to Ireland and I don't even drink. Instead, observance of St Patricks Day for me is usually something closer to shuffling into my closet and thinking, "Shoot! Why don't … [Read more...]

A Prayer for Black History Month and the Lenten Season

Loving God, who reigns on Earth as it is in HeavenFather God Whom the prophet Isaiah called the Mother of Zion,We come to you with humble and contrite hearts,Asking for the repentance of our sins, both known and unknown,Forgive us for our sins as well as forgive those who sin against us.We pray that we can experience reconciliation, truth, and peace,You, Oh God, are the God of Life, the Spirit of FreedomYou are the God of Moses, and the prophet Miriam, Harriet Tubman, … [Read more...]


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