Mamie, Did you Know? A Mother’s Day Poem for Mamie Till-Mobley

Mamie, did you know that your baby boy would one day be pulled from the water? Mamie, did you know that your baby boy would not be allowed to have his own sons or daughters? Did you know that your baby boy would someday make the news? This child that you've delivered, would face so much abuse?Mamie, did you know that your baby boy, would one day make you famous? Mamie, did you know that his death, it would inflame us? Did you know that your baby boy would walk too soon where angels … [Read more...]

An Inaugural Prayer

Holy God,Help UsHelp us learn that we are our brother's keeper.Help us to know that we need each other.That each one is connected to every other one. We need empathy. We need compassion. We need ears to hear, hearts to feel, and mouths to stop talking.Break our pride, replace it with dedication to your Kingdom's goal, that all will know you and none will want or cry.As we face another political transition, we beg you, God, to grant our leaders:PatienceA thirst for … [Read more...]

A Post-Election Poem

I want you to keep my name out of your mouth.It doesn't matter where you go, East, West,  North, or South,you've got at lot to say about me.I'm everything you need. I hold the key,to your success,but all you leave me with is fear.What comes next?Are you actually going to fix all the broken windows,broken lives, broken families, broken hearts?You want me to think this is where the solution starts.Here, with a vote for you,but really, when you look at … [Read more...]

GRACE, a Name we can all Adopt

A store clerk looked at my credit card last week and asked, "What does your name mean, Anita? It is so beautiful". I responded that I once knew, but had forgotten… that I would google it.Apparently, my name means GRACE and I couldn't have been happier to learn or re-learn this little fact. I have always loved that word.While I was preparing for yoga with the ladies of the Phila. Federal Detention Center (FDC), I decided to research the meaning of many of their names:Donna- l … [Read more...]

Now – A poem and painting reminding us to be present

This year I have been thinking about how to get the most out of life. What I landed upon was to be more present in each moment. But that is hard to do. I consider it a skill that is learned and practiced. So this year I have been meditating on what it means to experience the presence, to feel it, and to pay attention to it. I want to realize that "power of now" that so many spiritual masters speak of. This squares with my Christian spiritual practices because I believe we can be more open to … [Read more...]

Fast of Embodied Solidarity

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...]

Slave to Love

When did this happen?  She felt like an overcooked porkchop...Where was her essence, flavor or juiciness for life?  Curiosity dried up;  just a slave to lists, responsibilities and have to's.  When had she last danced a samba naked, wild  pulsating heart matching a sultry bassline?  Her heart restless and  bones dry, she desired passion and tenderness whether in the forest alone or beneath the covers with her lover. She had read in 1 corinthians 12:21 The eye cannot say to the hand, I don't … [Read more...]

What does emergent mean to a parish church?

I’ve read enough about the Emergent Church to ask the question, “What does emergent mean” in the context of a parish church?A dictionary defines emergent as something that is either coming into being or coming into prominence. Another dictionary defines emergent as newly formed and arising unexpectedly. A business dictionary defines emergent as only being knowable when the whole system is seen and understood. This Emerging Voices blog describes itself as a voice of Emerging Christianity, “rid … [Read more...]

She was a friend of God

She was a friend of GODI’m just getting in from my friend of 33 years mother’s funeral. She’s being buried on her 91st birthday!! What a glorious and full life!! I wouldn't have missed the service for anything. Rita Law was a woman I always gravitated toward at family/friend gatherings. Her light was so bright, I was like a moth to her vibrant flame. Her last few years were marred by worsening dementia and yet one could always sense her inner radiance.Rita raised seven children— all pilla … [Read more...]