How God Can Be Born Even Here

Over the past two months, my faith community has been exploring how the story of Jesus’ birth reveals the possibility that all of life is holy. Early in November we spoke about sacred time and a week later -- one day after the Paris attacks – someone from the community boldly proclaimed the sanctity of every person, regardless of their wrong doings. Recently, they asked me to tackle “sacred space,” and as I thought about the topic this week, I began to wonder if Christmas Eve - the night we medit … [Read more...]

Is the God Life for whoever can get there?

Chelsea Jay is a 24-year old model in the United Kingdom. She is the Director of Disability for Models of Diversity, a campaign to include a wide variety of bodies in the media people see every day. Jay had been in conversation with The Clothes Show, a live fashion and beauty event, for a year, pressing the issue of lack of diversity in the event. The Clothes Show invited Jay to speak at a panel, so she took a four-hour journey on three trains to get to the show. When she got there Jay … [Read more...]

Kingdom vs Empire

 This is a sermon that I wrote for Christ the King Sunday. It was given to the American University Methodist Protestant Community and commemorates yet another year of their commitment to being a reconciling community. The scriptures that this sermon reflects on are,  John 18:33-37, and Psalm 146 .  In John 18, we see two leaders who represent two different powers. Pilot, the man in charge of this meeting, represents the Roman Empire. Jesus, the man on trial, represent the Kingdom o … [Read more...]

Christian Prejudice Towards Muslims is Antithetical to the Way of Jesus

As a Christian, I find the anti-Muslim rhetoric and prejudice, expressed in general and by Christian leaders in particular, appalling and contrary to the spirit of what Christ teaches. Fear produces irrational thinking. This irrational  thinking, combined with prejudice towards specific groups of people, creates shameful and immoral behavior that future generations look back on and say "I can't believe everyone back then stood by and watched and approved of (slavery, internment, segregation, … [Read more...]

The Lie of Separation

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...]

On Not Stinking Up The Place or Going Fragrance-Free

In many Jesus stories, the way things turned out, usually well, was completely unpredictable from the way the story began. It was almost as though Jesus’s friends could have prepared themselves best if they had said to each other, “OK, here’s the deal. Today, Jesus is probably going to blow our minds. Let’s pay attention.”Jesus was really good at paying attention, of course. There was the time They were in a crowd and a woman who had been sick for twelve years touched Their robe. “I felt some … [Read more...]

Father Richard Rohr on Sacred Wounds by Author Teresa Pasquale

Father Richard Rohr authored the foreword for Teresa Pasquale's new book, Sacred Wounds: A Path to Healing from Spiritual Trauma released today by Chalice Press. Chalice has made the foreword available and we thought this would be great to share in the post-modern church conversation / movement. We at Emerging Voices have been huge fans of Teresa's healing work for a couple of years and are excited to see this work become widely available and accessible. Foreword by Father Richard … [Read more...]

God in a Mushroom

What can a mushroom teach us about God? The building I work in has rows of peace lilies and palms growing indoors. It's a beautiful part of the building, a conference center, full of natural light and open space. There's a caretaker who, twice a week or so, tends to the plants, watering them, trimming away dead leaves, et cetera. One day, though, I noticed he missed a sizable mushroom:At first, I didn't think much of it, but as I walked away, it stuck with me. I came to the conclusion … [Read more...]

Inevitable: the death of news as we know it

Sometimes, I just think in poetry. Today is such a day. Sometimes, when I spend a lot of time on social media, soaking in what others say, and sharing what I've read and viewed, this is how the thoughts come out. Life is often too heavy to engage head on. Some of us make it our life's work to rage at the sun on other people's behalf. It's hard to see clearly through the tears. Ephemeral is what life feels like when contemplating the greater scheme of things. . . Inevitable is a condition I find … [Read more...]

The Ballad of Ruth and Naomi

The following is a sermon I delivered at Church of the Common Table  as one of three reflections on the book of Ruth in conversation with the Syrian refugee crisis. To read those, and other brilliant musings, visit our Tumblr.   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Earlier this week, while riffling through the Pandora’s box of chaos that is our Tupperware drawer, I came across an … [Read more...]