Signs of Strength: Thoughts on the Women’s March

Guest post: Dr. Kimberly JonesOne of the first signs that I saw as we trekked into Washington DC for the Women’s March contained these iconic words:Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.Since the election, I have despaired that our country has moved so far from this welcoming spirit… until yesterday.I gathered … [Read more...]

Creative Resistance: 7 (Other) Ways to Spend Inauguration Day

Despite the American flag shaped fireworks lighting up the sky, it is a dark day. There's no denying it.But it's important to remember that the incoming President, whatever hatred, aggression and ugliness he represents, is only one person. And he is a symptom of the larger disease, not the disease itself. America's larger chronic illness is rooted in systemic racism, subjugation of women, greed, and fear of the other. These are the conditions that got this man elected President, and these … [Read more...]

Back to Work For Affordable Healthcare

It's kind of a fog, but from what I recall, we had a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old. 2 kids in diapers. 2 kids who needed naps at different times of the day, and who needed to eat every 2 hours or so. 2 car seats with complicated buckles to fumble in the triple-digit heat. The older one was a chronic thumb-sucker, and in part-time day care. So we were all sick, all the time. We'd pass it around, and by the time the last one of us was better, a new and exciting germ funk would be making the rounds. T … [Read more...]

A Confession For MLK Day: What Trump’s John Lewis Tweets Say About Us

I confess, not much surprises me anymore.After the election, I became a little despondent. That America could elect a known misogynist who has no respect for women; a man who stoked racial tensions for his own political gain, and then blamed the existence of those tensions on the first black President; a man with know political experience or proven track record in... well anything; a man who exploited the faith of millions of Americans by saying a few magic words, while showing no real life … [Read more...]

10 Words From Obama’s Farewell Speech (That You Won’t Hear Again For Awhile)

In 2005, I attended a Sojourner's conference in D.C. The theme was ending poverty, and the gathering was mostly young clergy, social workers and community organizers. My friends and I had a series of misadventures getting there--everything from terrible weather to airline incompetence--and by the time we arrived, we were soaking wet, a day late and SEVERAL dollars short, and had no clothes but the ones we were wearing. We rolled through our first day grumbling that no way was this worth … [Read more...]

The Difference Between Celebrity and Authority: Meryl Streep Gets It, Trump Never Will

Her Highness Meryl Streep preached a sermon at the Golden Globes last night.As she accepted the Cecile B. deMille award, she did not use her moment at the microphone to selfishly reflect on her career, or to thank her mama. As one of the most decorated performers of all time, she has had plenty of other occasions to do that.Instead, she took a moment to express her concern about the behavior and temperament of the incoming President; she called him out on his mocking of a disabled … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Care for Someone (When Nothing Will Fix It)

You just can't imagine what they must be going through. You don't know what you could possibly do to help. You have no idea what to say.Thing is... No one does. There is no magic formula of care and concern, words and deeds that will make this terrible thing better for this person you love. The death of a spouse, the cancer diagnosis, the divorce, the job loss, the debilitating accident, the incarcerated daughter... You can't fix it. Very often, not even a professional can fix it--not a d … [Read more...]

The End of Words: A Zechariah Advent

Thanks to the magic of Facebook pop-up memories, I revisit the posts of Christmas Past on a pretty regular basis. The last few weeks' flashbacks have shown me that, every year around this time, I have a viral blog post. Almost like clockwork, I write some clever ode to terrible Christmas music, a survival guide for clergy with young children, or a snarky diatribe about the so-called War on Christmas. According to the calendar, I am due for such a post right about now.But this is not going to … [Read more...]

Do Not Be Afraid: Calling All Angels

 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child con … [Read more...]