January 18, 2022

At the beginning of 2020, I had the immense honor of speaking at the UMC LEAD Conference, mere months before our lives were upended by the COVID-19 Pandemic. I spoke on the impact of small group settings and communities with no idea that I would soon be unable to meet in those kinds of spaces for more than a year. During the event, I also had the chance to listen to my friend Jenny Smith present on embodying a “palms… Read more

January 13, 2022

A few weeks ago, I began to explore my evolving sense that an embodied spirituality is one in which we develop the capacity to become faithful questioners and social poets. And for the past week or so, we have really focused on the social poet aspect of this: how do we engage the world around us as social poets? Today, I’d like to explore the final sphere of influence – the social or societal sphere – and how we can… Read more

January 12, 2022

  I recently wrote about spheres of influence here. It will give more context for this post!   For many of us, the most obvious spheres of influence we operate within are our community spheres: our faith communities, workplaces, volunteer organizations, etc. Generally speaking, if we’re not alone or in our personal spheres of influence, we’re probably in our community ones. These are the areas of our life where we can make the largest impact and work toward justice daily,… Read more

January 10, 2022

This is part one of a three-part series. You can find part two here and part three here. For me, talking about politics and religion is a bit of a family tradition. Whenever we get together, it rarely takes more than 30 minutes before the conversation begins to weave together the political activities of the day and my dad’s latest religious and spiritual quandary. Ah, the sounds of home. I love that my family is so thoughtful and willing to… Read more

January 6, 2022

In 2014, I joined a political campaign as a volunteer and committed to spending my weeknights and weekends to doorknocking, asking for money, and placing yard signs all over the central district of Seattle. It was awesome. There was so much energy throughout the campaign, a hodgepodge of young 20-40 year olds running around with a sense of righteous purpose. Everything we did had an air of intensity because we all believed this one election could change everything. (And for… Read more

January 4, 2022

A spirituality built on otherizing is not a mature spirituality. When I first wrote this line, I didn’t expect the amount of resonance it would find with people. It wasn’t exactly a throwaway phrase, but I hadn’t given it a ton of thought beyond recognizing its truth in my experience. Apparently others have similar experiences. Since it posted, quite a few people have mentioned it to me and it’s one of the main reasons Patheos offered me this online space…. Read more

January 3, 2022

I remember the first moment it all clicked for me.  I was sitting in a small chapel, the lights down low, and the soft candlelight flickering against the walls. Along with about twenty friends and community members, we were engaged in meditation – whatever that word meant for each of us. For me, with no formal training at the time in Centering Prayer or any specific form of meditation, it simply meant witnessing my thoughts. I would bring my posture… Read more

December 30, 2021

At the end of my last post, I shared two commitments I’m making to carry the energy of Christmas – honoring and affirming the divinity within all things – into the new year. I realized after I finished writing, I had a couple more ideas I wanted to share (even though I’m not yet ready to fully commit to them!) Here are five more ways you can practice an embodied spirituality that celebrates the incarnation and the divine within every… Read more

December 26, 2021

As so many of us come down from the Christmas high this week, and no doubt look around to realize there is cleaning and grocery shopping to be done, there is a question festering within me of how we might carry the energy of Christmas with us forward into the new year. When we celebrate Christmas as only the birthday of Jesus, it can become tempting to treat the next day as any other day. Just like aunts and uncles,… Read more

December 23, 2021

Whether I knew it or not, this question has been bouncing around in my head for quite awhile: what are we celebrating at Christmas? When I was a child, the answer seemed so simple: presents! And if I were really pressed about it, I might mention something about the birth of Baby Jesus. But as I’ve grown up, neither of these answers work much for me anymore. Every year, receiving presents seems less and less a priority, giving them feels… Read more

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