We blog regularly here about noticing beloved community in our midst.

We hope these reflections help us all pay better attention to being the love.

Imagining Winning

My dear friend Ilana recently shared with me Aurora Levin Morales’ poem “Vahavta.” Part of it reads: imagine winning. This is your sacred task. This is your power. Imagine every detail of winning, the exact smell of the summer streets in which no one has been shot,...

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Embracing Interdependence

Walter Brueggemann is a favorite theologian and I’ve been working my way through his book of daily lenten devotions, A Way Other Than Our Own.  “The summons of Lent,” says Brueggemann, is to “bear new fruit by doing what is in sync with God.” What does it mean to be...

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Hidden Wounds, Hidden Gifts

About four years ago, I was flipping through books in a church library during a break from choir rehearsal.  These words made me stop flipping: I believe that many – perhaps all – of our gifts may be understood in terms of our suffering. The relation is simple: if we...

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Do Your Teaspoon

Anyone feeling exhausted already even though we're not even a month into the new U.S. administration? So many marches, vigils, protests, declarations, petitions! So many organizing meetings! And so many posts to read, reports to watch, updates to listen to. Hyper...

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Enemy Images Be Gone From Me

When the most recent issue of Tikkun magazine arrived, I opened it immediately eager to read the editorial by Rabbi Michael Lerner, “Overcoming Trumpism: A New Strategy for Progressives.” It isn’t what I expected. It isn't about the psychopathology of Donald Trump....

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Attenders & Distractors

This morning, Greenpeace activists dropped a giant “RESIST” banner from a crane next to the White House. And I cannot look away. I want to see and hear everything. I am attending to this action. Last summer, while completing a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education...

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Weaving Prayers with Standing Rock

Around the globe, powerful interests are destroying ecosystems and landscapes, clearcutting, strip mining, and polluting. In every case, the destroyers have more military, political, and financial power than those who would resist them. If this planet and our...

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Disagreement and Connection After November 8

“How do you talk to someone you have fundamental disagreements with?” A religious educator asked me this question this week as she sought my help in guiding youth about how to have conversations across divides. I felt stumped and flagged the email to get to later....

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  • Love is the passion of people clarifying their beliefs and values through each other. Phoebe Eng

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