The Flower of Belonging

The Flower of Belonging
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Some years ago, I attended a training on community led by Malidoma Somé, an initiated elder of the Dagara people of Burkina Faso. When Malidoma said, “Community is the flower of belonging,” I assumed he meant community depends on belonging to a group – and I...
Prophets Help Us See

Prophets Help Us See
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Spend any time around religious folk and you’re bound to hear the term “prophetic” now and again. Prophetic imperatives, prophetic leadership, these times call for prophetic voices,…yada, yada. Beyond religion, commentators are now calling presidential...
Breathe Restlessness

Breathe Restlessness
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The UU Musicians Network recently gathered in Boston for their summer conference. This Ted Loder piece was shared in their worship with The Sanctuary Boston. (The poem, from Guerrillas of Grace, is also included in Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating...
For Sleep Walkers, Too

For Sleep Walkers, Too
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Sometimes we are gifted with an invitation so bold and loving it rocks our tiny minds and hearts. That happened to me this week as I watched Ferguson, Faith and the Future of Democracy, a video recording of Rev. Osagyefo Sekou’s address to the Washington and...
Devotee

Devotee
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Last Wednesday I had the great privilege of hearing Adrienne Maree Brown speak at this event, “Octavia’s Brood Tour in Boston: Black to the Future,” hosted by the brilliant Boston-based organizers Intelligent Mischief. I hope a future post will be a...
On White People Loving Themselves

On White People Loving Themselves
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I recently encountered a letter James Baldwin wrote to Angela Davis in 1970 in reference to a Newsweek cover story. I have been mulling over it since. In particular, I was struck by this: White people will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love...