Category Archives: In The Spirit of Things

A Dream of a Holy Economics

(Normally, I don’t post sermon texts, but some have asked for this one. From this morning, July 1, 2018; 1 Kings 17. Seems word gets round. So, here it is.) So, lately, I’ve been thinking about this idea, G-d the economist. … Continue reading

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Is Advent Waiting on Us?

I’m drawn to pondering Jesus’ use of the word we translate as salvation—a word, since, oddly associated with this far-off, yet-to-come intervention on which we wait; a word concerned, long now, with the state of our eternal souls rather than the state of our world. The Hebrew word for salvation, yeshuah, comes from the root, yasha, which means to be or to make wide. Danger and evil are narrow spaces—places where circumstances are closing-in; where enemies are surrounding; where things are tight. Continue reading

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Invocation: November, 2017

There is a spirit, ancient and eternal, within and among us all, holding us, binding us together across time and difference, joining us in an ever-evolving web of interdependent, sacred abiding. For this, let us be grateful. There is a … Continue reading

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Remembering and Imagining (Or…Looking Forward From Philadelphia)

When I was growing up in the 1960s, it was a particularly difficult time to be a child discerning a gender-identity different from one’s gender assigned at birth. In a time where everything our culture saw as normal and “just … Continue reading

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The Blinding Light of An Image of God

In our striving, in and through our various faith systems, to create a pervasive, active sense of radical welcome that moves us to a just, compassionate, egalitarian world, a central theme in our framework is this thing we call the … Continue reading

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Keeping My Eyes Open

(adapted from a journal entry written the day after Passover) It is the day after Pesach—the Passover. It is 4 days after the accident: the thing, the unexpected force, that by all the laws of physics should have torn my … Continue reading

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Getting Dusty with Jacob

An ancient wisdom asserts that the whole universe is in the Torah, we just have to keep turning it to see it more fully. I believe this to be true—even as a transgender person of faith, even in light of the many ways our sacred texts have been used to exclude trans and LGBQ people. Perhaps, it is precisely because of the hurt arising from the misuse of scripture that I have come to hear refrains of our diverse human conditions sounding forth from Biblical narratives. Continue reading

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When Shelter Fails

There is an old Celtic wisdom which asserts that it is in the shelter of one another that the people live. This is a layered truth—not merely that we exist within and are surrounded by the community of others, but … Continue reading

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On The Down-Side of the Up-Side of Passing

“As human beings, we all want happiness, peace and release from suffering.” His Holiness The Dalai Lama Few of us would argue the idea that at the core of all our longing and striving is a desire for happiness and … Continue reading

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Passing By

“Be You As Passersby…”                                                                         … Continue reading

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