DAILY BREATH

Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble asks how we are turning our wounds into signs of grace.

The Gracious Heretic, Rev. Connie Tuttle, invites us to Choose Presence, sharing the difference between solitude and isolation.

Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble encourages us to “carry on and keep the faith”, trusting that God is with us and that, “together we are creating a new, better world for all“.

Rev. Sheri Prestemon, Conference Minister of the MN Conference UCC, shares beautiful, insightful thoughts on grief in Song of Faith. Maybe we should start sharing the songs that are uplifting and nourishing our souls with one another every day??

Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza urges gentleness – with ourselves and others – as we all are being forced to make risky and challenging decisions on a daily basis. I, Emily, urge us to be particularly kind, patient and gentle with teachers, administrators, school staff; parents, children and families; and governors and school boards, etc., making schooling decisions, in particular.

Daily Meditation’s final two installments in Week Thirty: Being Peaceful Change, share reflections from Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Wangari Maathai (1940–2011) in Holistic Peace and Coretta Scott King in Love at the Center. You can introduce your congregation (especially your young people!) to Wangari Maathai with Mama Miti (Simon & Schuster) and/or Wangari’s Trees of Peace (Scholastic). The Ministry Lab has these books to loan, if needed!

Mirabai Starr encourages us to listen to our inner voice – and Speak Out.

Rev. Dr. John Lewis’ passionate appeal was published in the NY Times just after his death. Please read Lewis’ powerful, beautiful, inspiring words.

Rev Dr. Donna Schaper shares a Liberating Word, calling us to artistic work.

Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble’s Word for the Day encourages us to use “this time of lockdown” to consider “how we work and why we work”.

Richard Rohr’s (and others’) Being Peaceful Change (Daily Meditations) include significant reflections on Gandhi and bring us: Inner Unity, Change Comes from the Inside, Nonviolence: A Spiritual Superpower, and Look with the Eyes of Compassion.

The Feast of Mary Magdalene (observed July 22) inspired Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations last week. Thursday and Friday work well as a two-part reading: Great Love and Come and See.

Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble encourages us to trust the Center when the center doesn’t hold.

I’m sure authors more closely connected to Rev. C.T. Vivian and Congressman John Lewis are writing beautifully about their lives and work; I hope folks will share those with me. But from my small circle of bloggers, here is Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza’s response to their deaths – each them a loss not only to those who loved them, but to this nation.

In Piloting Faith, Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble amplifies voices of concern about schooling come fall, especially concerns about equity for households of color and those living in lower income brackets. Trimble wonders if we are in this together, or looking out for ourselves. I wonder: why can’t we take the quarantine-together-with-a-tutor model laid about by the wealthy folks and make the same thing happen for lower-income families? I think we can!

Tina Boverman invites our Listening to the Language of L’Arche. This very personal and introspective post feels like it touches on struggles common to many congregational leaders, today.

Rev. Cameron Trimble reminds us that all we have is the Sacred Now; Rev. Rachael Keefe wonders, “Is God in This Place?”; and the poetic Rev Dr. Donna Schaper encourages knee surgery.

Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza encourages us to throw out the old world maps and navigate by the stars in today’s Liberating Word.

Dr. Barbara Holmes, Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, Brian McLaren and Barbara Kelly urge us not to go back to “normal” but to move forward in love and justice.

Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza shares G.W. Target’s 1973 short story “The Window”, a powerful illustration of “the choice we all have of living for self or living for others”.

Dr. Barbara Holmes in the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Oneing Vol. 6 No. 1 writes about Contemplating Anger. It’s an important read and should be part of every community’s conversation about racism and civic action. And check out the meditation/video promotion of Dr. Holmes’ book, Race and the Cosmos: super good!

Richard Rohr brought his Simplicity series to a beautiful conclusion with Thursday’s God’s Simple Pleasures, by Wendell Berry.

Richard Rohr started this week’s focus on Wisdom in Times of Crisis with two excellent insights: Change Is Inevitable and we are Sustained in God’s Love. While Rohr is regularly a font of wisdom, don’t miss Rev. Linda M. Rhinehart NeasCore Strength who reminds us of our essential need to create and maintain spiritual core strength. Her post includes a helpful link to The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society’s Tree of Contemplation.

Richard Rohr continues his focus on Simplicity with today’s installment, Embracing Enoughness.

Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation lifts up the wisdom of Howard Thurman, reflecting on Purity of Heart, Singleness of Focus.

Joanna from Spacious Faith reflects on the intersections of breath, Covid-19 and the killing of George Floyd in Breathe Freely.

From the editor [of RevGalBlogPals]

This past weekend was the summer solstice where I live — and it was a spectacular evening of gorgeous colours in the sky as the sun went down (as much as it was going to go down — we have only about 4 hours of mostly-dark right now). For our southern-hemisphere neighbours, of course the opposite will have happened with their winter solstice, and they will be counting the minutes of additional daylight even as I’m pulling over the blackout blinds! 

It feels strange to be halfway through the year already. Where did the year go? And then I remember…it went nowhere, because I’ve been inside the house for months. It’s been alternately busier than ever and dragging on endlessly. I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling this way.

Friends, perhaps this is a moment for us to take a cue from creation and remember that it’s okay to live in a cycle. Sometimes days are long and bright and busy. Other days they are short and the dark hours outnumber the light. Sometimes we are building toward something, and other times we are relaxing out of something. On a cosmic scale, there is balance, even though there isn’t within each day. So as many places shift into a new season, take a moment to see what shifts you need, in order to have some balance. We can’t usually manage balance within a day or a week, but over a season or a year, surely we can find some rhythm that will allow us the same grace the creation so effortlessly embodies. If you have been overwhelmed with busy, can this next season be different? If you have been in a fallow season, can this next one be a time of growth? Whatever season is turning in your life, may you find the wholeness and abundance God promises.

peace
Teri

Rev. Michael Piazza explores different definitions of “pride“.

Dr. Barbara Holmes reflects on “the expansiveness of the cosmos, the major systemic shifts taking place in society, and the small and sacred moments of daily life” in the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Daily Meditation, “Awakening in the Cosmos“.

Rev. Cameron Trimble encourages us to change the way we see, give voice to what we see, and listen generously as others share what they see.

Rev. Michael Piazza reflects on inexplicable nightly fireworks and their impact – and commentary – on civility.

Stuart Higginbotham suggests you Guard Your Heart.

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III’s sermon When Is Someday? asks us all to wonder, together, when true freedom will be known by all God’s children.

The Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei declares that Love and Justice Are Not Two and Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper wonders if God’s plan isn’t to Make Us One.

Cameron Trimble reflects on Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III’s question: “When is Someday?

Richard Rohr offers the term “emancipation” for the type of freedom we need to be pursuing, today.

Michael Piazza in Liberating Word confesses his familial racism and invites us to find our own “honest mirror“.

Krista Tippet sites Eula Biss and recommends her 2015 Essay, Talking about Whiteness: helpful insights for white folks (and whole congregations) engaging in the important conversations of racism and white supremacy; includes additional reading and listening resources.

It’s been a few days, so there are a extras:

Rev. Cameron Trimble sites pastor and activist, Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis who reminded us recently that since lots of white people seem eager to invoke Dr. King’s legacy to condemn ongoing protests, it’s worth revisiting what he actually said in his speech called “The Other America” given on April 4, 1967. Rev. Trimble declares that we are either actively anti-racist or complicit in racism’s spread. In a later post she also invites us to name our grief to avoid allowing it to become misplaced grief.

Rev. Cameron Trimble’s Word for the Day... invites us to embrace the reality that everything is breaking.

Please read Rev. Jim Bear Jacob’s Open Letter to White Clergy, an eloquent plea to avoid sermons about peace and Anahkwud Mihgiizay, Ajiijak Dodem’s (Wendy Stone) post on Ways Minnesota’s White Churches Need to Use Their Power and Faith for specific, concrete ways congregations can work for justice.

Richard Rohr continues to invite us into solidarity with people on the margins with The Fifth Conversion.

Richard Rohr offers a tragically prescient Second Conversion post (posted Sunday/Monday at midnight) reminding us all to listen to ‘whomever is saying, “I can’t breathe”‘.

Richard Rohr’s Invitation to Solidarity gives us some powerful perspective and Rev. Michael Piazza wonders how we can participate in Jesus’ prayer that “they all might be one“.

Rev. Michael Piazza’s Liberating Word was a Memorial Day call to truth-telling.

Rev. Cameron Trimble shares poet David Whyte’s, Just Beyond Yourself in Piloting Faith. And Richard Rohr invites us into the Possibility of Restraint.

Richard Rohr remains us that everything is the child of God with God Is Being Itself, a reflection on John Duns Scotus.

Rev. Bradley J. Skogen , First Lutheran, Battle Lake, MN and Minister for Community and Leader Engagement for the NWMN Synod, ELCA, reminds us of The Anawim in This Time of Covid-19 .

Rev. Cameron Trimble encourages us to “cast our nets on the other side” as we move into a “new normal”.

UMC Twin Cities District Superintendent Rev. Dan Johnson offered these insightful words in the MNUMC Covid-19 Update: Our Lives in the Willows.

Jessica Kantrowitz (author of The Long Night) shared the blessing of An Unobstructed Stream and UTS student Monique Wentzel shared this excellent blog, Restraint in the Anthropocene in UTS’s The Canvas, 05.13.20.


Margaret Benefiel of Shalem Institute shares insights on Grieving and Rejoicing that will resonate with many of us. This will be good reading in preparation for next Tuesday’s Psychology of Grief Co-Lab Webinar!


Cameron Trimble suggests humility might be a more blessed way forward than the standard let’s-make-a-deal handshake of old.


Rev. Lawrence Richardson (Linden Hills UCC) shares this Monday Motivation on overwhelm and anxiety; Richard Rohr offers some reflections on Julian of Norwich; and Michael Piazza offers a gift for Mother’s Day. But why only share this image one day a year?

Here is God to mother you: This is to Mother You.

Shalem Institute’s Mary van Balen offers words of comfort and contemplative awareness in A Mindful Loaf.