The writer and many of the topics are Queer, but there is more to the blog than that. Liberal spirituality, progressive politics, pop culture, social justice...mostly just good old fashioned left leaning musings.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
a rainy day today, one of many in an especially rainy season this year in South
Florida. One of the great things about a dark, rainy Saturday is that the mind
seems to go naturally and easily to a place of reflection.
today turn to recent events: The unrest that seems to keep much of the world
agitated. The recent deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and other
diplomats in Libya. The terrible ways that religion is often misused to create
division rather than to celebrate diversity. The recent increase in hateful
rhetoric against same-gender loving people. The on-going war on women's
independence over their own bodies. If my reflection were to stop at this
point, I should be terribly depressed!
But I think of
the rain and I imagine it washing away the unrest, the fear, the agitation, the
hatred, and the mistrust in the world. I think of power and privilege being
"watered down" so that justice and equality can flourish.
And once I
imagine this spiritual cleansing, then I remember positive possibilities that fuel optimism.
Today is the
First day of Autumn. In fact, Autumn began today, Saturday, September 22, 2012
at 10:49 AM. This day is known in some traditions as "Mabon." Mabon is a weaving
festival where members of a community weave strands together to symbolize adding
to life as it is whatever they wish for life to become. What a beautiful
So, on this
rainy beginning of Autumn, I think of the life I am weaving with my thoughts,
attitudes, feelings, and choices. I think of the blessings I would add to my
life and the life of my community: I wish for good health of mind and
body. And what I wish for myself, I wish for everyone. I wish for
prosperity, achievement, and happiness. And what I wish for myself, I wish
for everyone. I wish for peace and confidence. And what I wish for myself
I wish for everyone. And I wish for the pledge I grew up reciting in this
country to become a promise and an experienced reality not only for this country
for but all places in the world. I particularly call to mind the words, "One
[people]...with liberty and justice for ALL."
To the world as
it is, may we weave strands of hope, healing, and happiness, peace, purpose, and
prosperity! Let this be our prayer and our intention and our
wrote, "The Eternal watches over the steps of those who do justice." That seems
like a good Autumnal Equinox affirmation and a call to continued positive
I hope you will
join me for worship tomorrow, Sept. 23rd at Sunshine Cathedral and
remember all the wonderful events we have coming up to celebrate the Cathedral's
40th anniversary. But for now, let the thunder be the power of hope
in your hearts, let the winds be the breath of life that fills you with peace,
hope, and joy, and let the falling rain be a reminder that heavenly blessings
are flowing abundantly into your life now and always.
William J. Dietrich Memorial Prize for the best paper submitted on the urban mission of the church (EDS, 2009 ), Maxwell Fellowship for Excellence in Parish Ministry (Auburn Seminary, 2006), & the Hudnut Award for Preaching Ministry (UTS, 2005), Awards for Oral Interpretation (Arkansas Speech Communication Asso., 1990), Excellent Acting Award (Texas Junior College Speech & Theatre Asso., 1986).
Educational Background: BA, Henderson State University, sociology (theatre arts minor); MA, Goddard College, theatre studies; MDiv, Union Theological Seminary, theology & the arts; DMin, Episcopal Divinity School, congregational studies. I am a writer, a performer, and spiritual humanist. I am ordained by both Metropolitan Community Churches and United Divine Science.
Author of 10 books, the most recent: Saved From Salvation.