I am a contributor to the Feminism and Religion blog. Here is an excerpt of my most recent post. Thus, when enemies or friends Are seen to act improperly, Be calm and call to mind That everything arises from conditions. -Shantideva, Bodhicharyāvatāra The early Indian teacher, Shantideva, calls humanity to a deeper exploration of the people and situations we encounter. While it may sound simple, his invitation can be very difficult for American mentalities. He is asking us to look at something more complicated than the individual who acts; he is pointing us toward the causes and conditions that give … Read the full post
The Confederate Flag flying over the South Carolina capital building was a morally bankrupt phenomenon in our country long before nine great saints of the Christian church were martyred because they were black. What happened in Charleston was white supremacy terrorism. And what’s been happening in the institutions and in the soul of this country for centuries is white supremacy culture. It’s good for the Confederate Flag to come down. But, it’s not good enough. The soul work of the “American experiment” (as America was often called in my high school U.S. history class) is much more difficult, much more … Read the full post
Pelicans dive bombing into fish full ocean Sometimes one, sometimes four in tandem Then the dorsal breach of a dolphin startles me My heart leaps You are here Moving, showing yourself, gliding from depths to surface with calm attentiveness More fins, you are never alone. Your pod and the flock linger in this spot where I set up watch First it was just me witnessing you all and the rhythm of these moments Then others stopped and turned and set their sights to catch a glimpse A glimmer of the mystery of a life so fluid, so immediate to itself– filled … Read the full post
SERMON “MADE WELL” SCRIPTURE: PSALM 30, MARK 5:21-43 BETHANY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, LAFAYETTE, IN June 28, 2015 The Rev. Dr. Marcia Mount Shoop, Preaching Often the lectionary seems to have providential timing—and this week is a startling example of the mysterious way God’s provisions weave their way through our lives. If there was ever a time when we need to attend to the details and contours of Jesus’ healing touch, it is this week in America. And healing is the main item of business in the passages the lectionary directed us to today. This week in America we’ve gotten to know … Read the full post
Thanks to Nancy Hawthorn and her “Modern Day Flappers“– “a podcast dedicated to exploring women’s identities beyond traditional scripts,” for the rich discussion about embodiment and redemption (and lots of stuff in between). Click here to link to the Modern Day Flapper’s website. Click here to go right to iTunes for the podcast.