“The mark of spiritual maturity is the ability to deal with paradox...” Rev. Jaelynn Pema-la Scott
This week on The VUU, in addition to calling us to be more embracing of our transgender and queer siblings and varieties of trans theologies, we are called to embrace ministries, rituals and paths that embody and celebrate our unique spiritualities within and beyond our existing faith traditions.
Speaking about being in the margins of faith, spiritually and theology, Rev. Jaelynn Pema-la Scott says,"Everything we do is revolutionary. Anything that we develop and hold true to ourselves is liberative ...Anytime I pray it is an act of revolution. It is activism.Anytime I declare myself a minister and say that my ordination is valid and that I hold wisdom and truth, that is an act of resistance.”
May each journey, mysterious and divine, be blessed.
In my thesis many years ago, I delved into the power of prayer and cited Gregg Braden’s work among others. It is a topic of many of my sermons, indeed, my personal credo is Living Life as a Payer. In this video, Tara Brach offers similar lessons regarding the nature of prayer, mature prayer, mindful prayer that really resonates:
Today, may we also say a prayer for the many names that do not appear on any memorial and the ones that remain unspoken aloud due to the fear that exists in our country. May those grieving the loss of such loved ones find warmth in the embrace of those they can trust with their truth. May our planet usher in a time when all are safe and welcome and free.
a Water Communion Service to Gather The Beloved Community
Guest in the Pulpit: Rev. “Twinkle” Marie Manning
”Community means strength that joins us our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free."~ Starhawk