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Forward Day By Day – September 25, 2018

God chooses to come into the world through a body and into a body. Mary grows and eventually groans another human body into the world. Today, we see the Holy Spirit coming to earth in physical form. Jesus’ ministry is so deeply tactile—he is touching and eating...

Forward Day By Day – September 24, 2018

I live in an intentional community in a house on eight acres of land. There are five humans in our house. We pray, eat, and do social justice work together alongside fifteen chickens, a beehive, and the inhabitants of the surrounding forest. We have a vegetable...

Forward Day By Day – September 23, 2018

Once upon a time, I lived in an Episcopal Service Corps volunteer community. This was a high-commitment, high-emotional-stakes endeavor. We purposely entered into tender conversations and tried to work through immense differences in an effort to build a caring...

Forward Day By Day – September 22, 2018

What an honor to receive such a critique: to be turning the powers upside down, to be following Jesus and not the empire! Historically, this was the day when the fool was a king and the king a fool, when masked tricksters roved the streets and criticized the...

Forward Day By Day – September 21, 2018

In La Teológia de Liberación, Gustavo Gutierrez, a Roman Catholic priest writing in the 1970’s in Peru, explains the central tenet of Catholic social teaching: the “preferential option for the poor.” This teaching helps us understand that the poor among us hear the...

Forward Day By Day – September 20, 2018

I’m a part of a Christian arts troupe called Carnival de Resistance. For one month each year, thirty artist/activists live together in a sustainable eco-village. We perform liturgical theater productions under a circus big top, animating the voices of ancient prophets...

Forward Day By Day – September 19, 2018

My Korean great-grandmother immigrated to Hawaii as a “picture bride” and was married to a stranger in a Maui sugarcane camp. She settled with her family in central Oahu and had a legendary garden behind her house. When she visited Korea, she always smuggled seeds...

Forward Day By Day – September 18, 2018

It is audacious for the chief priests to threaten Lazarus with death, a man who has already been there and back again. But this overarching audacity is also part and parcel of the ways those in power work against Jesus—trying to stamp out all signs of hope, to...

Forward Day By Day – September 17, 2018

The darkness of the world threatens to overwhelm me sometimes. From individual encounters with people who disappoint me to large-scale global tragedies, the darkness can feel like more than the human heart was wired to hold. Notably, Psalm 56 makes no distinction...

Forward Day By Day – September 16, 2018

This passage from Proverbs reminds me that wisdom is often gained by direct experience in the wide world rather than from being buried in a book. I was a self-proclaimed pacifist for the first eighteen years of my life. Then I traveled to the Holy Land with a group of...