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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Forward Day By Day – September 15, 2018

God is so sassy in this passage, and I love it. Like a mother taking her own child to task, here we see God reminding Job about exactly who Job is and who God is: “Remember this planet you’re standing on? Yeah, I did that. And where were you?”This passage...

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Forward Day By Day – September 14, 2018

One of the many revolutionary gospel ideals—one that deeply moves me—is downward mobility, the idea of choosing to forsake power rather than grow it. So many societal problems would be solved if this ideal were ingrained in our collective consciousness. Radical folk...

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Forward Day By Day – September 13, 2018

Job is describing how our personal behavior can be affected and changed depending upon the audience. It is much easier to take radical action amongst allies and people who share the same beliefs than it is amongst dissenters. Inciting conflict is not something most of...

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Forward Day By Day – September 12, 2018

I grew up on the outskirts of coal country, where mining is more than a job—it also brings a sense of self to those who work the mines. Coal has fallen out of favor in search of cleaner energy—the job losses are as violent an extraction as the mining process itself—...

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Forward Day By Day – September 11, 2018

In this brief snippet from John’s Gospel, we remember that Jesus’ life was constantly under threat during his ministry. It is all too easy to read these short anecdotes at arms’ length. In this passage, we see Jesus returning to his hometown and nearly being run off a...

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Forward Day By Day – September 10, 2018

The Age of Enlightenment didn’t do us any favors in terms of learning how to trust human intuition. Hundreds of years later, I still feel programmed to rely on measurable outcomes that claim to be without bias. I thank God for people who have helped me unlearn that...

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Forward Day By Day – September 9, 2018

I work with a lot of young transgender people. Of the countless struggles in the lives of these kids, one of the most common is with their own names. Several of them refer to their birth names as “dead names.” They share some deeply theological understandings about...

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Forward Day By Day – September 8, 2018

I first encountered visual artist Brandan Odums when I saw his mural of a young black woman wearing a shirt that proclaimed, “I am my ancestors’ wildest dreams.” Lately, I’ve been compelled by women and men who are writing about the ways in which white supremacy cuts...

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Forward Day By Day – September 7, 2018

There’s an exercise I’ve done in therapy a few times when I am in a fraught relationship or feeling stuck or in a time of immense stress. I imagine that I make the decision to walk away from my life and move to a beach somewhere and start completely fresh, washing the...

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Forward Day By Day – September 6, 2018

Earlier this year, I spent time at Standing Rock, living together with other people as an embodied witness against the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline runs through sacred tribal land and under the drinking water of millions of people. What an...

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Forward Day By Day – September 5, 2018

When I was in middle school, my friend’s grandmother took a hiatus from attending worship because her Episcopal church had stopped saying the confession before Holy Eucharist. “If I can’t confess my sins before I eat the Lord’s Supper, I may as well not take...

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Forward Day By Day – September 4, 2018

“If you give someone a fish, they’ll eat for a day. If you teach them to fish, they’ll eat for a while longer. If you organize against the privatized water system and get fishing rights for all, maybe everyone will have food.” That’s a rough translation of a quotation...

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Forward Day By Day – September 3, 2018

I studied liberation theology and African-American history in college. I learned about the pitfalls of global capitalism and the preferential option for the poor. And I immersed myself in the stories of political revolution, nonviolent resistance, and the radical...

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Forward Day By Day – September 2, 2018

The stories of the Old Testament live warmly in my childhood memory alongside Mother Goose and Winnie the Pooh. It has been a thrilling process to undertake an adulthood journey of bringing these stories into a startling, clear, modern light.  Throughout the Old...

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Forward Day By Day – September 1, 2018

I am writing this reflection eleven days after I was on the streets in Charlottesville, Virginia, protesting a white supremacist rally. The streets were desecrated by the presence of evil made manifest. No amount of spiritual preparation could have readied me to walk...

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Forward Day By Day – August 31, 2018

Sigmund Freud believed that human beings will go to great lengths to deny unpleasant truths about themselves. The method he developed to treat mental illness helped his patients face these truths. By doing so, they were often able to eliminate the symptoms.Based on...

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Forward Day By Day – August 30, 2018

Many years ago, I attended training for a special trauma therapy developed by groundbreaking psychologist Francine Shapiro. The training included a relaxation exercise called the Safe Place.The person facilitating the Safe Place exercise asks the client to imagine the...

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Forward Day By Day – August 29, 2018

When I was a young boy, I imagined God as an omnipotent version of my parents, watching me every hour of the day. Every sin, even the smallest misstep, was seen from on high and recorded in the great book of my blunders.I now understand this was a distorted and wonky...

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Forward Day By Day – August 28, 2018

A few days ago, I was attending a social event and was shocked to run into a former friend with whom I’d had a falling out. Suddenly, this person stood in front of me, and I had to make a split-second decision on how to react. So of course, I made the wrong decision....

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Forward Day By Day – August 27, 2018

From losing my parents and dear friends to a career failure, I have had my heart broken many times. During those periods, I have often struggled to find God’s peace, the peace that passes all understanding. I’ve also had a hard time achieving what the country...

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Forward Day By Day – August 26, 2018

Some of my friends are distressed because their adult children have fallen away from regular church attendance. These parents tried hard to raise their children to love the church as much as they did and feel deeply hurt when their children slowly drift away from the...

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Forward Day By Day – August 25, 2018

Over the years, many people have sat across from me and have said they want nothing more from life than its end. But the people who say these things in my office often want something else. More than death, many of them really want to be relieved from pain. They want...

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Forward Day By Day – August 24, 2018

I was a very sad little boy. I had good reason to be sad, too. I had more loss and struggle in my life before I turned ten than I would ever wish on my very worst enemy. My life was bleak and hopeless.But my teacher, Mr. Holloman, tried mightily to cheer me up. One...

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Forward Day By Day – August 23, 2018

Can you imagine praising the Lord after losing everything in life important to you? I can’t. I struggled with praising God after losing out on a promotion recently. I even get mad when my fantasy football team does poorly. Yet in today’s reading, Job prays words of...

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Forward Day By Day – August 22, 2018

We often live our precious lives in fear of scarcity. Something about being human seems to make us fear not having enough. While people seek out psychotherapy for many reasons, a big issue is a fear of not enough. Some are concerned they don’t have enough self-esteem...

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Forward Day By Day – August 21, 2018

Author Anne Lamott recounts a story about her brother in one of her books. Age 10 at the time of the story, her brother had waited until the last minute to complete a school assignment cataloging a large number of birds. He was feeling very hopeless when their father...

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Virginia Opts for Provisional Bishop

Helen K. Spence, president of the Diocese of Virginia’s standing committee, announces plans for a provisional bishop to serve for three years or more: The process the Standing Committee will follow will be similar to what happens in a parish when a rector leaves, and...

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Parish Merger in Dallas

Church of the Incarnation has merged with Trinity Church in Dallas to create new growth in a parish that has declined in attendance for several years. The new campus, Incarnation North, is scheduled to launch public worship in August 2019, said the Rev. Thomas...

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