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A word of love and caution for the holy days ahead

The Rev Dr Sparky has been awfully busy these days, what with dealing with an interim ministry in a congregation In Real Life. But she has not forgotten the virtual world, and wants to remind us all to tread gently as the holiday season approaches.

The veil gets thin around All Souls Day, and you are reminded that All Souls are in Secret Saved…

All Souls in Secret Saved

So be kind to each other.

We are all we have.

Rev Dr Sparky

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Another reluctant poem for seekers and believers

Humbly mumbling my sorrow and shame
I ask for permission
to call Your true name:

Speaker of galaxies;
Mother of time;
Father of energy;
Breath of creation;
Matrix of living things
(deep love and real flesh and one earth to share);

Eternal soul in a person like me;
Born here but…

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Can we please have one now?

Today is Pentecost, the Christian version that originated from the extraordinary story reported in Acts 2:1–21. Apparently, on that day, a whole crowd of Spirit-struck believers were speaking in different languages, but everyone was hearing in their own language.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire…

The pandemic SHUT DOWN all those churches, my friends. In the midst of a historic movement for justice for people of color, the worship hour was STILL the most segregated hour in America, and it looks like Jesus said, "That's it. Get out of my house." Just like he tossed the moneychangers out of the temple...

But those congregations who use their sojourn in the virtual church world as a time of repentance, deep anti-racism faith work to de-center whiteness and combat white supremacy, and realignment with Jesus, may survive and thrive.

As a white itinerant preacher of a certain age, I can take a small role in this great turning by reminding the congregations that there are no white people in the Bible.


Rev Dr Sparky

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