Monthly Archives: June 2017

Credible claim of bona fide relationship

I am a child of God, a refugee like Jesus, a neighbor to anyone who walks down anybody’s Jericho road, a seeker of sanctuary in a country with churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, stacked three deep on every block, a lover … Continue reading

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gOOD nEWS

Thanks to Todd Jenkins for this poem, for this truth. Read more of Todd’s work on his blog here When the gospel no longer sounds like good news, maybe our measure of what is good – and the people for … Continue reading

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Prayer from Matthew 10: 29-30 for Xinmo, China, for Islamabad, Pakistan

Not a sparrow falls to the ground, you say — how much more those trapped beneath the landslide in Xinmo, Sichuan Province, or those caught on the highway in the explosion of the Islamabad tanker? They do not fall without … Continue reading

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Poems from a Silent Retreat, Aotearoa / New Zealand

Erice Fairbrother writes that leading a silent retreat over the last couple weeks gave her an opportunity for much writing of poems. Compline Those that lie here Beneath these crosses do not lie;   This green, tended place marks the … Continue reading

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World Refugee Day, June 20

Today is World Refugee Day, a commemoration of the United Nations since 1976. It has many themes, often a call to compassion for refugees (and I put before you a petition asking governments to: Ensure every refugee child gets an … Continue reading

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For Finsbury Park

An old story When my children were small they read a book, “cars and trucks and things …” and they loved it – do you remember? Now the story is, car and trucks and things that kill, and instead of … Continue reading

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Prayers for a young transgender person

A friend asked me to write these prayers — for an elementary school aged kid coming out as transgender, for that person’s parents and for the church. For a young transgender person Thank you, O God, for knowing who I … Continue reading

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