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Defining Reconciliation 2560 1920 Nicole

Defining Reconciliation

We get hung up on the thing that follows (the so-called command, the for instance that is recommended – the details that are for that particular situation in time-space) than on what the scripture is revealing about God – who God is, what is God’s character, act and being: actively, relate-ably reconciling. And we are also defined by our reconciliation, our witness to the world of God’s reconciling action with us and with one another. – they will know we are Christians by our love…

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Living the Prophetic 2560 1920 Nicole

Living the Prophetic

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a modern-day prophet. He knows this country’s history and the constitution that supports it, and recognizes the beauty and potential the documents hold – and the abuses carried out in service to it. He tells it with culture-centric music styles, casting of diverse leading roles, humor and heartbreaking narrative. The prophet Hosea knows God and Israel’s history, and sees the abuses carried out in the name of religion, and tells the story through his own marriage – not much humor, probably no music, but definitely a lot of heartbreak.

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Accepting Love 2560 1920 Nicole

Accepting Love

When I notice you loving each other; when we experience joy together; when we act as instruments of peace . . . These are the effects of God’s act and being in our world, much like the way physicists observe the act and being of particles in our universe. How we do theology matters. When my data – how I experience God, understand scripture – when my data overlays yours, and then ours together overlays your neighbors, etc., imagine! Imagine the remarkable things we can see with our collective visions of God’s very presence among us and as vast and vaster still as the unfathomable universe we can actually observe.

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  • The spectacular in a sunrise is more in the experience of it, a picture conveying a sliver of the beauty. Still, this is what greeted me on my morning run, and I am grateful. #nofilter #notice
  • Greer is caring for this tomato plant and didn’t yet have a wire cone to support the plant now bursting with the ripening fruit. So she found the latticed metal chair and propped the heaviest parts. The stems are quite fragile for the weight, yet are conduits of nourishment, lifelines to this scarlet culinary staple.
In a recent pray-as-you-go.org meditation the reading was taken from Matt18 where Jesus talks about the importance of children, and that these most vulnerable are symbols of greatness. The reader asked a question that struck a chord: “What is Jesus telling us about the way we treat fragility when we meet it?”
This question seems to get to the heart of what Jesus is trying to say. I often preach about the virtue of vulnerability, but rarely inspect my own attitude toward fragility. Vulnerability seems to indicate transparency, which can certainly feel like weakness. But being fragile, absolutely needing to be propped up by someone else or risk all the fruit rotting on the ground? That’s weak. On its own. But with the support? Abundant, life-sustaining growth!
How are you fragile? Who or what props you, supports you?
#gardenhack #thetomatowasgood #bevulnerable #strongertogether
#reconciling #inclusive #participate #womenclergy #womeninministry #priestlife #united #umc #knownbylove
  • We get hung up on the thing that follows (the so-called command, the for instance that is recommended – the details that are for that particular situation in time-space) than on what the scripture is revealing about God – who God is, what is God’s character, act and being: actively, relate-ably reconciling. And we are also defined by our reconciliation, our witness to the world of God’s reconciling action with us and with one another. – they will know we are Christians by our love... [to read more & watch video of the sermon, link in bio]

#reconciling #inclusive #participate #womenclergy #womeninministry #priestlife #united #umc #RMN #knownbylove #knownbyreconciliation
  • “The vital act is the act of participation. ‘Participator’ is the incontrovertible new concept given by quantum mechanics. It strikes down the term ‘observer’ of classical theory, the one who stands safely behind the thick glass wall and watches what goes on without taking part. It can’t be done, quantum mechanics says.” – John Wheeler 
I cannot fully live until I participate. To remain observer is death to my soul and perpetuation of injustice for the underresourced. What is holding me at observer? because in life, there is no glass behind which to stand - So Why am I afraid to participate? 
#participate #act #speakup #JohnWheeler #CIBCtheatre #chicago #quantummechanics #scienceandspirituality #justiceandrighteousness #womeninministry #womenclergy
  • “The function of freedom is to free someone else.” Toni Morrison
Whose responsibility is it to do something about abuse of power? How do you feel crushed? What would freedom look like for you?

#freetobefreed #ToniMorrison #moderndayprophet #liberate #priestlife #womeninministry #nativewisdom #spiritanimal #vail #colorado
  • Oh, and our #Hamilton experience happened to fall on the last night of #lollapalooza.... #whatanight #chicago #lollapalooza2019
  • When Greer was a senior at West Aurora high school, she performed in, In The Heights, a musical written and composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It was extraordinarily moving, and exceptionally prescient, prophetic – exposing the insidious cycle of poverty that is easily detected in all major cities, and not-so-major towns. When I read up on the play and Miranda, I found that he had written another musical to critical acclaim, called Hamilton, that highlights the life of Alexander Hamilton, his contributions to the establishment of our nation, and tells the story in a way that also calls out injustices that occurred then and pervade our country now. And I just had to see it when it came out that spring.

But at $100-200 per ticket? Wasn’t going to happen. Still, Lin-Manuel Miranda wanted everyone to have a shot at seeing it so he (or someone) created an app that a person can download and daily enter a lottery for 2 $10 tickets. 4 ½ years later, Howie, after conscripting my phone and – every day – entering the lottery with both, won 2 tickets for last Friday night’s performance!

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a modern-day prophet. He knows this country’s history and the constitution that supports it, and recognizes the beauty and potential the documents hold. He can also see the abuses carried out in service to it. And he tells it with culture-centric music styles, casting of diverse leading roles, humor and heartbreaking narrative, and excellence.

The prophet Hosea knows God and Israel’s history, and sees the abuses carried out in the name of religion, and tells the story through his own marriage – not much humor, probably no music, but definitely a lot of heartbreak – as uncomfortable as the entire narrative understandably makes us. (Link in bio to cont. reading)

#finally #didntthrowawayourshot #hamilton #linmanuelmiranda #prophetic #moderndayprophet #chicago
  • So amazing to share this holy, sacred space with those who’ve lived so much life with enthusiastic faith. Also thankful to wear a garment that reflects who I am while also a recognizable symbol of my role – a comfort to those whose memory may be impaired, but whose spirit continuously witnesses with God’s Spirit that she is God’s!

#holyspace #sacredspace #faithofourancestors #medina
#casualprieststories #clergywear #womeninministry #priestlife #clergycollar #stockholm #chicago #casualpriest ''Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm: it is a condition of intellectual magnificence to which we must cling as to a treasure, and not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words, or in exact and priggish argument.''
#GeorgeSand, née, Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin, Baroness Dudevant (1804-1876), Correspondence, vol. 4 (1883).
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