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Members of Peace
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Members of Peace

The fullness of God the Creator – of everything! was pleased to have all of God’s own being (fullness) dwell in this itty bitty of a baby whose birth we claim to Celebrate on December 25th.
Still, “without justice and love, peace is an illusion.” #DomHelderCamara
The project of God’s justice – making all things right, reconciling us to God and each other, AND all creation (whether things on earth or things in heaven) – this project of God’s justice is fueled, empowered, made personal, purely by Love: by making peace through Christ’s blood, shed on the cross.
Then, God’s presence will be known, the people will consult God – and pay attention, and an industry of war will no longer be necessary: indiscriminately, across the board, the only commerce will be the facilitation of peace.
Put on the armor of light – walk in the light of Jesus. Live with honor. What does that look like to live honorably? For one, it means living honestly – let your actions live out what you believe. What is it that you believe? We believe in Jesus Christ – the messiah, anointed Present. So if you say that you believe in Jesus Christ, to live honorably is to act on that, to live it.
Awake! remember your baptism and, together, let us center on Jesus who dwells in me and in you – take time allowing the spirit of Jesus (in whom God is pleased to dwell) to speak; confess our frenzy and anxiety at the onset of Advent. Awaken, and remember. Together we are members of peace. Know peace; be an instrument of peace.

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Anointed Abode
Anointed Abode 2560 1920 Nicole

Anointed Abode

For whom do I create? Well, for everyone who listens to what comes from my mouth and views the art I’ve crafted. Ultimately, though, I know I do all of this because I believe in Jesus Christ, and the project of Kingdom building – a kin-dom of all creation, perfecting, becoming… Opening hearts, opening minds, opening doors.
So why would I ever give potentate status to anyone other than Jesus? What convinces us that others’ opinions or disposition toward us should have unlimited power or influence over us?
To say, “I believe in Jesus Christ,” ought to indicate that my life would display something of that belief. Christ, the Messiah, Redeemer – Anointed – is present, now. I believe this reality because I experience that nearness, the truth of Jesus’ voice and strength and love. And because if I don’t? where else can I go? everything about who am I will eventually fall apart.
What does it mean, might it look like, that we live our belief together?
Maybe it means not looking to other “successful” churches to find answers to our problem of dwindling numbers, but look to the Presence, the Jesus Christ we claim to believe in, praying together for God’s leading, praying that we can be the light of Jesus in this world. Perhaps if we pray like we had nowhere else to go, we might even pray ourselves into truly believing it.

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Spiritual Abode
Spiritual Abode 2560 1920 Nicole

Spiritual Abode

We are interconnected. We are accountable to God – together. Which means, we are accountable to each other, too.
The whole earth is full of God’s glory. This holy God fills the land with plenty of what we need – exactly enough. But we are accountable to one another for its care. Men and women put their lives on the line, and have given their lives for the protection of this land. Your land. My land. But it is rebelling against us because of the disregard we’ve given it.
Perhaps, as we remember and honor the veterans who have and who are even now in service to the protection of our freedoms in this land… consider what our responsibility is to the land – this land that was made for you and me.
And we might see the reality, God’s glory, the reality of God’s presence even here, and see more clearly that material things “only collect rust or dust, and once we know that the only thing that counts is treasure in heaven, surely we [will] find a new way to live!”

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  • What does #baptize evoke for you?

He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing-floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’ (Mt3:11,12)

Is this what you are hoping for? It actually sounds quite terrifying. 
But what if the tree that bears no good fruit is the aspect of who I am trying to be – the bark, as it were, that I think I must put on, rather than expose the vulnerable, true part that is the very likeness of God? What if John is describing a controlled fire – much like the kind crop farmers use to purify the fields, while protecting it so it can bear good corn, soy, wheat? 
And what if this unquenchable fire that burns the chaff until it is entirely gone means that everything that I try to put on, and then try to will it away when I’m convicted about it, a flash of faith and confidence, but cannot keep allowing to show, and I freak out, and put that bark right back on – what if the fire just burns it all off for me? And I may feel the heat of it on my raw, tender skin, and it might for a hot moment singe, but just as quickly allows my flesh to breathe… 
Because the only way that I can see Jesus for who he is, who he claims to be, the WHO of the Through Whom all things (including me, including you) were made – the only way I can know this Jesus, is to be known by him, be seen by him, to allow the gaze of this One whose hand wields the axe, carries the winnowing-fork. And in that terrifying gaze will be recognition. There must be – because it is through this One who sees me – as. I. am. – also loves me best because I am made from the very same Source. The same DNA.
And what if we held that same gaze for the people in our lives? What might that produce in those people? In us? The opposite of fear, right? Hope. Hope that who I am at my core is enough – and even beautiful. Worthy. Known. Loved.
#rethinkchurch #advent2019 #durandumc
  • What is #worthy of your attention this 5th day of Advent?
#rethinkchurch #durandumc #advent2019
  • What will it take to #prepare my soul to notice the peace Jesus makes today? #advent2029
#rethinkchurch #durandumc
  • How is your pace today #proclaiming what you believe about Advent?  #advent2019 #rethinkchurch #durandumc
  • The fullness of God the Creator – of everything! was pleased to have all of God’s own being (fullness) dwell in this itty bitty of a baby whose birth we claim to Celebrate on December 25th. 
Still, “without justice and love, peace is an illusion.” #DomHelderCamara
The project of God’s justice – making all things right, reconciling us to God and each other, AND all creation (whether things on earth or things in heaven) – this project of God’s justice is fueled, empowered, made personal, purely by Love: by making peace through Christ’s blood, shed on the cross. 
Then, God’s presence will be known, the people will consult God - and pay attention, and an industry of war will no longer be necessary: indiscriminately, across the board, the only commerce will be the facilitation of peace. 
Put on the armor of light – walk in the light of Jesus. Live with honor. What does that look like to live honorably? For one, it means living honestly – let your actions live out what you believe. What is it that you believe? We believe in Jesus Christ – the messiah, anointed Present. So if you say that you believe in Jesus Christ, to live honorably is to act on that, to live it.
Awake! remember your baptism and, together, let us center on Jesus who dwells in me and in you – take time allowing the spirit of Jesus (in whom God is pleased to dwell) to speak; confess our frenzy and anxiety at the onset of Advent. Awaken, and remember. Together we are members of peace. Know peace; be an instrument of peace. [to read/watch more, link in bio]
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#Advent #peace #awake #rethinkchurch #ReCreate #dream #vision #paceofgrace #sanctification #reconcile #covenant #instrumentofpeace #womenclergy #feministpriest #feministpastor #nonbinary #inclusive #lovefirst #communion #paceofgrace #thepaceofgrace #argueitout #bewhoyouare #lovewashismeaning #reconciliation #covenant
  • “True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.” - Albert Einstein
Jesus asks his disciples, Who do you say that I am? Whom do you seek?
For in this Jesus Christ all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. God indwells Christ, abides with, and Jesus is God’s abode, dwelling place. And through Jesus, God reconciles to God All Things – making peace between us. And so dwells in us. In me. Jesus is God’s abode, and Jesus dwells in me – So this same Spirit, of the Anointed One, the Christ, makes an abode in me. In you.
For whom do I create? Well, for everyone who listens to what comes from my mouth and views the art I’ve crafted. Ultimately, though, I know I do all of this because I believe in Jesus Christ, and the project of Kingdom building – a kin-dom of all creation, perfecting, becoming… Opening hearts, opening minds, opening doors.
So why would I ever give potentate status to anyone other than Jesus? What convinces us that others’ opinions or disposition toward us should have unlimited power or influence over us?
To say, “I believe in Jesus Christ,” ought to indicate that my life would display something of that belief. Christ, the Messiah, Redeemer – Anointed – is present, now. I believe this reality because I experience that nearness, the truth of Jesus’ voice and strength and love. And because if I don’t? where else can I go? everything about who am I will eventually fall apart. 
What does it mean, might it look like, that we live our belief together?
Maybe it means not looking to other “successful” churches to find answers to our problem of dwindling numbers, but look to the Presence, the Jesus Christ we claim to believe in, praying together for God’s leading, praying that we can be the light of Jesus in this world. Perhaps if we pray like we had nowhere else to go, we might even pray ourselves into truly believing it. [to keep reading/watch, link in bio]
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#ChristTheKing #ReCreate #dream #vision #paceofgrace #sanctification #reconcile #covenant #instrumentofpeace #womenclergy #feministpriest #feministpastor #nonbinary #inclusive #lovefirst #paceofgrace #thepaceofgrace #lovewashismeaning
  • God promised to abide with us. God created us for that purpose. We are made to be the dwelling place of God. All creation – the universe, the earth and everything it contains – was made to be the dwelling place for God. But if we are being poor stewards of our relationships with one another and with the earth, it only follows that all of God’s goodness will be diverted from those spaces. 
The result is the destruction of our environment – now felt acutely by our farmers, and only worsening. And it is evident in our relationships – the inability (or difficulty in) finding unity, to see the divine in one another. 
God said, "I am about to create new heavens and a new earth..." And we are a part of that re-creation.
Equity and equality will occur because all will work together for the good of the community – not to exploit the weak or take advantage of the generous.
To be lovestruck with each other (MLK) we notice first what we love – then any difference is secondary, a point of uniqueness and possibility for growth. And if we are lovestruck with our environment – with awe and wonder – then it will matter how we use our resources. 
It is creative. It is collaborative. It is for the dreamers. “Sometimes, the only realists are the dreamers.” (Paul Wellstone). So not grow weary in doing what is right. 
God’s holy mountain – the new heavens and the new earth – where God’s presence abides. The presence, God’s glory, that is evident in the making-right of all things – this intentional activity to dwell in God’s glory: this universe, this world, an intentional abode. [to read/watch more, link in bio]
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#environmentalism #ReCreate #dream #vision #paceofgrace #sanctification #reconcile #covenant #instrumentofpeace #womenclergy #feministpriest #feministpastor #nonbinary #inclusive #lovefirst #communion #paceofgrace #thepaceofgrace #argueitout #bewhoyouare #lovewashismeaning #reconciliation
  • We are interconnected. We are accountable to God – together. Which means, we are accountable to each other, too. 
The whole earth is full of God’s glory. This holy God fills the land with plenty of what we need – exactly enough. But we are accountable to one another for its care. Men and women put their lives on the line, and have given their lives for the protection of this land. Your land. My land. But it is rebelling against us because of the disregard we’ve given it. 
Perhaps, as we remember and honor the veterans who have and who are even now in service to the protection of our freedoms in this land... consider what our responsibility is to the land – this land that was made for you and me.
And we might see the reality, God’s glory, the reality of God’s presence even here, and see more clearly that material things “only collect rust or dust, and once we know that the only thing that counts is treasure in heaven, surely we [will] find a new way to live!” (continue to read/view, link in bio)
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#veteransday #thislandisourland #godisenough #paceofgrace #sanctification #reconcile #covenant #instrumentofpeace #womenclergy #feministpriest #feministpastor #nonbinary #inclusive #lovefirst #communion #paceofgrace #thepaceofgrace #argueitout #bewhoyouare #lovewashismeaning #reconciliation
  • The result of living out of a mythology of self and without grace, the grace of dignity – the truth of who I am, who you are, as uniquely imaging God – the result of living for the myth and not living in the grace of knowing my true worth … is shame. 
If each of us understands of what our relationship with God consists, If each of us let go of the mask that we made identity – cobbled together as a façade - our entire sense of worth is no longer in question; and there is no longer shame. 
But we have to have faith. Believe that the end is present because God is timeless, and God is near. In fact, God is among us. And we are not alone.
“Everything in God’s universe is present-tense. Divine love transcends time and place.” In the Eucharist, taking communion, we remember. Today we remember – remembering the saints, in communion. And together dwell in this Cosmic Abode of the communion of saints. (Keep reading/watch, link in bio)

#vinitawright #communion #grace #allsaintsday #communionofsaints #paceofgrace #sanctification #reconcile #covenant #instrumentofpeace #womenclergy #feministpriest #feministpastor #nonbinary #inclusive #lovefirst #communion #paceofgrace #thepaceofgrace #argueitout #bewhoyouare #lovewashismeaning #reconciliation
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