June 24, 2018 Service by Brittany Packnett

Today, Brittany Packnett spoke about names.  I fear I will not be able to do justice to her thoughts.  The thrust of it is that we should respect the individual and the culture enough to speak a person's name.  A name is who a person is.  One of the most efficient ways to demean a person is to rob that person of his or her name.  And this is rooted in deep racism of course.  The first thing a slave owner would take away from a slave is his or her name.  Slave owners would give the new arrivals a new name.

Learn a person's name.  It comes with the person.  Often it is rooted in that person's culture.  That's ok.  Learn to speak is properly.

Brittany had a lot to say and i'm not doing it justice.  We had a long discussion afterward.

Find out more about Brittany: here.

Peace,

Rick

June 17, 2018 Service about Fathers

Fathers are a complicated lot.  Today we talked about fathers.  Some of them had very hard lives and never talked about it.  Many who go off to war never talk about it.  Andy's father was an immigrant from Ireland and it was a very hard transition to come to America.  He didnt talk about it (much).  Fathers are impish, fun, foolish.  My own father would do anything not to appear foolish.  And fathers can be dictators and supportive at the same time.  We talked a lot about our fathers.

...and we read and meditated over Fathering Words:

Fathering Words
Fathering Words
Meditation

I invite you into a period of quiet meditation.
Close your eyes if you wish, and get comfortable in your seat.

Think about the father-figure you carry in your heart.
I invite you to remember the gifts and the wounds you received from that person or persons.
If any feelings come up, just breathe deeply
and honor those feelings as a connection with your own heart…

[Silence]

As we close our meditation,
I invite you to listen to some fathering words that we don’t get to hear often enough.

[Male reader, mindfully]:
I love you, just the way you are.
I have confidence in you. You can achieve your goals.
I will stand behind you; you can depend on me.
I am proud of you.
Stand up for yourself. Your opinions and feelings are important.
I have faith in you.

[Silence]

When you are ready, you can breathe deeply three times, and open your eyes.

Peace,

Rick

June 10, 2018 Service about Resistance in South Dakota

Today, Rev David Soliday came to tell us about his experience with the resistance in South Dakota that he was witness to.  We must not forget that the water in our Western lands is being stewarded by the native tribes even now.  It has dropped from the news headlines, but the danger increases as each day goes by.  The history of these engineering projects is that they leak.  Someone has to be vigilant.  Someone is vigilant even today.  Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Peace,

Rick

June 3, 2018 Service about Resistance

This was a sermon delivered by Pastor Kimberly Quinn Johnson.  She said not all resistance is the same and we must be clear what we are resisting.  We resist the unfamiliar, we resist the uncomfortable, We resist change.  For some, our surrounding culture was familiar and comfortable, but now they look foreign and challenging.  

To overcome resistance, takes love.  Love paired with power is justice, she said.  Love is the art of nurturing our interdependence.  Love is the rejection of fear.  Love creates space for others.

So how do we know what resistance is worth engaging in?  Resistance is courage born from Love.


And, finally, she made the point that rejoicing opens us up to healing.  It is hope.  Sing out, even if you aren't very good at it.  Once we blend in, all the voices together sound great and give us hope.

Peace,

Rick

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