Reenter the past

Memories rise,
unexpected, unbidden:
haunted, haunting specters
from days before.

Ancient pains recur;
old wounds ache, ooze;
what was, and what was not,
pierces the heart.

Old patterns emerge,
crystallize, gain strength,
seeking to shape behavior
yet again.

Old habits appear,
shatter new resolutions
with ease,
reasserting former ways.

All occur as we
cross the threshold
of once-lived places,
reentering the past.

28 August 2014
Cleveland Heights, OH

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New creation

The facade cracks,
slowly falls away.
The truth,
only the truth,
painful, wrenching truth
remains.
Naked, vulnerable,
do we
retreat to old pretenses,
erect new falsehoods,
renew delusions?
Or do we dare
open ourselves to
resurrection,
new creation?

28 August 2014
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

 

 

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Reflections Along the Journey: Theological Narratives of Korean American Clergywomen

W. Mark Koenig:

Grace Ji-Sun Kim and a number of my friends have an exciting project in the works. You can help support this book!

Originally posted on Grace Ji-Sun Kim:

book_imageWe are doing a Pubslush Campaign to raise funds to help publish a new book, Reflections Along the Journey: Theological Narratives of Korean American Clergywomen
(Judson Press).

Please help spread the word and please support our publication.  Please go to the original site to donate.  Thank you!!

 

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Purple Flowers, Trader Joe’s, Woodmere

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24 August 2014

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From a moment to a movement #2

W. Mark Koenig:

Thanks to the Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia for gathering sermons, prayers, and reflections from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on responding to the killing of Michael Brown and the response in Ferguson and addressing the systemic racism which ensnares us all.

Originally posted on Stumbling on Grace:

I’ve been unable to do much in the past 24 hours…shh, don’t tell my congregation. Actually, tell them that I can’t do anything more than prayerfully discern a way forward as the violence in Ferguson continues, get angry, stay awake at night trying to figure out what I/we can do to respond, be restless, and get angry again.  Oh, and about a hundred of other emotions in between.

If there’s anything that I’ve noticed, it’s that many people from across the denomination are yearning for more. Many want sustenance that can keep us going for the long journey to face the systemic problems that led to the shooting of Michael Brown.  There is a diversity of opinion below, that’s for sure.  I’m not screening what goes up here, I’m sharing what Presbyterians from across the country have shared with me.  Read them.  Disagree.  Agree.  Struggle.  Pass them along.  Use them.

Sermons and…

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From a moment to a movement

W. Mark Koenig:

People are more important than labels. Get involved in the movement for justice. A reflection on the biblical story of the Canaanite woman and Jesus by the Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia, Vice-Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014). I am grateful for her words. I am honored to be her friend.

Originally posted on Stumbling on Grace:

“It can’t just be a moment, it needs to be a movement.”

My English major sensibilities need you to know that this is not a direct quote. I can’t even remember where it came from in the virtual pile of articles about the violence and confrontations in Ferguson, MO this week.  The spirit of these words continue to haunt me as I remember Mike Brown, unarmed and shot to death by local police last weekend.  Everything feels like it is cracking around us. Look at the United States.  Don’t stop there, look around the world. Violence, disease, civil unrest, power, corruption, privilege, hunger, yearning, longing.

And then there she is, the Canaanite woman in this week’s lectionary reading from Matthew 15: 21-28, who peeks her head out from the biblical narrative to shake us back to the core of humanity.  She’s a mother who will not let the discomfort of others bring…

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Feliz cumpleaños, Roberto

Roberto_ClementeRoberto Clemente would have been 80 yesterday.

Today is World Humanitarian Day.

It seems fitting that these two days fall so closely together.

As great a ballplayer as he was, Roberto was a greater humanitarian, a greater man.

Feliz cumpleaños, Roberto. Te recuerdo.

See you along the Trail.

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