Category Archives: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

AdventWord 2022 – December 25 – #Emmanuel

Emmanuel. God with us. If God is with us, any photo would work to express Emmanuel. I chose several that show working for justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God by visiting elected representatives, advocating, making a public witness, and amplifying other voices.

Photo 1 – New York delegation at Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2019, Washington, DC.

Photo 2 – Advocacy postcards for immigration justice, Whitestone, NY – 2018

Photo 3 – Standing Rock, SD – 2016

Photo 4 – Whitestone, NY – 2015

Photo 5 – Louisville, Ky – May 1, 2021

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AdventWord 2022 – December 23 – #restore

Great conversation about how to restore people with the Rev. Dr. Don Shriver, president emeritus at Union Theological Seminary, and the Rev. Stanley Chimeysa, prison chaplain from the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian in Malawi.

They are leading thinkers and practitioners of restorative justice.

Their thinking and acting is moving toward transformative justice.

Photo: February 11, 2019; Manhattan, New York; not sure who took the photo. Obviously not me. There were several other people present.

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AdventWord 2022 – December 21 – #obedience

With thanks to my friend Jimmie Hawkins for the profound reminder that obedience to higher principles, values, and visions often requires disobedience to unjust and immoral laws, rules and regulations. Order Unbroken and Unbowed.

Photo: 25 June, 2022; Louisville, Kentucky

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AdventWord 2022 – December 7 – #winnowing

The dictionary says of “winnow” =

(of the wind) blow.

“the autumn wind winnowing its way through the grass”

It’s not grass. And I don’t know the season. But it seems to me the wind has winnowed this tree a lot over a lot of time.

Photo: 25 August 2012, Allenspark, CO

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A prayer while packing food

Thank you, God,

for all my colleagues who

generously gave to support the local pantry.

Watch over all who receive this food,

help them know your presence.

Guide us Gpd to work to create a system

in which your abundance is shared

so that all your precious children

have enough.

We pray in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

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AdventWord 2022 – December 4 #delight

At the end of Eric and Essie Koenig-Reinke’s wedding.

It has been a while.

But delight lasts a long, long time.

Photo: 8 June 2022, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA

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AdventWord 2022 – December 3 #unity

A Palestinian flag flies in a camp at Standing Rock.

A witness to solidarity.

A reminder that all struggles for justice are intertwined.

A symbol of unity.

Photo: 14 November 2016, Standing Rock, North Dakota

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AdventWord 2022 – December 2 #ready

The Rev. Essie Koenig-Reinke celebrates communion at the service where she was ordained as a minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She was ordained by the Presbytery of Baltimore at Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church (DMPC).

If ever anyone was ready for ordained ministry (and most folks who reach that point are), Essie was. Her ministry at DMPC and beyond os a blessing.

Photo: 14 November 2021, Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, Maryland

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AdventWord 2022 – November 28 #together

Women’s Day March
March, 2015
New York, New York

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A prayer for the family, colleagues, and friends of the Rev. Dr. James Reese

The Rev. Dr. James Reese died on June 17 at age 98; he served over 70 years as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); he lived his life in ministry.

For the Rev. Dr. James Foster Reese (presente!):
for his life and love
for his faith and kindness
for his courage and witness
for his persistent challenge to white supremacy
for his insistent commitment to justice
for his consistent service to Jesus,
revealed in so many ways but particularly
as he ‘refused to leave the table’ where decisions were made
even when he felt pushed to the margins and ignored,
thanks be to God.
For his wife, Neola,
his family,
his friends,
his colleagues in ministry,
his mentees,
and all who knew and loved him,
we ask your comfort, God.
Keep his memory present and alive
as an inspiration and example to us all.
We pray in the name of Jesus
who the Rev. Dr. Reese followed.
Amen.

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