• Stumbled onto this beautiful American Kestrel hunting for lunch on my walk through the meadow this afternoon. 📷

  • “The cross embodies the deep contradictions between the empire’s claims about itself and the truth known only by the victims of the empire.”

    Ralphael G. Warnock, The Divided Mind of the Black Church

  • “Obedience is a matter of love, which makes it voluntary, not compelled by fear or force.”

    Dorothy Day

  • Excited that my Ida B. Wells pin finally arrived.

  • “There lingers on the edge of human memory a mood, a notion, a half thought, a vauge awareness that once somewhere things were far better than they are now… Eden must have been an ineffably beautiful place.”

    Gardner Taylor, NBC Radio Sermons

  • In this week’s newsletter I’m still thinking about wilderness and exile, with some help from a beautiful and sad book about how we treat immigrants in this country.

  • The fresh oat and honey sourdough has our apartment smelling wonderful this morning.

  • The Red-breasted Mergansers seemed to appreciate the receding lake ice this afternoon. 📷

  • As for you, my beloved, if you sit at table, remember that from the table you must go to prayer. Fill your belly so moderately that you may not become too heavy to bend your knees and call upon your God.

    St. John Chrysostom, On Wealth and Poverty 📚

  • God of mercy, in this season when you call the Church to conversion, help us to overcome the divisions that threaten us and to build it up in your peace, through Jesus, the Christ, our Lord.

    Benedictine Daily Prayer

  • In my latest newsletter I begin reflecting on the biblical themes of wilderness and exile with some help from Kelly Brown Douglas.

    “Manifest destiny was evidence that this people - white people - were God’s people and that this land was the land of his promise.”

  • Day-off walk through a whole bunch of snow in Jackson Park.

  • Exploring the frozen lakeshore this afternoon.

  • Good mail day.

  • The Epiphany star stays up until Lent.

    “For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” (Luke 2:30-32)

  • A good afternoon on the sledding hill.

  • Sabbath walk.

  • Today’s newsletter: Trauma, Terror, and Better Questions

    “How did we get here? We have to ask this question. But when we make this our first question - and often our only question - we are revealing just how incapable we are of answering it truthfully.”

  • You preached the sermon. You wrote the letter to your congregation, your ministry, your team. You’ve spoken publicly against the evil of white supremacy. Great!

    Now what? May I suggest my book for those ready to lead into genuine solidarity with the Body of Christ?

  • Very good mail day!

  • Taking an all-day class about soul care which, after this week, couldn’t have come at a better time.

    Friends, take good care of yourselves.

  • New Years Eve peace march to remember those in Chicago who were violently taken from us this year.

    May God bless their families. May we be worthy of their legacies.

  • Their favorites: a drone and a metal detector. Just warm enough to try them out this afternoon.

  • Is it possible to eat too many xiao long bao? Not in our experience.

  • Christmas breakfast: sourdough cinnamon rolls.

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