Tattoo storytelling & owning our un-orthodoxy

May 30, 2018

In a recent social media conversation, I was described as “unorthodox” (some of you are already starting to laugh). While the rebellious part of me loved that designation, the pleaser part was left a little unsettled. Me? Unorthodox? Is that a joke? Did I read that right? While unorthodox technically means “contrary to what is […]

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A word about healing, worthiness & women’s bodies

May 15, 2018

This is the message shared on mother’s day, Sunday, May 13th during our community gathering. It is part of our “Embody: practicing resurrection through our bodies” series & is based on Luke 13:10-17. — Last Thursday,19-year-old Noura Huseein was sentenced to death. Noura grew up in Sudan, where it’s legal for a girl to be married […]

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Healing Our Broken & Beloved Bodies

May 8, 2018

This is the message that was shared on Sunday, May 6th during our community gathering. It is part of our “Embody: practicing resurrection through our bodies” series & is based on the following scriptures: So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them. – Genesis 1:27a A leper came to […]

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Re-imagining church & practicing sabbath

April 27, 2018

One of The Well’s core practices is that of “re-imagining” & we describe it like this: “While we respect and seek to follow a rich Christian heritage, we also value our freedom to creatively re-imagine the church in our current context. We are committed to questioning and critiquing our current practices, and are open to […]

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An invitation to come home

April 16, 2018

This is the message that was shared on Sunday, April 8th during our gathering. It is part of our “Embody: practicing resurrection through our bodies” series & is based on John 21:1-14. — I came across a painting this week that captured my attention. It’s a painting by David Hayward entitled “I Embrace My Roots” (to […]

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Let’s start here: bodies do matter.

April 12, 2018

This is the message that was shared on Sunday, April 8th during our gathering. It is part of our “Embody: practicing resurrection through our bodies” series & is based on John 20:19-31. — On my 40th birthday, I had the honor of performing my beloved grandmother’s funeral. It was one of the most difficult, yet richest […]

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Practicing resurrection through our bodies

April 5, 2018

“The Word became flesh & blood…” – John 1:14 The entirety of the gospel springs from this one not-so-minor detail: God came to us in a flesh & blood human being. Jesus came in a body. Through his body, we see what love & justice & generosity look like. Through his body, we see what […]

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Posture matters

February 13, 2018

We continue to move through the Narrative Lectionary & the art of seeing. Here are some words for the journey that were shared this Sunday. The text is John 9:1-41. — What is your initial posture toward “the other”? Before you can answer that question, it may be helpful to name who the “other” is for you […]

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Lent & returning to love

February 9, 2018

Another Lent is upon us & for some, this season can feel a lot like going through the motions. If we allow it, instead of a season of reflection, Lent can be another in a long line of religious rituals that leaves us less transformed & more weighed down in “shoulds” & shame. So, every […]

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On overturning the temple (John 2:13-22)

January 23, 2018

We continue to move through the Narrative Lectionary & right now we are in the gospel of John. Here are some words for the journey that were shared this Sunday. The text is John 2:13-22. — What would you do if you encountered an 8-foot bride on a busy street corner? If you are like […]

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