When I saw the pictures similar to the ones above and below, projected on the screen I turned to our church board chair and whispered, “Hey, where is my horse? You owe me a horse!” She tried to restrain her chuckle. The leaders of local churches who are about to experience a change in pastoral… Continue reading What Itinerancy REALLY Looks Like Today
My body knows it’s coming I know because each vertebra Shouts: “Crack!” As I drop down Surrendering like a swan Into my rag-doll yoga pose I am like a rag-doll with nothing left in me but the shredded fabric of colors I brought to their table my back is exposed ready for whipping… Continue reading poem one #NaPoWriMo
Growing up we owned one volume of the Enciclopedia de Cultura Puertorriqueña. The thick tome titled "Hombres Ilustres" (Illustrious Men) contained short biographies of all the men who shaped the history of Puerto Rico. From composer Juan Morel Campos to visual artist Jose Campeche; from teacher Rafael Cordero to poet and politician Luis Muñoz Rivera;… Continue reading 5 (+1) Influential Mujeres Who Shaped Me
I’ve been praying away the extra ten pounds I gained through the holidays. But nothing is happening. I do not think God will come through for me on this one, my way, anyway. Right about now you might be in the same predicament I am in. I am having a hard time staying on track… Continue reading Can you save your 2019 goals in March?
As a minister you know all too well how intense it is to feel burned out, especially during the High Holy days. You wonder sometimes, is there any way to avoid it? Does it come with the territory? The holidays can be especially stressful for ministers and their families; not only because of the… Continue reading 3 Things Small Church Ministers Can Do (or…Not Do) to Enjoy the Holidays
A Thanksgiving reflection on attributes of Jesus.
Desperté con el sonido que hace la barra de acero cuando abren el portón de enfrente. Y salieron a borbotones Desesperadas y libres las lagrimas que Resguarde para días mas tristes. Te extrañé teniéndote Enfrente. Justo, ahí, sonriente Con ojos dulces Adorándome Escuche tu voz y su canción Que me calma acunándome en lo… Continue reading Te Soñe Por Ultima Vez
One day when I can no longer go on this is what I want to say to new friends: “I am back from the fields I’ve spent there the best of my years Where I’ve been What I’ve seen and heard And the lives that toiled Next to mine I have no doubt That… Continue reading Before Us, Eden
I’m a pacifist and I’m angry. Those two terms are not mutually exclusive. If you are a woman of color who has something to say You have been accused of “being an angry person” And being called angry is meant to call you out To point out to a deficiency in your character. This tactic… Continue reading Angry
I have indeed Encountered evil In the holiest of places. Gnashing of teeth Fueled by fear By the faithful to a gospel They personally Not know yet. Altars are lifted daily To the gods of comfort To the gods of power To the gods of me and myself To the gods of manipulation And deceit.… Continue reading Enfleshed Evil, Part 1