My Best Life

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This is a poem which imagines the author in multiple past and present lives, particularly as a dachshund in the royal court of Fernando and Isabella. The poem explores the nature of prayer against the backdrop of human atrocity.
Before the first daisy petal of light
And before the rooster’s belated announcement

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The Gun Epidemic

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It was very disheartening for me to learn that so-called Christians keep and even carry guns in the USA. In reading about people taking guns to shop in stores, to work, school, and church, one has to wonder why? Fear is a very powerful force but something more insidious has

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Epiphany: War and Death are No Gift from God

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For tyrants do much for themselvesHerods among the nations that dwell for selfWhen bombs cloud the star that moves and shinesDust and fire skew where the Christ child sighs War and death are no gift from GodEven when they are clothed in god-like garb The wise ones follow the star so

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Beauty in Humanity: A College Student’s Journey

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Before I started college, I often heard stories of people losing their faith while in college. It was often the same kind of story: A student is shown the beauty of science which made it difficult to trust in religion. The student’s lived experience of non-religious folk did not match

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Noche UnSerena

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“Noche UnSerena” is a sketch inspired by the 2016 arrest of Lawrence Crosby, then a PhD student at Northwestern University. Crosby was falsely accused of stealing his own car, after police received a report from a young woman. This piece takes on her perspective, and imagines her crime as the

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“Melt Down”: A Song About Gun Violence

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Music and Lyrics by Lee Catoe, Managing Editor of Unbound Gold should melt in a fireLiquid beauty to make whateverNecklace on your neck or rings on your hand But Gold becomes an Idol Shines too bright and rivalsthe light of the ones who once did stand Bullets should melt in

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The UMC and a Poetic Lament

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From its creation in 1968, The United Methodist Church has struggled to hold traditional interpretations of biblical sexuality with a theology of an inclusive and grace-filled God.  In the Book of Discipline, the guiding organizational document for the UMC, we state that sexuality is “God’s good gift to all persons” and

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Legalizing Sin

4 mins read

On a rainy Thursday I saw a signNot from God but from a churchNot always the same thing In the shadow of my headlights it read:“If you want God to bless America, stop legalizing sin.”  I knew this was an affirmationOf a bill that meant to overturn same sex marriageTo

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Woodstock at 50: (A Chord) Deeper than Nostalgia

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I drove to Woodstock with five friends: 2 from work, 3 from church.  We got to Woodstock mid-afternoon on Friday, the fences were down, it was already a free concert. The size of the crowd shocked us, and it would keep on growing. We stretched out our sleeping bags not

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Poetry | Pittsburgh Reflections

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Dedicated to the Memory of the Pittsburgh 11. I am a Jew. I know some want to take my life For being a Jew. I learned about Anne Frank When I was just five years old. I’ve imagined living in the concentration camps. I’ve imagined dying in the gas chambers.

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