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Grace in Glitter
The Sacred Art of Drag
Sweat dripped from my neon green headband. And my hot pink armbands. My rainbow socks, too. I’d been dancing my cares away in class for over an hour, learning each step of the choreography for one of the latest pop songs. We were all exhausted, yet energized—that breathless feeling you get when your whole body gets lost in music and movement. As class ended, our dance instructor gathered us in a circle for our final cool-down activity.
Setting the inner compass
A Poetry Column
Reading poetry is one of the ways some of us nourish our faith, a way we set or reset our inner compass and stay focused on the big picture, on the spiritual journey. I know that is true for me. In this monthly column, ‘Setting the Inner Compass,’ I share some of the poems I find nourishing to the soul. I end most of my public programs with a benediction I learned from Marcus Borg adapted from the work of the Swiss philosopher Henri-Frédéric Amiel, “Life is short. We don't have much time to gladden the hearts of those who walk this way with us. So, be swift to love and make haste to be kind.” I think that when you move into another new year many of us, no matter our age, be
Theology in public life
Women worldwide continue to be stigmatized, excluded, and discriminated against simply because of the lack of understanding of women’s natural body cycle. Unfortunately, menstruation is still considered unspeakable in polite conversation, society, or church. This has been made even more prescient in light of the recent shortages and price hikes for tampons and sanitary napkins here in the United States and around the world. This patriarchal society still has great hesitancy and is silent when it comes to the idea of the monthly regulatory cycle of women because the idea of seeing blood is considered dirty,