by Taryn Strauss, November 18 2020

Allowing Chaos

By Taryn Strauss“When you reach out, I am here hell or high water / This nest is never going away / My mission is to keep the light in your eyes ablaze.” —Alanis Morissette, “Ablaze”"Mama, can I tell you something?"I wish I could answer yes. I would shine motherly grace upon my five-year-old son an

by Erica Shadowsong, November 11 2020

Responsible for the World

By Erica Shadowsong“It has been said that Sekhmet is the Goddess of Ten Thousand Names. Some of these names are to be found in Ancient Egyptian texts and inscriptions. Some are revealed in contemporary times, through dreams, revelations, meditations, and inspirations.” —from Heart of the Sun: An An

by Julie Fanselow, November 4 2020

Day Zero

By Julie Fanselow“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” —Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall ApartSoon after my sweetheart was scheduled for a stem cell transplant, we realized it would take place the morning after the election. Day Zero is the nickname transplant patients

by Ndidi Achebe, October 28 2020

The Journey to Self-Love

By Ndidi Achebe“i found god in myself and i loved her i loved her fiercely” ―Ntozake ShangeI grew up in a working-class neighborhood where everyone looked like me. At the same time, I struggled with isolation, fear, and deep sadness. All too often adults told me to “cheer up,” that things would get

by HP Rivers, October 21 2020

Prayers Whispering to Each Other

By HP Rivers“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” —St. Francis of AssisiI open my Facebook feed and find another tragedy. Another beloved in pain. Another hug so desperately needed that I cannot give. Or receive. Those all seem to be piling up these days.I light a candle, then sn

by Karen G. Johnston, October 14 2020

At Arm's Length

By Karen G. Johnston“We practice safe six.” —sign at an eatery’s outdoor dining space during the COVID19 pandemicDuring this era of social distancing, to keep each other safe, we keep at least six feet distance between ourselves. One way to approximate this is by arm’s length: you extend your arm,

by Erika A. Hewitt, October 7 2020

The Golden "No"

By Erika A. Hewitt“‘No’ is golden. ‘No’ is the kind of power the good witch wields. It’s the way whole, healthy, emotionally evolved people manage to have relationships with jackasses while limiting the amount of jackass in their lives.” —Cheryl Strayed, writing as advice columnist "Dear Sugar"A fe

by Rachel Lonberg, October 1 2020

Honesty Over Comfort

By Rachel Lonberg“Surely we are safer behind some sort of a wall, protected from the grief of belonging. But all along your heart knew it was a lie, the polite fiction that you tell a child.Nothing bad can happen. You’re safe with me. —Rev. Lynn Ungar, in “Distance”In the early days of COVID-19, my

by Daniel Gregoire, September 23 2020

My Ancestors' Dreams

By Daniel Gregoire"...So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive." —Audre Lorde, “A Litany for Survival”Some days ago, a member of my congregation asked me how I’m coping with all that’s going on: a pandemic with no end in sight; the continuous loop of Black men being kille

by Christine Slocum, September 16 2020

Begetting Community

By Christine Slocum"In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” —Marianne WilliamsonNot atypical of Buffalo, there's a vacant house next door. And not atypical of vacant houses, it has a garage with a missing