Taking It Down: a sacred call for deconstructing oppression

June 7, 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

On June 2, 2017, over 300 people gathered in downtown Minneapolis on the grounds of the Walker Art Museum’s redesigned sculpture garden, not quite finished and not yet opened, to witness the ceremonial deconstruction of an installation titled “Scaffold.” Designed by artist Sam Durant, “Scaffold” was modeled after a gallows used to hang 38 Dakota […]

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Soul time, Sabbath time

May 29, 2017 | Tags: , , , , ,

broken pocket watch with no hands

Back when time had hands and a face and watches were wound daily, my grandfather fixed clocks and watches at an old wooden workbench at the back of his jewelry store. When I was about ten, he gave me a shoebox of old watch and clock parts – springs and gears as well as hands […]

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A Time for Sacred Stories

April 12, 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

We are in a sacred time. Whether celebrating Passover or preparing for Easter or praising the abundance of birdsong and buds bursting out everywhere, we are all in a sacred time marked by stories of rising and uprising, of liberation and new life, of hope and relief from tyranny, suffering and dormancy. Powerful transformative stories […]

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Democracy Is a Crowded Thing

March 1, 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , ,

This week, attending a town hall meeting with my congressional representative, I was lucky to get a chair. Others stood, filling the banquet hall of a country restaurant despite the fact that we’d had less than 24 hours’ notice and it was mid-morning on a weekday. I thought of other representatives’ recent town hall meetings […]

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