2022: being kia

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What are you dedicating your 2022 to? What is your anchor word? What song is guiding you through the year? What I write below describes what’s grounding my 2022. Hopefully it can help you ground your 2022 too. Two years ago as I was preparing to celebrate my 38th birthday, I came across a bunch of […]

The Beyoncé 40

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I’m officially two months, 19 days and 14 hours from my 40th birthday, so I should have something more reflective and thoughtful to say as Beyoncé turns 40. We’ve grown into our womanhood together. Her music has been the soundtrack to my life since I was 16 years old. For every moment there’s a Beyoncé song playing in the background.

Maundy Thursday Communion

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Here’s a mini Maundy Thursday service. I really enjoyed this message from SarcasticLutheran. “Hurt people, hurt people. Forgiven people, forgive people. And loved people, love people.” Sermon Communion Minister: The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my […]

Dust of the Earth Face Ass

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“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Humans are interesting creatures. We don’t like to face our own mortality. It scares us. The uncertainty combined with the finality of death is terrifying. So we avoid facing our own mortality at all cost.  We pretend that we and our parents aren’t aging. […]

Leaning Into Grief

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Grief is a wet, weighted blanket being thrown at you full speed. It’s heavy. It knocks you down. It hurts. You can’t breathe, you can’t see, and you can barely move.  There are times when you have time to prepare for the impending grief. You can anticipate its arrival and steady yourself for its impact. […]

The Danger of Discrediting “Strippers Rapping”

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Salt-N-Pepa’s lyrics helped me learn to verbalize the concepts of sexual liberation, autonomy, and women’s ability to be sexual without losing their dignity. Their lyrics were a rebellious voice that challenged the sexism, respectability politics, and the confining and conservative interpretation of womanhood that was present in the church and culture around me.

Black Jesus, a Non-Virgin Mary and the Image of God

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Last week NBC announced that John Legend had been cast as Jesus of Nazareth in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! which will air Easter Sunday. Legend’s casting bumps against the traditional portrayal of Jesus as a white man, despite historical and biblical accounts describing Jesus as a Middle Eastern Jew. While it’s important to […]