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Jul 15, 2018 16 tweets 6 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
Yesterday at #WildGoose2018 was incredible:
1) I shared on the main stage about the radical practice of gratitude -- and how if we read the Easter story through the lens of gratefulness, Maundy Thursday -- not Good Friday -- becomes the most significant event of justice and eschatology.
2) Had lunch with @RevJacquiLewis and our two wonderful spouses -- a true table of trusted friends.
Met up with the ever-creative @annaclaire713, a Methodist pastor from Alabama whose joy, energy, and justice-imagination never ceases to inspire me.
Was part of a #WildGoose2018 "Living Room" event with @brianmclaren, Randall Balmer, and @Frank_Schaeffer that might well go down in Goose history for its taking us all on a journey that was revelatory and profoundly moving.
Good book signing. Saw friends. Almost stung by a bee. Yeah. #WildGoose2018 has bugs. 😉
Hung out @pagitt's tent to tape a @HomebrewedXnty pod w/@brianmclaren hosted by @trippfuller. We talked everything from the Cappadocian theologians to Scottish peasants, land removal & finding a life-giving justice narrative. And yes, Trump, too. Don't miss it when it comes out!
Along #WildGoose2018 pathways, I had a lovely and short chat with @KaitlinCurtice, who is such a good human and talented young writer.
Gave @johnpavlovitz a hug.
(And he gave me the proofs of his upcoming book, "Hope and Other Superpowers")
Got a hug from @xinmetoo, who had come directly from the Episcopal General Convention.
Met @JenHatmaker for the first time -- she is warm, smart, funny, and kind. I hope it won't be our last meeting.
Saw so many friends and good colleagues that I can't even keep track.
And we (Richard and I) ended the day having dinner with Barbara Brown Taylor, her husband Ed, and @pastormitchell. What a table of story-telling!
And those are the sorts of things that happen at #WildGoose2018 -- the spirit blows and she brings unexpected gifts -- all day, everyday.
Multiply my little thread by 4500 (the number of people here), and you pretty much get the pic of #WildGoose2018 -- the spirit moving in 10s of 1000s of surprising, life-affirming, hopeful ways.

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Oct 8, 2018
Since Friday, I was mostly off-line -- I was leading a retreat at Ghost Ranch, NM. This was the view I woke up to:
I'd make some sort of snarky comment like, "What did I miss?"

But I know what I missed. Just enough wifi to hear some of the news.
It was hard -- knowing that was happening, how important, how much pain my friends and colleagues were feeling, how angering. How I'd been shaking with rage for days before I got to NM.
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Sep 30, 2018
Well, it is #SundayMorning and the lectionary readings again preach themselves. For those of you who don't know what a lectionary is, it is an assigned 3 yr cycle of readings for churches -- prepped long ago.

The text for this week is the story of Esther.
About a woman -- in this case, the Queen -- who stands up against male authorities and insists on justice.

(Yeah, you can't make these things up.)
The king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther. On the second day, as they were drinking wine, the king again said to Esther, “What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled.”
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Sep 29, 2018
I don't expect much out of Jerry Falwell, but this one leaves me nearly speechless.

There is NOTHING here that remotely resembles Christianity.
There is no ethical position in political theology EVER in church history that supports these words.
It is a clear attack on Jeff Flake -- whose friendship, it is widely reported, with Chris Coons is based (in part) on the belief that quiet faith is an aspect of the moral life of politics.
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Sep 28, 2018
Dear Sen .@JeffFlake:
I grew up in Scottsdale, graduating from Saguaro HS in 1977. During 1976-77, I was Chairperson of AZ Teenage Republicans and was Teenage Republican of the Year.
I even have a letter from Sen Goldwater thanking me for my energy and passion for the Republican party in Arizona.
A lot of my friends now don't know that, because, quite honestly, it has been a long time since I've voted for the GOP. Because the party hasn't been good to women. A party I once proudly served seemed to betray women like me with a deep commitment to justice.
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Sep 27, 2018

I realized something today I'd never realized before.

I've written about my own #MeToo that happened when I was 14. For years after, I was terrified of flying.
It never occurred to me that there could have been a connection between the two things.
I didn't want to be confined in a small space with strangers -- one in which I was strapped in with no control.
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Sep 27, 2018
I'm so grateful for @KaitlinCurtice -- brave warrior loving woman.
I'm so grateful for @GlennonDoyle -- honest, funny, justice storyteller.
I'm so grateful for @CarolHoward -- pastor with a heart for healing.
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