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Orient Lodge · 1w ago

Martin Luther King Weekend Reflection

This Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, I am spending some time reading Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or A Nightmare by James Cone. In it, he talks about the motto of the AME church: "G...
Orient Lodge · 2W ago

Epiphany, Theophany, Old Christmas, and Priests Forever

It is the midnight of Christmas in the old calendar, celebrated by Orthodox Christians. It is bitter cold outside, three degrees the last time I checked, and the furnace is working overtime...
Orient Lodge · 2W ago

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit, New Years 2018 and the Perpetual New Year

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit. Happy New Year. A new month begins. A new year begins. I’ve often written blog posts starting with Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit remember a childhood idea that doing thi...
Orient Lodge · 4W ago

Deconstructing the Established White Christmas: Homelessness, Immigration, and Pain

“I need help,” the old man said. He had come to the Homeless Memorial Service and was looking for food, shelter, and comfort. It had been a long day and I suspect all of us wanted to get h...
Orient Lodge · 1M ago

Ember Letter December 2017: Crossing Boundaries

There is a tradition in parts of Christendom for those on certain spiritual journeys to write quarterly letters about their journey. I’ve taken this up as one of my disciplines with my own ...
Orient Lodge · 1M ago

Transatlantic Hate Speech

This is the final weekly commentary I wrote for the News and Religion class I took this fall: This week in the News and Religion class I’m taking, we explored Hate Speech. The Ethical Journ...
Orient Lodge · 1M ago

Safety Pins and Favorite Verses from the Quran

Another commentary that I wrote for my News and Religion course: Shortly after the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, I started wearing a safety pin to show my desire to provide safe spaces fo...
Orient Lodge · 1M ago

The Unexpected Santa: An Advent Reflections of an Ontological Priest

St. Nicholas Day, 2017. 7:20 PM. The GPS announced, “In a quarter of a mile take a left on to Airport Road.” It was guiding me home from an unexpected engagement as Santa at the Community...
Orient Lodge · 1M ago

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit - December

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit. November went by without me writing a novel, or for that matter, much for the blog. I did write a lot for my classes and put some of those writings on my blog. Thi...
Orient Lodge · 1M ago

Two Psalms for the Modern World

This week, for my Old Testament class, I wrote two psalms for the modern world, attempting to mirror the content and poetic style as closely as possible, while writing about modern issues. T...