A Word About Christmas

If you had to write down five words to describe Christmas, I wonder what they would be. If you are a Christian, I hope one of those words is Jesus. For anybody who lives in the U.S.A., Santa Claus may be one of the words. Family, presents, tree, or food might be on your list. You may even list wonder, manger, and miracle. But, what if you could just use one word, just one, to describe Christmas? What if you only had one chance to distill it down to its very essence? What would your word be? Courage. That’s the … Read the full post

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An Event on Concussions and Sports Justice

Dear Friends,

On Sunday, March 20 at 4:30pm at the Lafayette Theater, John and I are hosting a screening of the powerful new documentary, The Business of Amateurs, created by former USC football player, Bob Demars.  Following the film we will have a panel discussion on concussions and issues of justice in sports with Bob Demars and Purdue engineers doing ground breaking research on concussions.

If you can, please help us raise the funds to cover the costs of this important event.

Learn more here.

Peace,

Marcia

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Power to the Players!

Saturday evening, many of the University of Missouri football players took a stand against racism at their school. They said no more football until the University President resigns because of his failure to address both the overt and systemic racism that has repeatedly reared its head at UM. I hear a lot of white people (especially of the male variety), expressing “concern” and even anger that players would have the audacity to make such demands. They say they should have their scholarships revoked if they refuse to participate in team activities and games. This kind of reaction is just the … Read the full post

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New Book Released on Racism and the Church

Dear Friends,

My new book, A Body Broken, A Body Betrayed: Race, Memory, and Eucharist in White-Dominant Churches, co-authored with Duke Divinity School theologian Mary McClintock Fulkerson, is out from Cascade Books.  ABodyBroken_330w

I hope you will take a look and encourage your congregations and book groups to read it. You can find more information about the book here.  And you can purchase it here.

Peace,
Marcia

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Guided Meditation-The Wind Blows Where it Chooses

Taking a few minutes to breathe and feel yourself at home in the world and in your body can enrich every part of you.  Just find a place to sit down and click here.

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A Cross Country Parable

There once was *a boy who played a lot of video games. He always got picked last in gym class and he had started to believe he wasn’t ever going to find something he was good at. There once was a girl who had lots of friends but lived in fear they would find out her secret shame. She lived in a household with lots of pain. She wondered if the scars would ever disappear. There once was another boy for whom running came easy. He was good at it, but had never really risked working too hard. It was … Read the full post

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Registration Open for Wandering Home 2016

The rhythm of telling and listening, movement and stillness,
song and silence has been very restorative for me
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It has been grace-filled. The shape of the retreat allowed me to shed layers of hurt and anger and become transparent to joy.
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I feel like I’m visible again~I found deep unnamed healing
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It was my first spiritual retreat, but it won’t be my last.
-2014 Wandering Home Participant Testimonials

Wandering Home 2016 will be held at St. Mary’s in Sewanee, TN. Click here for more information and to register.

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The Whence of the Isms of (the) U(nited)S(tates)…

I am a contributor to the Feminism and Religion blog.  Here is an excerpt of my most recent post. Thus, when enemies or friends Are seen to act improperly, Be calm and call to mind That everything arises from conditions. -Shantideva, Bodhicharyāvatāra The early Indian teacher, Shantideva, calls humanity to a deeper exploration of the people and situations we encounter. While it may sound simple, his invitation can be very difficult for American mentalities. He is asking us to look at something more complicated than the individual who acts; he is pointing us toward the causes and conditions that give … Read the full post

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A Brush with What’s Most Beautiful

Pelicans dive bombing into fish full ocean Sometimes one, sometimes four in tandem Then the dorsal breach of a dolphin startles me My heart leaps You are here Moving, showing yourself, gliding from depths to surface with calm attentiveness More fins, you are never alone. Your pod and the flock linger in this spot where I set up watch First it was just me witnessing you all and the rhythm of these moments Then others stopped and turned and set their sights to catch a glimpse A glimmer of the mystery of a life so fluid, so immediate to itself– filled … Read the full post

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Made Well: A Sermon on Healing and White Supremacy

SERMON “MADE WELL” SCRIPTURE: PSALM 30, MARK 5:21-43 BETHANY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, LAFAYETTE, IN June 28, 2015 The Rev. Dr. Marcia Mount Shoop, Preaching Often the lectionary seems to have providential timing—and this week is a startling example of the mysterious way God’s provisions weave their way through our lives. If there was ever a time when we need to attend to the details and contours of Jesus’ healing touch, it is this week in America. And healing is the main item of business in the passages the lectionary directed us to today. This week in America we’ve gotten to know … Read the full post

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