Saturday, August 19, 2017

“Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible” :Salon: Gender, the Bible and Us, Sept 9th, 2017: 6:30-9pm, Freehold, NJ



Salon: Gender, the Bible and Us
Saturday evening, September 9th: 6:30-9pm, Joanie and Loni’s House in Freehold, NJ


Come enjoy this one-person performance and lecture DVD,
hang out together, have a nosh, chat about this subject…


Peterson Toscano in his one-person play: “Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible”:
I asked: who in the text is transgressing and transcending gender? I was shocked to discover some of the most important people, in the most important Bible stories, are gender non-conforming.

I believe this is an important, and potentially useful conversation;
and I hope you find it interesting!


The DVD is focused on Gender, in a Judeo-Christian biblical context.
Meanwhile, I believe this underlying conversation effects all of us.  
Would you like to talk about these kinds of issues:
  • How we do or do not fit comfortably into our Society’s gender roles; and
  • How do we deal with that, for ourselves? with others?
  • How has/does our Culture bend, influence our Gender experience and expression?
  • How does/can our Gender experience and expression bend, influence our Culture?

SO, regardless if you
  • identify as Queer or Trans
  • see the Bible as relevant to your life, or not.
Please come, invite your friends.

Let us know you plan to come, so we can plan, and update you on any changes of plan: Say you are coming on Facebook and/or contact me via email: Wendy
(If you need the address, let me know ; )




Tuesday, July 25, 2017

{Guest Post} Just because someone considers them to be weeds, doesn't make them worthless

{Guest Post} Michael R. Wolf
Originally written to "SLUG (St. Luke's Urban Garden)" list

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Last night, 4 fires were set at accumulations of stuff along the Burke-Gilman trail. They appear to (to most people's eyes) to have been piles of trash, including parts of chop-shopped (purportedly stolen) bikes. To other eyes, they were the accumulated belongings of unsheltered (FKA homeless) people.

As I biked home from Wallingford about an hour ago, I chatted with
* a news crew from KOMO 4 preparing to do a live news report, and
* 2 members of the Seattle Police Bomb Squad doing a fire investigation.

I get both sides of the issue. (Well, there are more than 2 sides, but these are 2 of them):

[Here's where it starts getting long. You can stop here if all you want is the "what".]

- People (of the unsheltered variety), by definition, have no shelter to store their "junk", and even if it appears as junk to us, if we were honest with ourselves, we have *many* times that amount. It's just hidden from view so it doesn't occur to us (or our neighbors) as "trash".

- People (of the sheltered variety), are frustrated at the increasing ugliness of the trash (NOT in double quotes) that overpowers the treasures inside, and a feeling of helplessness to make a difference as these accumulations grew over weeks and weeks.

(Notice that I started both of these points with the noun "People", not the adjectives "sheltered" or "unsheltered". That was deliberate.)

Since I don't have a crystal ball, I'm must speculatin'. Jus' sayin'. But I've also got some insights into both sides.

When I shared this news with Cannon Britt, her first words were "That's evil". And I agree. And.... after some discussion, she also acknowledged that she, too, feels frustrated at many of the activities that happen on (or near) St Luke's property. And.... she also *welcomes* these unsheltered people. Her feelings are both frustration AND welcoming.

To wit, I was sitting on the floor with the (very cute) little kids on Sunday when her "Children's talk" when she asked me (as the purported expert gardener) the (trick) question of "Which of these plants are weeds?", and I replied "Well... that depends on context. Some people would call of the plants, but they are pretty, too, so depending on the context they may not be considered weeds". That was, in fact the point of the "kid sermon" -- Just because someone considers them to be weeds, doesn't make them worthless. They're just out of place, or out of context. Her summary -- It's not wrong that people are camping on St Luke's property. It's wrong that there are not enough beds." That's a message (or reframing) the kids could get.

What's this got to do with SLUG, you may ask? Well, we're a COMMUNITY garden, and the COMMUNITY is learning how to coexist with itself. And the garden is part of that learning experiment. As frustrations flare up (pun intended), let's be a model for a good balance.

Canon Britt is good at being able to both welcome folks, but also to draw boundaries between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. I am not so great at that (yet), but I'm sure glad that she's around to model that kind of balance in her role as vicar (meaning "bishop's assistant in charge of a church or mission' - http://www.dictionary.com/browse/vicar) She's got a tough job straddling the roles of spiritual head of a mission church, and of the physical steward of the church's property. Tough job -- heart and head! (BTW... She's doing a great job!!!).

See you in the garden, along the Burke-Gilman trail (including the soon-to-be-completed "Missing Link"), and in the neighborhood....

Michael

P.S. As you might expect, I welcome a discussion. This is not a simple issue, so I don't expect that everyone will see it identically to me. And... I respect a respectful discussion (even if it's heated, passionate, or) as we live and learn.

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{Guest Post} Michael R. Wolf
MichaelRWolf@att.net - LinkedIn.com/in/MRWolf 
"All mammals learn by playing"






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Friday, June 9, 2017

Rest in God - a Meditation Workshop with Jesus - Wednesday, June 14, 2017; NJ Shore




In this Meditation Workshop, we will offer the opportunity to:

Say Hello to Jesus
  • Clear other's opinions about Jesus, get to know him deeper, in present time, for yourself.
  • Learn from Jesus spiritually, to shift into more Harmony with Jesus.  - some thoughts about Jesus here
Let Jesus lead you to Rest More Deeply in God 
Overall:
  • Learn and practice some basic meditation techniques.
  • Share your experience, if you choose, a couple times during this session.
  • Mostly, quietly enjoy sitting in a chair, letting go and experiencing your inner world. 

Details
  • 7:15 - 9:15pm 
  • Trinity Episcopal Church: 503 Asbury Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Is this workshop for you?
  • Jesus is available to you, regardless of your spiritual or religious background.
  • This workshop is targeted to folks from a Christian foundation, and ALL are welcome.
  • Whether this is your first or your millionth meditation, you can profit from this workshop.

Logistics
  • Space is limited. Please e-mail me that you are coming.
  • Freewill Donation - this workshop is usually $35, please give as you are led.  Half of all donations will to go to Trinity's Saturday Soup Program.  
  • Bring a snack to share if you would like - we will enjoy a break about half-way through the workshop.

    • You can come at 7:15 for workshop - come through parking lot, and enter silver and glass doors.  Come into hallway, turn left, room is on left.  I will arrive when Mass is over.
    • OR You can come at 6:30 for Worship/Mass (all are welcome) - come in main church (red) doors, to the chapel in the front right of church. 

      • Can’t make this?  Please join my infrequent newsletter, and I will invite you to future workshops in NJ and online.
      • Please invite your friends for this sweet and nourishing opportunity.
      • Plan ahead - check address, if you have questions or need assistance, contact me ASAP - I am not available after 6pm on Wednesday, I will be in church and then in the workshop.

      in Life, Wendy


      If you are not familiar with my ministry, here is a little info:


      Come unto me, all ye labouring and burdened ones, and I will give you rest, take up my yoke upon you, and learn from me, because I am meek and humble in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls, for my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.’ - Matthew 11:28-30





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      Tuesday, April 18, 2017

      Let It BE: Powerfully Being-with What IS, with Mother Mary - NJ Shore Meditation Workshop


      Meditation Workshop - Wednesday, April 19th - 7:15 - 9:15pm
      at Trinity Episcopal Church: 503 Asbury Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712


       
      Say Hello to Mother Mary
      • Clear your own and other’s opinions; get to know Mary deeper, in present time, for yourself - as a friend, a guide, a model.
      • Learn from Mary spiritually: to REST and organically SHIFT into more Harmony with God, and who we are IN God.
      • Let Mary spiritually show us how to more easily Let Go, Let God, and BE with what IS:
        • * Experiencing the Reality of the Wholeness that we Are in God (which is a deep healing for us).
        • * Inviting blessings/gifts/fruit such as: Truth/Validation, Trust, Gratefulness, Forgiveness, Acceptance, Faith, True Certainty.

      In this Meditation, you will have the opportunity to:
      • Learn and practice some basic meditation techniques.
      • Share your experience, if you choose, a couple times during this session.
      • Mostly, quietly enjoy letting go and experiencing your inner world.


      Is this workshop for you?
      • This workshop is targeted to folks from a Christian foundation, and ALL are welcome.
      • Whether this is your first or your millionth meditation, you can profit from this workshop.

      Logistics
      • Space is limited. Please register on Facebook, or PM me that you are coming.
      • Freewill Donation - this workshop is usually $35, please give as you are led.  All donations will to go to Trinity's Saturday Soup Program.  (Cash or a check made out to Trinity Church)
      • Bring a snack to share if you would like - we will enjoy a break about half-way through the workshop.

      • You can come at 7:15 for workshop - come through parking lot, and enter silver and glass doors.  Come into hallway, turn left, room is on left.  I will arrive when Mass is over.
      • OR You can come at 6:30 for Worship/Mass (all are welcome) - come in main church (red) doors, to the chapel in the front right of church. 

      • Can’t make this?  Please join my infrequent newsletter, and I will invite you to future workshops in NJ and online.
      • Please invite your friends for this sweet and nourishing opportunity.
      • Plan ahead - check address, if you have questions or need assistance, contact me ASAP - I am not available after 6pm on Wednesday, I will be in church and then in the workshop.

      in Life, Wendy

      If you are not familiar with me and my ministry, here is a little info:
      • After a similar workshop: "This was my first real encounter with Mary and it was encouraging. I’m amazed and delighted that I can actually visit with her.” - Lisa Agard, Seattle
      • Many years ago, I wrote this in my Christian-focused blog, a similar theme to this coming workshop: Forgiveness: Not by might nor by power, but by Spirit
      • Today, before I knew the theme for this workshop, I wrote in my blog for the general public: True Certainty and Humility as Friends


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