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Rev. Naomi King
Unitarian Universalist minister, pirate, knitter, and lover of life!
Interests: knitting, gardening, laughing, cooking, reading, social media, using this wheelchair to go places!
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Whose experiences, perspectives, and voices are at the center of sacred texts and the history of interpreting those texts matters. This week’s selection, Leviticus 14:1-15:33, is particularly illustrative of these truths. The sacred text discusses three forms of ordinary bodily... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Leviticus is a lengthy meditation on how we prepare to meet the Holy. This week we encounter Leviticus 12:1-13:59, which details returning from an ordinary state after childbirth to an elevated state, that is, before heading to ritual life and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Food is a big deal. How we nourish ourselves says so much about who we are and what we believe. Our food choices might reflect our natal culture or our aspirational culture, our spiritual or religious or non-spiritual culture, a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at The Wonderment
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What we do matters. How we do it matters. Our intentions, our actions, and our results matter as we seek to cultivate our relationship with the Holy and to fulfill our faithful promises. Both Leviticus 6:1-8:36 and Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9:22-23,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at The Wonderment
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In any healthy relationship, we give and we receive. We recognize the goodness in the relationship. We renew that goodness in lots of tiny ways: daily greetings, hugs, showing up for an otherwise bad day, staying present through tough times,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2019 at The Wonderment
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This week’s Parashah (Parashat Pekudei: Exodus 38:21-40:38), as last week’s reading did, opens a door to us to consider how it is to have heart to create and craft beauty. Last week, just as the Holy is described at the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Parashat Vayakhel (Exodus 35:1-38:20) teaches about Sabbath-keeping and about meaningful work in freedom. As free people, both rest and work have different meanings than when the people were enslaved, such different meanings that we might discuss dignity and work in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Parashat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35) offers us more attentiveness to worship and other spiritual practices. But in the middle of this passage, we find the story of the Golden Calf, and the condemnation of being “stiff-necked” or arrogant. Arrogance, in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Spiritual practices do many things, like orient us towards the Holy, or strengthen our connection to all of being. Some practices strengthen our breathing and others strengthen our body and yet others strengthen our reasoning and our feeling. Many spiritual... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Climate change has already displaced and will increasingly displace so many people, across and within national borders. One of the persistent fears during evacuations is that folks will not be permitted to return and will lose everything they value, from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Moving through world as I do, I am daily dependent on the kindness and knowledge of strangers. Most of these are strangers I will never meet, like the people maintaining ocean buoys that track water temperatures and aid in forecasting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at The Wonderment
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When suffering is increased in our world through obstinacy and turning away from the cries of the beleaguered, dismissing or downplaying those cries, or suggesting that those now out of resources can simply arrange themselves some more like the people... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2019 at The Wonderment
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There is so much suffering and grief in this life, in our world. How we do we ever sing anything besides dirges or dance passionately or dream of unknown worlds or launch ourselves into discovering what is yet to be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Home: it can mean so many different things to each of us. Home is a place we live much of the time, or a family that raised us, or an escape from work, or a nest of love and care,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Towards the end of each year, I spend time in meditation and prayer considering the daily spiritual themes - or touchstones - to focus on in the next calendar year ahead. In 2018, I had settled into making way for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2018 at The Wonderment
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In a week of so much terror, grief, and turmoil, we aren’t that far away from the people in Micah’s time who are fearful, exhausted, and wondering where hope can be found and when relief will appear. We’re not all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2018 at The Wonderment
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Reflection on Philippians 4:4-7 Once I entered a church as the choir was practicing the song “Enter, rejoice, and come in!” But my head and heart were elsewhere and what I heard was “enter, read Joyce, and come in!” How... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2018 at The Wonderment
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Second Sunday in Advent 2018 This week’s lection calls us to turning, and it isn’t so much a turning toward checking our shopping lists and the ingredients on our favorite cookies, though we might indeed be doing both those things... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2018 at The Wonderment
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Advent begins with words to a grieving people, people suffering the loss of loved ones who have died, who are exiled, who are displaced, who are shattered with hurting. When we are driven out of ourselves, when we have no... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at The Wonderment
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At the end of our days, let us be thankful. Sit down beside us, Beloved, in the garden, and let us rest against your knees, that we may recount why we are thankful and how, knowing we can number only a tiny portion of the reasons we have for such... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Oh, Beloved, fly beside us as we let go of unworthy goals, dropping what is holding us back from what really matters and tending to what we can do right now, with who we are right now, with the heart and hope and gifts we have right now. Turn us... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Wisdom teach us in reflection and in doubt, in failure and in success, in all the ages and stages of our lives. Teach us to pause and examine where we are, who we are, where we are going, who we are becoming. Teach us to pause before we choose, that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Each day may we wake to the possibilities therein, to the choices before us, moment by moment, asking over and over again, "is this choice the one of becoming someone I would respect?" Wisdom help us shed the association of respect with fear, for while we can admire the power... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Courageous Love bear us when we are too weary to bear ourselves, when we falter and when we fall. Hold us steadfastly and bring us to the place of peace, when we cannot go there ourselves, when our steadiness is gone and our strength has washed away. Courageous Love bring... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Beloved, when you come knocking, may we be ready. Let us not call out for five more minutes, but wholly, heartfully whirl into the dance. Beloved, when you come knocking, may we be ready. May we be ready to be surprised by joy and to be challenged to change what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers