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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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I still plant trees. I plant trees whose beauty and full growth I will probably never see (remember, that’s usually hundreds of years — the trees I plant will mostly be tree-teens or early adults by the time I die... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Wonderment
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When I practice yoga or meditation or spiritual singing or rolling meditation or dance prayer or contemplative prayer I am not retreating from the world. I am, instead, meeting life and the world through these practices. I may be shifting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at The Wonderment
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In the United States and elsewhere in the world, there is a stony-hearted, stiff-necked and unkind view of the many facing oppression, suppression, and deportation that these migrant peoples, including children and infants, are deserving whatever the government is dishing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Holding onto your culture and beliefs can be a challenging thing when that culture and those beliefs do not reflect what is expedient, what is remunerative, and what is safe under a particular government. Written in part to and for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Human beings are storytellers. Part of the philosophical tradition that informs yoga, and is particularly a feature of Kripalu Yoga, the practice I study, is this question of tat and sat, trying to attend to what is true and real.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at The Wonderment
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There are times in a devout person’s life where we will want to make vows. We might take on a practice of abstaining from something we enjoy as an offering. We might vow to undertake prayer five times a day... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at The Wonderment
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This week’s section of Numbers (25:10-30:1) sees the people preparing to figure out the appropriate shares of their future lands. Remember, this is a community in which land is the means to freedom, independence, and survival. Without land, the people... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Balaam, the prophet, is sent for by Balak, king of Moab. The Israelites are encamped along the edges of Moab and Balak is afraid of being overrun. He is afraid of losing power and he is afraid of losing the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at The Wonderment
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If you’re lucky enough to live someplace with wholesome running water, go ahead, turn on a tap, fill a cup, turn off the tap, and drink mindfully, attentive to the gift of good water and how dependent life is upon... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at The Wonderment
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I think there are so many Biblical stories about people choosing wrongly not because I believe the Holy is punitive and vindictive, but because I find that discerning what to do and how to do it well is probably one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at The Wonderment
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If you’ve never visited the Sinai or the Red Sea or the western edge of Egypt, take a peek at a map and ask yourself the same question generations have asked before you: why did it take forty years for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Holly Near wrote a wonderful folk resistance anthem, "Singing For Our Lives”. (Holly Near, "Singing For Our Lives”, 1979 Hereford Music). I learned to sing this protest anthem with lots of other LGBTQIA folk as we carried on in a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Beloved, shelter us with your grace as we remember the fathers we miss, the ones passed from this vale or from our lives in other ways. May we cherish the blessings and heal from the heartache, carrying forth in love... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at The Wonderment
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The reality of being human is that we will make mistakes, break vows, and hurt one another, sometimes intentionally and rather often unintentionally. We can be jealous. We can misread, misunderstand and disbelieve one another. We can lose trust and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at The Wonderment
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This week we begin reflecting on the Book of Numbers, with Numbers 1:1-4:20. This first section of Numbers belongs to the Priestly writing tradition and concerns itself with the people’s first days after slavery. How do we organize ourselves to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Leviticus ends reminding us of where we have come from and what all these prescriptions and proscriptions for behavior are about: once we were enslaved and now we are free. Sure there’s the at-the-time-it-was-written-traditional blessing-curse formula (do this and receive... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Americans have a lot of debt. The national debt is above $22 trillion and consumer debt is around $14 trillion. The ACLU’s report, “A Pound of Flesh: The Criminalization of Private Debt” which found people pursued for as little as... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at The Wonderment
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In our 24/7/365 world, where there is always more to be done, where we’re connected globally and aware of terrors, disasters, and troubles beyond our neighborhoods, where many struggle to sleep even when they’re exhausted, and many struggle to find... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at The Wonderment
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When we study Leviticus, we’re looking at two significant contributions that make up the text. One is usually called P (Priestly) and the other is H (Holiness Legislation), which was added later just before the Jewish people were exiled to... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at The Wonderment
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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