Posts Tagged ‘Belonging’


Wisdom is the application of knowledge. It is holy Love.

Wisdom of Love video.

Does not wisdom call?
    Does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights beside the way,
    at the crossroads she takes her stand;
beside the gates in front of the town,
    at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
“To you, O men, I call,
    and my cry is to the children of man.

When he established the heavens, I was there;
    when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,
    when he established[a] the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
    so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30     then I was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his[b] delight,
    rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world
    and delighting in the children of man.

-Proverbs 8:1-4,27-31 (English Standard Version)

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June 9, 2019 was Pentecost Sunday. It is marked 50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, hence the term-Pente- meaning well, 50. But beyond that, and that the church decorations go to the bright red what is the big deal for this season we are entering? The story is told in Acts 2:1-47.  Some key-points on that reference- Acts, or Acts of the Apostles is the fifth book in the Christian Testament (colloquially called the New Testament of our Holy Bible). It is the sequel to Gospel of Luke, and written by the physician Luke to tell the history of the church as he knew it. In case you have never used a Bible, the numbers denote chapters and verses (the verses are sentences in the paragraphs). The number before the colon is the chapter (2) and the numbers after are the verses.

This is the Church’s birthday if you will. So how was it celebrated? Was it celebrated by creating rules on who was in and who was out? Which type of music was to be sung? How prayers were to be said? Wafers or bread at communion?

Nope.

In fact, as you note from the story. The colour red of today is to remind us of the flaming tongues that came down upon the Apostles. Yes, fire. The Holy Spirit. Or as some of the older creeds (what we believe) of the church will note, Holy Ghost. This is the breath of life of God that was breathed so creation, well formed after the big bang. The intrinsic divine piece in all of us. It is the piece we come into and that baptism in water is used as an allegory for.

The Spirit fully washed out on the early followers who were sharing the story of faith. They laid out the past, the exclusionary past and the pain could be remembered at what had happened. Showing where they had been in an exclusionary world, where labels and castes kept people separated in life, socio-economics, with human rights, and in ability to worship.

Then BANG! Jesus. This labourer out of a back water town upsetting the apple cart, laying the foundation of belonging for all. All were open to realize and actualize the gift of the Holy Spirit (it was breathed into us y’know) and suddenly the powers that be plotted his death, and it horribly went awry as the cosmos shouted a loud n’uh. Now his followers were here, and the Holy Spirit was a flame…and the final barrier to belonging was shattered. For the tongues of flame, allowed speaking in tongues…

That is, the languages that kept neighbour from understanding neighbour, was suddenly no longer a stumbling block. Speaking in tongues, was the Apostles speaking their own language, and through the love of listening to understand, the words were heard in the language of the hearers native lands. Thus undoing the ancient myth understanding of the Tower of Babel.

Babel was humanities attempt to seek power for power’s sake and build a tower to the heavens. It was shattered as you can read, and the people were left divided by language. As they gathered out of love of neighbour, self and God in the infinite circle, the Tower was erased, and once more the people were one…in Love.

What is Pentecost as its heart?

Not just a liturgical thing in the church year where colours change. Rather, it is the season of the church year where we focus on ensuring all belong.

What is one thing you can do this week, to create belonging for someone?


Image result for heroes in crisis 9Murder. Losing control. Pain. Trauma. What do our super heroes go through in the course of being universe savers? These are questions that the Heroes in Crisis mini-series have forced upon the reader for nine issues. The under current is a murder mystery, at the place of healing Sanctuary. It is also a subplot as the secrets of Sanctuary at the healing of PTSD and other mental-emotional scars of gods on Earth were leaked out for the world to see. It struck chords of de-stigmatization, and a look in the mirror effect for the reader for our world today. That is how we need to look at the healthy parts of our lives.

For anyone who has ever been front lines for anything, or present at the loss of a loved one. As Wally West echoes to his future self– it is always one more thing…one more moment you shove it down to do this or that, help this person or that. Not always having the perfect situation or even the basics, but pulling one more miracle out of your back pocket…

Then boom.

Crisis.

It’s not just a comic book series, like any good story it is a metaphor for our own life and holistic growth.

How are you kind to you?

(And yes it is very hard to write of this awesome series without spoilers)

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coverA stone skipping across a pond leaves ripples with each impact.

The joys and life of traumas are the like the skipping stone through the generations.

Soul Ripples

What happens when the helper needs help?

For over 20 years Ty Ragan served his neighbour from the rough camps to the shelters to home and every where’s in-between. The simple life lesson of Jesus of Nazareth to love your neighbour as yourself was the centre question to be answered in his life. In May 2016 his life would begin to change drastically through unknown seizures and strokes.

Enter into the ripples that brought him to 2016, the transformational power of love of family and friends as he seeks new ripples in hope for his soul.

 


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is that quirky thematic series in the Trek Universe. Whether on television, in comics or books it explores unique themes. These themes can be as diverse as eugenics, covert operations, war, poverty, illegal occupations, politics, and the role of religion in oppression, trauma and healing. It is this last theme that ties into Una McCormack’s 2009 DS9 novel The Never-Ending Sacrifice explores through the life of a Cardassian child, adopted and raised Bajoran, Rugal is his name.

What are these aliens? Essentially the Cardassians are an Empire that conquered the planet of Bajor for their resources, enslaved, bombed, etc. under the auspices of civilizing and providing for them. It is a meta-narrative seen in colonialism, within the Gulf Wars, and the Israel-Palestine conflict (dang that sci-fi with their allegories, eh?).

Rugal is sent back to Cardassia when it is discovered his birth father is alive, by Commander Sisko, early in his tenure on Deep Space Nine, and coming into his role as the Bajoran Emissary in their religion (think like Buddha or Messiah). It was a black and white decision made. The child had been adopted by Bajorans as they believed his family was dead, family was found, and he was torn away to live back on Cardassia Prime.

The novel then traces Rugal’s life on Cardassia, the Cardassian that never truly fit as Bajoran, but would not let the washing away of genocidal history stand in his new life, so he was the Cardassian that was too Bajoran to be Cardassian. The story is his own journey of belonging and home coming. For some with religious bent it can be seen as a third person testimony.

What it raises though is deeper questions for us as we attempt to tribalize. We want to use labels whether it is gender, race, socio-economic, religious or cultural to identify and divide. Yet what is missing, as in the Emissary’s decision to remove Rugal, the simple question of…

Where is home?

Who is our real family?

Is family and home a point of origin? Biologic? Religious? Political? Or is it a deeper place of sanctuary? Who are your family? What is your home?

Where do you think Rugal truly found his place after years being removed and living through the shifts, war, decimation and poverty all over again now as a citizen within the former oppressors?

How do you know you belong?

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coverA stone skipping across a pond leaves ripples with each impact.

The joys and life of traumas are the like the skipping stone through the generations.

Soul Ripples

What happens when the helper needs help?

For over 20 years Ty Ragan served his neighbour from the rough camps to the shelters to home and every where’s in-between. The simple life lesson of Jesus of Nazareth to love your neighbour as yourself was the centre question to be answered in his life. In May 2016 his life would begin to change drastically through unknown seizures and strokes.

Enter into the ripples that brought him to 2016, the transformational power of love of family and friends as he seeks new ripples in hope for his soul.

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“Go now in Holy Love of the Creator, the blessing of Brother Jesus, and the Family of the Holy Spirit. Go. Embrace. Simply say, I love you.”

Bobbi was from small town middle of nowhere’s in Alberta. Barely 16 years old when he fled home as his Dad had literally tried to beat the gay out of him.  A preacher’s kid Bobbi always found it ironic that he found himself on the steps of St. Jude’s after being jumped a few blocks away and beaten for trying to flirt.

Father Jacobs had shown compassion. Not what he had learned to expect from the church.  The folks worked with Bobbi to get a place of his own and into school, and found a lawyer so he could become emancipated. Bobbi still has visceral shakes when he remembers his Dad and brothers storming the Sunday Service looking for their “daughter and baby sister”.  Elder James and Father Jacobs blocked the isle. They had always spoken non-violence, but when the four on two attempted to swing, Jacobs used what he described as Aikido, a passive form of martial arts that uses ones own energy against them.

Bobbi’s dad and brothers left that day bruised in ego and body. Saying they had no family in this city. Bobbi should’ve felt pain, instead he felt… FREEDOM. He had a new family.

Now the trench coat had flown off. A yellow vest running towards the altar area.

He had hit his truck and gotten the .22 his Dad had given taught all his children to shoot for hunting, and Bobbi still enjoyed hunting. The wild meat made for some amazing community meals.

Violence is never the answer, Love is. Yet the day when they came for Bobbi…Father Jacobs and Elder James stood their ground.

He fumbles a bullet in and bolt actions. Exhales and fires at the running form.

As a yellow vest falls into the crowd and vanishes.

The pop shattered the moment.

“No.” was it even audible as the rifle falls to the parking lot. Commands to hands behind head. Bobbi is moving through muscle memory of compliance.

As where once there was four, now there was only three…


It is time for Albertans to take a long hard look in the mirror and ask if we like the soul that is being reflected back at us during this campaign of hate and power grabs. The stories of vandalized candidate signs covered in misogyny, death threats, white supremacist b.s. and swastikas is but an outward sign of what we have allowed to be moved into the light as acceptable. At the least this is vandalism of property, at the most it is hate crimes and the miscreants need to be found and tried as such.

Then there is Kenney-gate’s Kamikazee candidate taking in such things as fraud, identity theft and the possibility of money laundering. Add to that the candidates going down to being revealed as anti-semites, or alt-righters. A pastor running in Calgary Mountain View, and no it is not his horrible exegesis of the passages on wives that is the issue but his support of the barbarity of conversion therapy, and another stating that wives need to give their husbands sex full stop (wtf which year are we in?)…and don’t get me started on the minimum wage arguments put forward by the party citing those with lower social capital should be paid a lower minimum wage (youth, persons with disabilities) or their virulent hate towards outing students. Or wait…veiled stand your ground laws being brought into Alberta. There are a few folks running for the United Conservative Party I know, but cannot endorse them due to the banner they are running under to them contravening the highway act and changing a safety road sign for truck clearance so it did not read 6.9. For the UCP Platform read here.

Yet there is hope Alberta. There is debate of actual things that help us coming forward. There is the Day Care funding debate, NDP stating $25/day and the Alberta Party with a well costed and thought out (oh and what I have always advocated, tax incentives for families with stay at home caregivers/parents) Read here.

For the rest of the Alberta Party platform read here.  They also have 87/87 candidates nominated and out working for support of constituents. They have strong candidates, Lana Bentley in Calgary Acadia who has been working to make the world better, and Gar Gar in Calgary East who is working to give a future to our youth, and engages them to discover how best to build community and grow hope (just ask my daughter, Justina).

If Rachel Notley has been dubbed the Lougheed Legacy, I would put the Alberta Liberals as the inheritors of the Woodsworth-Douglas legacy for amazing progressive support for citizens back stopped by sound fiscal details: Electoral Reform, Proper support for Universal Health Care; Proper support for Public Education, Gender pay equity; Read Platform here.  Oh and they have strong representation from across Alberta’s communities, including this amazing living the experience advocate Leah McRorie (read here). As well, their Leader David Khan is a man with a servant heart, wisdom and compassion. As I had tweeted earlier, I still remember him at a candidates forum showing up early, answering questions, spending time, helping with the lunch and clean up (yes, Calgary Mountain View, keep your riding Liberal!)

The Green Party of Alberta is a Red Tory-Red Grit party to use old time vernacular for you policy wonks. Following suit from encouragement from the PEI Greens they are expanding the discussion beyond just Environmental platform planks, and are well worth a look for other ideas. They are also the first party out of the gates to raise the idea of Universal Basic Income in Alberta. Read their platform here.

To the far left there is five Community Party of Alberta candidates. Here is there platform (or as they call it Program).

For those who say they staunchly are Conservative (big or small C) and will not support anything from the centre governing party New Democrats (their platform here), here are the other parties in the Provincial election and their platforms (just click on platform for the link if there is one).

Progressive Conservative Party- Still registered, but ran by UCP. No platform.

Wildrose Party-Still registered, but ran by UCP. No platform.

Alberta Advantage Party (Members of Wildrose who did not join UCP) platform

Alberta Independence Party Platform.

Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta (they were renamed from the pre-existing Western Freedom Party on April 23, 2018) Platform.

Pro-Life Political Association (Renamed from the Social Credit Party May 3, 2017). . . No platform.

Reform Party of Alberta Platform.

For all candidates running for all parties, and as independents, as well as for everything you need to know for April 16, 2019 vote day check out Alberta Elections.

It is 2019. Nazism and hate has seen a strong resurgence in our Province. Divisiveness, and mudslinging is what some are attempting to make the new norm. But there is hope. It is not a two horse race, a choice between NDP and UCP as both our governing and opposition party want you to believe. As you can see there is many choices. Many folks running to represent their neighbours in the Legislature in our capital city, Edmonton.

Take time to get to know the parties, figure out which parties resonate or independents. Then get to know the candidates. Go to the forums/debates. For me, if someone doesn’t turn up that says they want to represent me, it sends the strong message of how they will be in government– more of a lackey for the fearless leader, not a voice for the citizens. Even if they were on my list, they are not there, they are struck off.

Get a real feel if they are a person that has convictions in their beliefs, will they take a stand. I may not truck with Derek Fildebrandt’s political beliefs, but during the bubble zone debates while our official opposition was en-masse running out of the Legislature, he stuck around and spoke out for what his thoughts and amendments were. He earned some respect from me that day, for he did the job he was elected to do. Same as when Robyn Luff left the governing party and cited bullying concerns, and the 2 MLAs in her party found guilty of sexual inappropriateness but were never named. It took guts.

It takes guts to run for office, your life becomes an open book.

This election has become too ugly. We need to move out of the gutter, and back to the soap box.

What are the ideas? Why do you think you should represent us? How will you bring Peace, Order and Good Governance for ALL CITIZENS. It is time to pull the power plug on the resurgent hate. It is time to not hold our noses and vote for “the lesser of evils”. No, end that nonsense. It is time to stop accepting management in place of leadership.

It is time to vote HOPE. VOTE vision. Vote Leadership.

Vote for who you believe the best person is for your representative.

Oh and did I mention…Vote on April 16, 2019.

The only split vote, or vote not counted is…

the one not cast.