Lent is a time of wilderness. A time to contemplate the deeper reality of the world. But it kind of feels as if we have been in the wilderness for a long time these past few years. Many of us have been isolated from our communities, friends, and families. Many of us have lost beloved…
Author: Leslie Leasure
5 Minute Gratitude Devotional for Teen Girls
Random fun: I wrote book for teen girl-identifying folks. New Resource for Teen Girl Identifying Folks Scripturally based, progressive, and inclusive (sample below). Sometimes it can be hard to find materials for youth that include progressive Christian messages. ITW’s Rev. Leslie Leasure, has written a book, “5-Minute Gratitude Devotional for Teen Girls.” The book, published…
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There is still beauty
In this moment, I am thinking of the ways to call my attention back to love and compassion. I continue to work at a hospital based drug/alcohol center and there is a quote I often encourage our clients to return to when the world feels overwhelming: “He/she who conquers him/herself is greater than he/she who…
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Giving up plastic: Action TODAY, 4/16
Quitting plastic for Lent is hard! Want to do something to make it easier to stop using single use plastic? Let’s get companies to stop using it. Our friends at Greenpeace have asked us to make a call today to let Nestle know we’d like them to stop single use plastic and become an industry…
The Parable of the Prodigal and His Brother: A meditation on addiction and grace
So…this isn’t about plastic — I preached this week at First Congregational Church of Martinez. Thought I’d share:
Letting go, Sermon 3.24.19 at Plymouth Jazz and Justice UCC, Oakland
So, here’s the sermon from 3.24.19. Using headphones helps, because the volume is low. I refer to this poem and this psalm in the sermon.
Quitting plastic week #1
What have I gotten myself into…? I saw that video with all the micro-plastic in the guts of fish and those giant plastic islands in the Pacific and thought, wow, we need to do better. Really: I need to do better. So. Quitting single use plastic is hard! Thanks for joining in! Also, remember, this is progress NOT perfection. It’s good to…
Tips for Using Less Plastic #1
Throughout Lent, ITW will be offering tips and cheering you on as we all try to give up single use plastics. Keep track of us here on the blog, or share your tips on our FB support page!
Lent 20: Giving Up Single Use Plastic
Make a Change for Lent! Quit Plastic! This year, ITW will be attempting to eliminate or cut down single use plastic for Lent again. Here’s the challenge: First, try to cut down or eliminate single use plastics at home. Second, take action by participating in our weekly action challenges. Sign up. We’ll send out a…
Helicopters were circling Berkeley the day the surgeon called to tell me she had found a tumor in my left breast. It was late April, 2017. I had just quit my job. In three days I was supposed to drive across the country to start an unpaid summer internship as a chaplain at a hospital…
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