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For days since leaving, words to describe my time at Camp Oceti Sakowin have escaped me, the ones I find now still feel inadequate... Some things I know for sure: This power of collaborative justice is immeasurable. The work is real, messy, complicated, and hard - and intensely beautiful, connecting, and restorative. We arrived as faith leaders (for the Interfaith Day of Prayer) at the same time busses filled with veterans did. The mix of stoles, collars, & camo was paradoxical, yet inspiring. The strength and vision of the indigenous leaders is what called so many of us to solidarity. Along with our recognition that "Till all of us are free, none are free". For the Interfaith Day of Prayer, the elders called us to surround the whole of camp in a prayer circle. This took time and some minor frustrations. But eventually we were joined - hand in hand, vets, clergy, allies, elders, native peoples - surrounding the camp in our prayer.... ....That was when we hear the Army Corps of Engineers had denied the permit.... At the moment, our cheers were reserved - unsure if it was true or what it meant. Only later did the absolute wonder of that moment sink in... That is how victory happens - united, across arbitrary divisions, following the leadership of the marginalized. I am still unsure fully how this time will impact me, my misitry, or the larger work of justice in our world. But I know the truth of this time will continue to be revealed & I hope we are more awake and ready to learn when it does. #standingrock #ocetisakowin #waterislife #mniwicon #nodapl #interfaith #prayer #justice #solidarity TL:DR - There are no words beautiful & sacred enough...

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There is great Love in my life, & I am ever grateful for that. From and to the beautiful souls I'm blessed to share this adventure with and the abiding spirit that calls me on towards a better tomorrow. This Valentine's Day, really in this era, I've been challenged to expand the power of Love. And so I pass on that challenge, in the words of a friend: What about "the idea of love not as a noun, but a verb. Action. And about love as something that isn't just about romance, but about our core beliefs in people and their worth, dignity, capability, and place in this world"? "How [might love] manifest itself in your community, or neighborhood? Are there ways that you or your family could embody love among friends and neighbors in pursuit of something more than romance, but perhaps justice?" I LOVE YOU & YOU ARE LOVED #valentinesday #revolutionaryLove #lovethehelloutoftheworld #lovewins #answeringthecalloflove #leapingfaith (💡: Kaitlin Abbitt 📸s: Elizabeth Meister. There are so many more candy hearts that could be here. So, I'll add some of them as hashtags) #nojusticenopeace #translivesmatter #allbodiesaregoodbodies #shepersisted #factsmatter #buildbridgesnotwalls #immigrantlivesmatter #nodapl #mniwiconi #istandwithplannedparenthood #thisiswhatdemocracylookslike #mybodymychoice #illnevergetthemall #commentwithwhatyouthinkimissed #nodirtypipeline #blacklivesmatter #nohumanisillegal #indivisible #resist #uniteobstructeresist #nowallnoban #refugeeswelcome #nastywoman

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🕊️ Transylvania, Week 1, Part 3 🐍 As we made our way to the southern boarder of Transylvania (our final stop for two night), we visited some fortified churches; Szekely Derzs (with 15th century frescos!), St Marton, & Nagyajta (our destination). Imagine... an impressive walled square with a watch/bell tower presiding over one corner. A low arched tunnel beckons only those who know the way to enter. Inside the green grass & flower beds blanket the lawn between the wall and the church - which stands proudly in the center. As you enter, in contrast to the two-toned/stone functionality of the exteriors, inside the churches color brings light & life to the sacred space. Somewhat unexpectedly, portions of this trip have functioned as a silent meditation for me. As the leads wrangle the youth into pews to hear the history, I am free to wander the churches & grounds at my own pace - feeling my surroundings, rather than hearing about them. The rhythm of the cobblestone, the texture of the plaster, the tone of paint pallettes, the path of light, the impact of shadows... All this and more is present in every house of worship, or buildings in general. But so often are forgotten as a means to an end. This trip has reminded me that they are so much more - they are a container, built to hold our bodies with care, so that our spirits & minds can soar beyond their walls. So, as I reflect on yesterday, I am grateful for the ancestors who build these beautiful structures not knowing - but maybe hoping - that they would still proudly hold my body and our prayers. #transylvania #transilvania #unitarius #unitarianism #uu #uufaith #church #history #architecture #seminarylife #meadvillelombard #torda450

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🕊️ Transylvania, Week 1, Part 1: 🐍 The Details - As some may or may not know, I am spending two weeks with the Unitarian Church and people in Transylvania. This first week I am accompanying a traveling confirmation camp of over 100 youth (~14yrs old) from all over Transylvania, Hungary, & Romania - all who finished confirmation in the last year. Along with 8 courageous loving clergy, they spend the week learning about Unitarian history, the history of religious freedom, and traveling to important sites around Transylvania. Our first few days were based in Kolosvar. We had a walking tour of sites around the city & a presentation on the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda and the Unitarian Church. We also did good old fashion camp things! Like play card games till it was too dark to see, sing till our voices cracked, and play catch till our arms hurt. I even lead two groups through a Zentangles meditation and reflection time - little English/Hungarian required! As you might expect at a camp, even among the adults, things got silly; selfies, games, songs,...and staying up too late chatting! The Feels - An important note, I do not speak Hungarian - I'm up to maybe four words. Yet, I continued to be amazing by the magnitude of connection that is possible simply by being present. Present to the way attention flows, how the energy changes, how reactions differ. Present to smile and shrugs, tone and tension in a way that is It is wonderful how much you can learn about each other by playing catch across a courtyard (with others running about) with not much more than your toss, catch, & a few exclamations to express yourself. Or the bonds forged over a fast paced card game full of giggles, cheers, and a little healthy competition. I've been captivated by hours of worship music of which I couldn't read a word, but could feel every ounce of enthusiasm, for being with each other and the message the songs brought. I am so grateful for the leaders who have translated for me, literally & figuratively, & welcomed me with open hearts & curious minds.♥️ #transylvania #transilvania #kolosvar #torda450 #unitarius #seminarylife #meadvillelombard #uu #uufaith

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