A tortured vocation over the centuries, fought for by women who I believe deserve what we might call secular canonization. They’ve been around since the start of human history: in 16th century Europe, elder females who were called Good Sibs, the original word for gossip, recognizing the function they served as community news bearers and literal life savers.
Sermons by Rev. Marti Keller
Rev. Keller explores topics of everyday spirituality, prophetic witness, religious feminisms, and intra-religious teachings. She is especially sought for her contributions exploring the place of Judaism within and without Unitarian Universalism and for the individual.
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This is what Frida has become for me, across the years, and despite our outward differences: She a chain smoking, hard-drinking, non-Western, physically handicapped, Stalinist bisexual woman of color kindred spirit.
Yes, I have worked and am still working, under the presumption that it has significant meaning and purpose. But salvation through work? Beyond the money earned literally saving us from hunger and homelessness, what did it mean to our own religious forebears? And how does it continue to inform and shape us now?
There was suddenly this previously obscure disease, which was cropping up in a country South of our borders. How prepared would we be — in the face of such a threat?
Curmudgeons are churlish, irascible folks. Cantankerous would be another good word. Grouchy another. A snark goes after anyone whose momentary mess up or past indiscretions make them vulnerable to a misery-causing kind of personal one-sided attack on worth and dignity. What to do?
Oscar Wilde once wrote that conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Not worth having. Perhaps Oscar Wilde was blessed with benign weather, or at least predictable weather, the overcast and drizzle of London and then Paris where he was self exiled. Perhaps there really was little to talk about.