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Monday, July 15, 2024

Liv Larson Andrews

Liv Larson Andrews believes in the sensus lusus, or playful spirit. Liturgy, worship and faithful practice are at their best when accompanied with a wink, she says.

VIEWPOINTS RESPONSE: Keep kids in worship

Keep them in worship. Certainly parents can sneak out for diapering or severe tantrums, but planning for children to leave worship has several negative meanings to me

War is only OK when…

I'm only OK with war when the enemies are zombies...

Have the talk

I will never have to have the talk. As the parent of a white child, I will never have to sit my son down and explain in painful detail how he may be unjustly targeted by police and neighborhood watch-folk, how his community may view him as a threat before he ever speaks.

Sure, I will talk to my son about sex. Drugs. War. Unbridled capitalism.

Do parents ever really “own” a child?

That said, I have trouble with our Western notions of owning children in the first place.

Divine parables are potent teaching tools

Story and parable are potent teaching tools. So far, Arlo picks up on all sorts of stories we tell, including biblical ones.

For the love of fire

Tomorrow night, Christians all around the globe will gather by fire. It is the night of the Pascha, the Easter Vigil. Modeled in part on the Jewish Passover, the vigil begins at sundown (approximately) and continues for a long time. The first action of the vigil is to bless the new fire, a reminder that God is the source of all warmth and light.

For the love of a tree

We gather in silence. It is dim and the sanctuary bare. We wear no colorful vestments and no banners fly. It is simple and stark.

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