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Homegrown Prayer—Day 71 August 10

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster When we say we believe in God made known in Jesus Christ, we remember the whole story of Jesus’ life: his birth into a poor family in a small unnoticed village, his life of humility, his service and radical justice-filled love, and his sacrificial death and the mystery [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 70 August 9

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Ohana is a Hawaiian Christian custom of prayer, either at the beginning or end of the day, that happens at home. It might include neighbors or guests or other friends who are over as the sun goes down. It might be prayed at the kitchen table, on the [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 69 August 8

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Point of view is everything. A change in perspective can change everything. I say this knowing that we each carry our own laments, our own anger, our own cries of despair for what is hard, and we must honor the work of lament: too often we are taught [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 68 August 7

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Do you ever feel as if your heart is closed? Like the door is shut? Like it’s a growing impossibility for your heart to let in any more love, pain, joy, or divine presence? Today’s prayer takes that seriously, admitting that it’s possible for the door to our [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 67 August 6

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster St. Patrick’s prayer begins “At Tara.” Tara is an ancient burial ground in Ireland, and the symbolic center of the monarchy, the place from which kings were to rule. It might be like a prayer beginning, “From Washington, D.C. in this fateful hour,” or “At the White [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 66 August 5

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Have you noticed your relationship to your body change as we’ve moved through different phases of this pandemic? Maybe it’s fear that every cough potentially signals coronavirus infection? Or maybe you’ve found yourself online, sitting in the same chair all day long, and have new aches and pains? [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 65 August 4

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Mother Teresa said, "love, to be true, must be first for our neighbor. This love will bring us to God." The prayer below from a collection of her writings in Essential Catholic Social Thought unpacks who are neighbor might be, especially “the hungry one, the lonely one, [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 64: August 3

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Maybe you read Alan Paton’s “Cry, The Beloved Country,” or followed his work as an anti-apartheid leader in 1960’s South Africa. His prayer below is full of the longing for justice, a challenging prayer that looks out for the poor and the oppressed and seeks to let our [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 63: August 2

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Sunday mornings at Kenilworth Union in a normal year typically involve the crush of the crowd, the doorways a complicated matrix of families and individuals entering for worship and Sunday School, ushers, greeters, joyful friends all saying hello, and updating one another on their lives. I miss that [...]


Homegrown Prayer—Day 62: August 1

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster We are drawn to water, our most ancient vehicle of transportation, our daily necessity, our place of sacred and common bath. This water poem reads like a prayer, reminding us of the way earth’s porous boundaries are so unlike our geopolitical ones, river after river running through culture [...]