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fine-tuning our attention : stories, passion, wellbeing

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If you've been following my tweets and Facebook page, you'll know I've been enjoying a little holiday with one of my sisters, who travelled from Down Under to spend a couple of weeks with me. Along the way, I took photos and video that will enhance the telling of some of my stories and poems, so keep an eye on the various sarah tells stories pages for those in coming weeks!

In the meantime, I am turning my attention towards some upcoming events - the Network of Biblical Storytellers' Scholars' Seminar and International Festival Gathering in early August, a liturgy and worship study day, more opportunities to tell stories from (in)humanity, and a series of workshops through which I hope to help encourage healing and wellbeing through stories of passion.

I would greatly appreciate some extra help as I prepare the latter, and have prepared a short video inviting your support. Please consider becoming a sarah tells stories patron for the month of September if you would…

Two Foot London Lament

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we did not like the plane trip, the sitting, the pressure, the waiting for touchdown on her side of the world
we did not like the hard work, pounding gravel, grass and asphalt in search of history and memories not your own
we did not like the air here, thick and warm and heavy with a summer we do not recognise
and so we bulged our skin to stretching, we throbbed and wept, tore ourselves to shreds –
how did you like that?

you leapt, heart, you wept, eyes, on landing beside your sister, distance ten months untouched
you stretched, mind, you sighed, body, at monuments from and for the people important to your people
you smiled, mouth, you healed, soul, lungs giving voice the breath to share stories with your own
and so we received the balm, the careful touch and restful moments; we took the blood enriched; we sighed gratitude for carrying us here –

midweek musing: profound human relationship

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I fully support the inclusion of same-gender couples in cultural and legal understandings of marriage. So all the jubilation following decisions in Ireland and the USA of recent months, I am all for it. Love is love, and a society's cultural and legal affirmation and protection of covenants between life partners should apply to same- and different- gender couples alike. Good.

And yet, in the aftermath of the USA decision this week, one of the statements being shared from judges' comments from leaves me uneasy.

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. 
We're still elevating marriage up to the top of a relationship hierarchy (I've written about this before).

Love is love.

So much of our legislation (including but beyond marriage / de facto partnerships) is about protecting covenants, relationships, between humans, for the inherent dignity (apparently this word was used tens of times du…