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Jes Kast


The Pursuit of Power

It was the first day of my fifth grade year and I was already excited about becoming a member of the safety patrol squad. That’s the responsibility and honor that fifth graders received as the oldest students of elementary. There was power, there was authority, and there was protection in the name of justice in that orange belt that wrapped…
March 14, 2018

Weaving a Tapestry of Prayer

Governor Cuomo assembled an inter-religious advisory council of faith leaders in the last year to advise him and his staff. My understanding is that he wants to increase the moral voice of faith leaders within the political structures of New York State in light of the moral bankruptcy in Washington DC. Serving on this council has been a source of…
February 28, 2018

The Grace of Ashes

With poise and grace she walked toward me as if we were about to enter a dance. She was the lead and I was to respond to her invitation. She walked with gentle authority that conveyed not many have refused her invitation. It was her gemstone brouche that first caught my eye in the candlelight prayers of the evening worship. It…
February 14, 2018

Dr. King’s Dream Today

Honor Dr. King by honoring black women. That's what I decided to do last year and continue to do so this year. The best way for me to honor the essence of Dr. King and his work is by honoring the black women that are influencing me personally and professionally. The black women that I am in relationship with who…
January 17, 2018

The Supermoon and the Star of Wonder

Did you see the Supermoon this week? It’s the brightest and largest full moon we will see all year. On my facebook timeline people posted pictures of the moon shining bright above New York City. The moon even glowed brighter than all the city lights! My Midwest friends took pictures of the moon and it illuminated the country fields for…
January 3, 2018

The Annunciation

I had hoped for a beautiful and lengthy post reflecting on the gravitas of Christmas, but alas, I don't have that. I, like many pastors, are stretched thin this week and have the demands of people to feed, prayers to pray, and a Christmas sermon to write. Good demands, but responsibility that makes me pick and choose what time to…
December 20, 2017

Mary the Silence Breaker

This morning Time Magazine released the news that their Person of the Year are the Silence Breakers, women who have come forth in a chorus of courage and resistance against sexual harassment and domination of men proclaimed Me Too this year. As I mentioned in my article on October 18th on The 12 the Me Too campaign was started by…
December 6, 2017

She is Called

by Jes Kast My colleagues here on The Twelve are sharing excellent reasons why you should give and financially support The Twelve and Perspectives Journal. They are kind, thoughtful, and smart people, and we are blessed to be in conversation together and with you. We’ve created a community here and I know each one of us is grateful for the…
November 29, 2017

A Chorus of Gratitude

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;     before the “gods” I will sing your praise. - Psalm 138:1   My mother is famous for writing thank you notes. Famous in the way that when you are in community with people who love you there are things that are known about you that the community goes to for example in how to…
November 15, 2017

The Presence of The Dead Ones

For I am convinced that death...will not be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:38,39   The veil between heaven and earth is quite thin today. If you listen closely enough the song of the saints who have gone before us sing in the company of angels here on…
November 1, 2017