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Jes Kast

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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I’m not your Mommy and #MeToo in the Bible

Why was it so hard to post that on my Facebook this week? Have I internalized what shouldn’t be normal as normal? Have I learned ways of coping with what should not be tolerated? The sexual comments come almost every day when I walk to and from work. In my suit, in my clerical collar, in a dress, the assaulting…
October 18, 2017
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Untethered

“The world feels high lonesome and heartbroken to me right now. We’ve sorted ourselves into fractions based on our politics and ideology. We’ve turned away from one another and toward blame and rage. We’re lonely and untethered. And sacred. So damn scared.” – Braving the Wilderness, Brene Brown This post is not about Brene Brown's new book (though I think it is…
October 4, 2017
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Unclenching our Fists

I (Jes Kast) am so happy to welcome back Marcy Rudins this week! Growing up near Chicago, it always seemed like we had to go, go, go. Swerving in and out of the city, dodging people on the sidewalk, and then manically trying to find parking- and that was just getting to work. I would talk with people I was…
September 20, 2017
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Nevertheless, She Persisted

A Word from Jes...Sometimes I enjoy highlighting other women who you may, or may not, know in our reformed life who I believe are saying things we need to listen to. Rev. Marcy Rudins is a recent graduate from Western Theological Seminary. I've enjoyed connecting to her through social media, though I do not think we have met in person,…
September 6, 2017