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Jes Kast

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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…
February 28, 2018
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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
September 20, 2017