As we try to navigate a time of real upheaval, it is worth wondering what the spiritual dimensions of all this might be. We ask such a question not just because we are a church community, but because the diagnosis and cure for all that a pandemic and racism bring to the surface must also speak to the deeper truths of our humanity. In a strange way, we are often comfortable talking about our own spiritual lives, yet find it uncomfortable to speak of the spiritual life of a community, or city, or country. Why is that?
Prayer Pod is a short, guided prayer session of meditative practice, poetry, and music. Prayer can be hard! We hope this makes it a little more accessible and immersive. As our country reckons with its deeply embedded history of racism and violence, this episode reflects on lament and confession.
Put on some headphones (this episode in particular will sound weird without them) and give it a listen.
Poem: Untitled by James Baldwin, A Memory by Saeed Jones
Guest Preacher, the Reverend Elijah Zeyhoue (Calvary Baptist, DC) reflects on the history of racism against black people in America through the lens of the Cain and Abel story in Genesis 4. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain asks. For far too long White America’s answer has remain unchanged.
Prayer Pod is a short, guided prayer session of meditative practice, poetry, and music. Prayer can be hard! We hope this makes it a little more accessible and immersive. Put on some headphones (you should really use headphones!) and give it a try.
Poem: Elegy by Aracelis Girmay
Music: By Tim Kim