sometimes the pulpit needs a good laugh

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I am mindful that Thanksgiving has not yet passed and perhaps its a little too early for a Christmas story…but I could not resist sharing this snippet of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s sharing of the Nativity story.  Sometimes the transformative impact of the pulpit is simply to invite us to laugh.   And so, here are some reminders to embody and spread merriment…

“Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.” — Karl Barth

“The earth laughs in flowers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.” — Mother Teresa

“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.” –Dr. Seuss

“God has a smile on [Her] face.” — Psalm 42:5

“Humor is a prelude to faith and laughter is the beginning of prayer.” — Reinhold Niebuhr

“We have to laugh. Because laughter, we already know, is the first evidence of freedom.” — Rosario Castellanos

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” — Philippians 4:4

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About delfinwaldemar

i am a native of miami, fl and i am of cuban and salvadoran heritage. i am a social worker and queer theologian who is passionate about engaging the intersections of religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and justice—specifically around lgbtq issues. i have a master in divinity as well as a master of social work. as an activist scholar of faith, i am interested in creating spaces where individuals and communities are safe and challenged to explore identity, expression, gender, and orientation in their complexities. i enjoy cooking, eating, laughing, writing, photography, eating more, “queerying” theology, and spending time with family and friends--especially my dearly beloved (while also driving him crazy). my approach to life is rooted in la lucha (the struggle)—lifting up our stories and experiences to inspire creative and authentic conversations and actions that thrive outside boxes transgressing dominant narratives. i hope this space will provide folks who feel isolated or disconnected from communities, especially religious one, an opportunity to wrestle and reconnect and re-member and simply be with the sacred. being raised roman catholic, i have felt marginalized and alone because of who i am within my church community--my queerness bars me from being able to pursue ordination and so this blog will be a space for me to share my journey of faith through homilies, pictures, liturgies, rants, queeries...my prayer is that this space become a pulpit and sanctuary, a new way of living into our call to radical holiness juntos...a place where you, me, G-d will caminar juntos y juntas en la lucha. Amen.

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