Written for Naloxone Saves, an Overdose Awareness Day event in Cleveland My love, my sibling, my parent, my friend. Family. You are family to me. Your perfection is not required. It never was. Not to love you. Not to grieve you. You are, and have always been, worthy. We know the truth of you. Your… Continue reading A Prayer For Those Who Are Gone
For Erich Kotschi (1982-2004) 11 years ago today was Kotschi's funeral. I was heartbroken and unbelievably angry. That service wasn't what I wanted for him or for us. His parents fundamentalist faith wouldn't allow him his dignity even in death. He deserved better. I wrote this funeral service last semester. It is a reimagining of… Continue reading A Service For Us. A Funeral Reimagined
Ever since I started Seminary people have been asking me the same question: Why? Now, that why looks different in different situations. Sometimes it’s a simple, why the change? Sometimes it’s, what called you to ministry? Sometimes it’s, WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? I’m never quite sure what I’m gonna get. So I watch people's… Continue reading Sermon. The Dignity of Toilet Water
Written for the San Francisco Overdose Awareness Day event, August 30th, 2015. I was 20 when overdose first touched my life. I lost one of my deepest loves, his name was Kotschi. Grief makes some people uncomfortable. They don’t know what to do or say. They start shifting their weight from one foot to the… Continue reading Overdose Awareness. Grief, Respect, and Power.