Entries in rev. elizabeth myer boulton (58)

Thursday
Nov142013

annunciation

Move over King Kong!  Goodbye Gumby!  See you later Tim Burton!  There’s a new stop-motion pig in town, and his name is “Hamlet!”

SALT is pleased as punch to announce the world debut of, “The Gospel According to Hamlet.”  In his first episode (first of many, we hope!), Hamlet and his friends tell the whimsical and mysterious story of Gabriel’s annunciation to Mary about Jesus’ birth.

Filled with tutu’s and bluebirds, sound effects and knock-knock jokes, this little stop-motion animation film is sure to please everyone, from two to ninety two!  We love the way in which this little pig can take this old, old story and make it shiny and new.

So, if you love Hamlet as much as we do, give him a little Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumbler love – and, if you have a blog, he’s ready and waiting to be embedded, frame by painstaking frame. 

Happy almost Thanksgiving everyone,

The SALT Team

Sunday
Jul142013

not guilty

You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also..."  + Matthew 5: 38-39 

Six jurors reached a decision last night: George Zimmerman is “not guilty” of murder, and yet he shot a seventeen year old, unarmed teenager coming home from the store.

I don’t care that he had gold teeth, took photos of himself flipping off the camera, smoked pot, or was suspended from school (I’ve done two out of those four things myself).  

But, here’s what I do care about: it took forty-four days for the police to arrest Zimmerman and sixteen months for the case to come to trial.  What’s more, Zimmerman somehow became the victim and, as if that’s not enough, the judicial system made it crystal clear that racial profiling is alive and well not only in life and but also in life after death.

What hurts my heart the most is that our country’s history of violence against people of color, especially black men, keeps repeating itself over and over and over again.  The lynchings of the “past” have not ceased, the anxiety and fear that was aroused during Reconstruction are still metastasizing and spreading, and our legal and governmental systems seem to be fueling the deadly fire.

Desmond Tutu, South African social rights activist, Anglican priest, and lion of justice, once said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.  If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

To this end, SALT is planning to shoot a short film (to be released in 2014) in partnership with WFYI and Christian Theological Seminary to mark the 75th anniversary of Billie Holiday's first recording of "Strange Fruit," which was written by Abel Meeropol after seeing a photograph of the 1930 lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana.  We will dedicate this film to Trayvon Martin and to victims of violence everywhere.

Praying for both the elephants and the mice,

The SALT Team

Tuesday
Nov272012

a week of hope

The mysterious season of Advent is almost here.  It is a season of waiting, longing, and calling out for God to be more present in this broken yet beautiful world.  At SALT, we want to make the most of the four weeks leading up to Christmas by lighting candles, reading scripture, praying, and meditating - wanna join us?  

All you have to do is visit us often throughout the next few weeks for ideas, practices, poetry, photography, and fun ideas to get ready for Christmas.  

So, without further adieu, here’s a little service you can do alone, with your spouse, or with your family this Sunday to start the season off right! 

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Read:

Psalm 25:1-10

Light:

One Candle 

Speak Out Loud:

“O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame…do not let those who wait for you be put to shame…”

Meditation:

Advent is a time of waiting, watching, and praying for God to be made more present in the world.  As Christians, we believe that love is stronger than hate, peace more enduring than war, and that God’s hope will extinguish forever the shadows of shame cast by war, sickness, violence, and absence of tenderness.

God buries hope in the tiniest moments – a smile offered to a stranger, a plate of cookies for a lonely neighbor, a prayer lifted up for the people of Rwanda – and the world is never the same!

Pray:

Loving God, during this season of dark, blue shadows, illuminate every heart so that the shadows of shame might take flight, and the light of your hope might take root in our lives.  Amen.

Practice Hope:

Word AIDS Day, Saturday, December 1 – pray without ceasing that the stigma and shame of HIV/AIDS might be lifted and that medicine might be available for everyone.

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Thanks to Anders Ruff Custom Designs for these sweeter than sweet Advent Calendar Printable Mittens.  We heart them!

Monday
Jun182012

summer hiatus

Just a quick note to let everyone know that SALT is taking a digital hiatus for a few weeks this summer.  During this time of sabbath and rest, there will be no posts, tweets, facebook inspiration, photos, poems, or Pinterest pins (well, maybe a “repin” or two; sometimes we just can’t help ourselves!).  

In short, we’re taking a little time off to vision, dream, re-charge, plan, scheme, and plot our creative future together. 

So, we’ll see you back here in a few weeks!  We miss you already!

Happy summer, blue skies, ferris wheels, and fireflies,

The SALT Team

Wednesday
Apr182012

day of silence

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.  + Isaiah 11:6

The Day of Silence, a day set aside for students across the country to hold silence in order to call attention to the silencing effect bullying and harassment has on the LGBT community, is almost here.  On Friday, April 20th, 2012, thousands of young people across the country will make their communities safer by saying, without words, that bullying is wrong, period.  Hating, rejecting, mocking, or ostracizing someone because of their sexuality is wrong, period.

I wonder if churches might have something to learn from these students...  I wonder if Christians across the country might also hold silence for our history of bullying, rejection, and discrimination...  I wonder if we might take some time to hold silence, on Friday and/or on Sunday, to repent on behalf of our brothers and sisters within the Christian faith who are actively trying to “cure” or encourage people to “journey out” of their sexuality... 

I wonder what might happen if we let these students lead us?  I wonder if it’s time for church people across the nation to stand up and say, with and without words, that all people are created in the image of God, period.  If we learned anything on Good Friday, it ought to be this:  hating, rejecting, mocking, or ostracizing someone for any reason is wrong, period.

What you think?  Does the National Day of Silence has something important to say to the church, to your church?  Tell us... 

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Thanks to Brent Matthews Lillard for supporting the National Day of Silence.