Wild Lectionary: She Saw a Well of Water

Proper 7, Season After Pentecost Genesis 21:8-21 The biblical portrait(s) of Hagar include surrogacy, power, African identity, patriarchal family, enslavement, physical violence, pregnancy, migration, wilderness, water and the naming of God as one who sees. These are hard subjects and it would be easy to preach on another text. But when migrant bodies, mothers and […]

Wild Lectionary: The Eagle Shared Its Strength

Aboriginal Day, June 21 (Canada) Aboriginal Day of Prayer, Anglican and Second Sunday after Pentecost Exodus 19:3-6 Isaiah 40:25-31 Psalm 91 By Ginny Doctor For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; […]

Wild Lectionary: Beware the Cataclysm!

By Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson, Abide in Me For readers of Wild Lectionary, there is hardly a Scripture passage more fitting than Genesis’ account of the Flood. The powerful, terrifying narrative is often reduced to a kids’ story, replete as it is with “cute” animals in the Ark. But, of course, beneath the […]

Wild Lectionary: The Harmony Way

Trinity Sunday Genesis 1:1-2:4a By Randy Woodley As a follower of Jesus from a Keetoowah Indian heritage, my “canon” consists of Scripture, creation, and the “Native American Old Testament” (God’s revelation to Native People through generations of culture and tradition.)

Wild Lectionary: The Coming of the Holy Breath

Pentecost Acts 2:2-21 John 7:37-39 Psalm 104:25-35, 37 By Ragan Sutterfield They were gathered for a festival of word and wheat, the harvest of plants grown from soil–breathing carbon, exhaling oxygen. Beneath the soil, the plant roots had spread a sugar feast for microbes who in turn gave their bodies for the wheat’s growth.  Those […]

Wild Lectionary: The Predator Within

Easter 7 Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.  –1 Peter 5:8 by Ric Hudgens We must not domesticate our understanding of the wild. I am not referring to domesticating wild places into civilized spaces. I am noting our tendency to romanticize the […]

Wild Lectionary: Wild Church

Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 17: 22-31 The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and […]

Wild Lectionary: And Then the Stones Cried Out

Fifth Sunday Of Easter Acts 7:55-60 Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 1 Peter 2:2-10 John 14:1-14 By Melanie Delva & Coyote Terry Aleck The first three readings for this Sunday are a seemingly bizarre mix of passages dealing with stones.  First, the stoning of Stephen as he testifies to the glory of Christ. Then the Psalmist describing […]

Wild Lectionary: Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd Sunday Acts 2:42-47 • Psalm 23 • 1 Peter 2:19-25 • John 10:1-10 By Noel Moules A shepherd is a wilderness figure. Distinctive, as they move across the horizon line, while at the same time blending and flowing with and within their surrounding landscape. Always an outsider in terms of mainstream society, yet across the story of human […]

Wild Lectionary: Homeless, Unrecognized on the Road

Third Sunday of Easter Luke 24:13-35 By Ched Myers The gospel story begins with Jesus’ family fleeing violence as political refugees, pushed around Palestine by the imperial forces of Caesar and Herod (Matt 1–2; Luke 1–2).