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Musings and Leadings

The ideas and musings of Ashley M. Wilcox

I am a Quaker minister and a lawyer, originally from Anchorage and currently living in Atlanta. I share an apartment with my partner Troy and our two orange cats. In addition to reading and writing, I enjoy a good laugh, swimming, yoga, knitting, and singing. To learn more about me, click here.
 

 
Grieving for Rachel Held Evans

Rachel and I were both bloggers who traveled a lot—though she did this on a much larger scale than I did. I remember bonding over an ice cream place in the Atlanta airport, a place we both ended up frequently. Now I blog a lot less, and my stomach won’t let me eat ice cream anymore. And this morning I found out that Rachel Held Evans has died.

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Quakers and the Prophetic Tradition

If we want the Religious Society of Friends to be prophetic—and that’s a big if—we are going to have to get a lot more willing to sit with discomfort. What if we take our old practices and try to reimagine them? Give them new life? When someone comes with a strong leading (or even a hope) can we listen together? Or will we say, “we don’t do things that way” or “we tried that before and it didn’t work.”

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How Would Jesus Fight? (Matthew 18:15-20)

We have adopted this at the Church of Mary Magdalene as our conflict resolution policy.  And it’s how I personally try to resolve conflicts.  It’s a practice that I’m committed to, like yoga.  And it’s one that I’m really bad at, also like yoga. 

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Three Wise Girls (Matthew 2:1-12)

I want little girls like Talia to know that Jesus chose a woman to be the first preacher.  I want women to know that their gifts are precious and valuable.  And I had a dream about preaching for women, which led to this Wednesday night worship.

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Why I Love Semi-Programmed Worship

I love semi-programmed worship because I think it is the most welcoming form of Quaker worship.  In semi-programmed worship, someone in the community explains each part of the worship, and everyone knows what to expect next.

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Joseph's Rainbow Coat (Genesis 37:1-11)

In some ways, I want to encourage you to be like Joseph: Wear your princess coat!  Wear your rainbow flag!  Be who you are.  Queer it up!  But I also want to encourage you to not be like Joseph, who could not see the way his brothers were marginalized or his brothers’ pain and fear.

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A Blessing

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, and queer people,
You are beloved children of God

Women, men, transgender, intersex, and non-binary people,
You are beloved children of God

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Church of Mary Magdalene 2: Beginnings

I tell Hannah about a dream I had the night before about preaching for women. I dreamed that when I looked out at the congregation, the chairs were mostly empty, but there were women sitting in chairs near the back. As I looked out at them, the women moved their chairs to the front to listen to me preach.

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Church of Mary Magdalene 1: State of the Church

Church of Mary Magdalene is a place where women preach. It is a community where the voices of women, queer people, and others on the margins are centered. This is not just a worship where women and queer people are welcome, but rather a worship by and for women and queer people.

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Recorded Minister Report for 2016

My New Year’s resolution for 2016 was to embrace the new, and there were a lot of new things this year!  The first few months were my last semester at Candler School of Theology.  I devoted most of that time to working on my thesis, “Dangerous Women’s Bodies: Stories of How Women Ministers are Threatening and Threatened.”

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