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Jes Kast

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Goodbye (for now)

Dear 12 Community, If my memory is correct, we’ve been together about seven years. That’s a long a time together. That’s enough time to know the things we like about each other and the things that annoy us about each…
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Gun Violence and Good Friday

We are the remnants of violence. We are the survivors. It’s the years after the horror of the gunshot that people don’t talk about. Those of us who remain, is it a blessing or a curse that we are still…
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The Pursuit of Power

It was the first day of my fifth grade year and I was already excited about becoming a member of the safety patrol squad. That’s the responsibility and honor that fifth graders received as the oldest students of elementary. There…
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Weaving a Tapestry of Prayer

Governor Cuomo assembled an inter-religious advisory council of faith leaders in the last year to advise him and his staff. My understanding is that he wants to increase the moral voice of faith leaders within the political structures of New…
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The Grace of Ashes

With poise and grace she walked toward me as if we were about to enter a dance. She was the lead and I was to respond to her invitation. She walked with gentle authority that conveyed not many have refused…
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Dr. King’s Dream Today

Honor Dr. King by honoring black women. That's what I decided to do last year and continue to do so this year. The best way for me to honor the essence of Dr. King and his work is by honoring…
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The Supermoon and the Star of Wonder

Did you see the Supermoon this week? It’s the brightest and largest full moon we will see all year. On my facebook timeline people posted pictures of the moon shining bright above New York City. The moon even glowed brighter…
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The Annunciation

I had hoped for a beautiful and lengthy post reflecting on the gravitas of Christmas, but alas, I don't have that. I, like many pastors, are stretched thin this week and have the demands of people to feed, prayers to…
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Mary the Silence Breaker

This morning Time Magazine released the news that their Person of the Year are the Silence Breakers, women who have come forth in a chorus of courage and resistance against sexual harassment and domination of men proclaimed Me Too this…
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She is Called

by Jes Kast My colleagues here on The Twelve are sharing excellent reasons why you should give and financially support The Twelve and Perspectives Journal. They are kind, thoughtful, and smart people, and we are blessed to be in conversation…