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About ndmetcalf

Ninabeth is an artist, writer, consultant, and local pastor in the United Methodist Church. She earned a BFA at RISD and a MDiv at Drew Theological School. Her art bears witness to environmental injustice and seeks to express lament and hope. " I am striving for a new way of seeing, listening and speaking about God in order to bring about healing and wholeness. I am daughter, sister, partner, and mother. I am lament , witness and praise . I am servant, shepherd, writer, preacher and artist. I am permeable, trusting, stubborn and kind. I am Martha, Mary and Lydia . I am mystic and pragmatic. I am a believer that “words make worlds” and little seeds of kindness grow and grow. I am community; family, friends, KUMC, Ridge & Valley, and the more than human. Above all, I am a child of God sometimes broken but always blessed."

Wake Up!

The rumbling is becoming a roar
It is time to wake up to our changing climate Continue reading

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The Pensieve

“Who are the people who helped you become who you are?, Mr. Rogers asks. Looking into the Pensieve you begin to think see my mom, my dad, my sister my best friends, favorite teachers the list begins To blossom and … Continue reading

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Ah Silent Wounded Sufferer

Silent Wounded Sufferer Breathe – slowly – in-then-out – deep cleansing breaths Ah Sweet Nectar   How? How have I … Is it the endless excavating Is it the see-through smoke of a trillion stacks and pipes Is it the … Continue reading

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How Compassion Came to Live Among Us

Words by Ninabeth Metcalf, Artwork: detail from Epocha by Tim Metcalf  Find Tim’s artwork here  

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Sent Out

And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take … Continue reading

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Laudato si’ – The integral text of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on care for our common home


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Press Release of the presentation of Laudato Sii

Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, distinguished representatives of the media, all who are following by radio and television and on internet, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, First of all, I greet all of you warmly on behalf of the … Continue reading

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God’s Gift of the Earth

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Pope Francis and the Environment: Why His New Climate Encyclical Matters

 Yale will sponsor a panel on the Papal Encyclical on Wednesday April 8 at 5:30pm entitled “Pope Francis and the Environment: Why His New Climate Encyclical Matters.” Participants include John Grim, Peter Crane, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Margaret Farley, Dekila Chungyalpa, … Continue reading

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Compassion in Action: Buddhism and the Environment

Yale will host an important event on Tuesday April 7 at 4pm. His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, will give the Chubb Fellowship Lecture on “Compassion in Action: Buddhism and the Environment.” Afterwards Andrew Quintman and Mary Evelyn … Continue reading

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