Jan
30

Podcast Part 2: Because the Interviewer said “Testosterone”

Ruth Everhart

I was happy to give Jay McNeal a 20 minute interview for “Coffeepot Fellowship Podcast.” He’s interviewing clergy about life in ministry, and I told a few stories. To close the interview, Jay asked me to say a few words about my upcoming…

Jan
29

Podcast Interview: My Life in Ministry

Ruth Everhart

Jay McNeal interviewed me for his Coffeepot Fellowship Podcast. We talk about my life in ministry, a botched baptism, swimming in the Sea of Galilee — and open up a conversation about sexual violence that needed a Part 2 (coming tomorrow). Here’s Part…

Jan
25

Snow Sabbath: brought to us by #Blizzard

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Like most people on the eastern seaboard, our home is under a 30 inch blanket of snow. I’m grateful for many things: for weather forecasting that allowed people to prepare, for electricity and a working heater, for unlimited sources of things to read…

Jan
19

Preachers, Please State the Obvious

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Over the holiday weekend, my husband and I went on a road trip into the Shenandoah. We’ve explored Staunton before, so this time we headed a bit further south, to Lexington. Those thirty extra miles made a huge difference, dropping us from northern Virginia…

Jan
15

Benediction: Christian, Jew & Muslim @NationalCathedral

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My footsteps echoed in the marble chamber so I lifted my heels to keep them from hitting the tile floor. In the transept, the “great choir” was singing Evensong. The unaccompanied voices drifted through the nave like wisps of pure music, beyond words.…

Dec
31

Adventure in the Dominican Republic

Throngs of well-wishers are waiting to greet the passengers coming off our plane, which has arrived hours late. It is the middle of the night. The press of people makes us feel like rock stars, but lonely, unclaimed ones. We are not Dominicans…

Dec
30

New Year’s: An Introvert’s Holiday

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I like any excuse to sit down beside a crackling fire. I smooth the pages of my little notebook. I sip slowly from my glass of wine. And I reflect on the year past, and the year ahead. In 2015 I set the intention…

Dec
21

The Body of Christ: Tough & Fragile

Advent 2015, Faith Chapel Presbyterian Church, Lucketts, VA

When I was in seminary I was taught: Small churches are tough. You can’t beat them to death with a stick!  I believed that truism, and repeated it to others. Now I have fresh experience that allows me to see the backside of…

Dec
18

130 Years of Ministry

Advent 2015, Faith Chapel Presbyterian Church, Lucketts, VA

Next Sunday, this church door will close. After 130 years of ministry, Faith Chapel Presbyterian Church (Lucketts, VA) is closing. I’ve been filling the pulpit for a brief time and will preach the final service on December 20. I anticipate a modestly sized…

Dec
17

“I Cannot Live Without Books” Touring the Library of Congress

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My family toured the Library of Congress last weekend, with alumni from Juniata College, our daughter’s alma mater. The Library of Congress is in downtown DC, just behind the Capitol building (next to the Supreme Court). The LOC spans multiple buildings, but the…