How do you nourish your creativity? It's an important question and too rarely asked. The transactional world has very little interest in our creativity. It's up to us to cultivate the part of us that longs to create something new, even if that something has little utilitarian value. I'm speaking as … [Read more...] about “Happy Accidents” Thank you, Bob Ross!
by Angela Denker, Fortress Press, 2019 If you want something readable and thought-provoking about how and why religiously-affiliated voters elected our divisive president, this is a book for you. The author, pastor and journalist Angela Denker, shows that while Trump supporters in collective mass … [Read more...] about Red State Christians: Understanding the Voters Who Elected Donald Trump
I have an article called "Beyond Black and White: One Pastors Response to the Abortion War" at Christian Feminism Today, my first time writing for them. If you came over from CFT, Welcome! You can download the pdf of that "missing chapter" here. … [Read more...] about Beyond Black and White on Abortion
The recent swell of anti-abortion legislation is infuriating. What Alabama has signed into law -- denying access to abortion even in cases of rape and incest -- lacks both compassion and common sense. This legislation is fueled by anger and misogyny. It is intended to punish women by removing their … [Read more...] about Anti-Abortion Legislation Lacks Compassion
I'm so excited to show you all the cover of my next book! Maybe it's because of the pink border, but this feels like a birth announcement. And that makes sense. Books have a long gestation. Here's something else that's fun: Turn the book on its side and check out the cover. What do you see now? … [Read more...] about The Cover Reveal
So honored to share news of an award from the Associated Church Press! My August 2018 cover story for The Christian Century, Women of the Bible Say #MeToo, received an Award of Excellence (gold) in the category of "Bible Resource." Last year I received two awards from ACP, both in the … [Read more...] about Sharing Good News
I posted this on FB and it was widely shared: As we ate supper last night, Doug and I talked about the mosque attack, and I wondered aloud if All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), our local mosque was having a service of some kind. We checked online, and a vigil had just begun. So I quickly … [Read more...] about After the Mosque Shooting in Christchurch
I'm so thrilled to tell you about a new book of poetry by my good friend, Susan Baller-Shepard. The title is simply: DOE. Many of Susan's poems feature the nature world, which she loves, but they explore and reveal the human experience, from a uniquely female lens. Susan is a pastor and religion … [Read more...] about DOE, poems of innocence, atrocity, and other female concerns
If, like me, you read "Misty of Chincoteague" as a child, you may have a soft spot for the famous wild ponies who live on the barrier islands off the Virginia shore. This week, while I was on a clergy retreat in Ocean City, Maryland, I visited Assateague Island. The ponies were on my mind … [Read more...] about Ponies & Renewal
I was delighted that the folks at Christianity Today asked me to serve as a judge for this year's book awards, in the category of CT Women. I got to read four excellent books, and write up my thoughts on each one. The guiding light for the awards is this statement: "Our picks for the books most … [Read more...] about Christianity Today’s 2019 Book Awards: Category CT Women
Exactly a year ago I wrote a cover story for Christian Century called A Pastor's #MeToo Story. The response to that article convinced me that the subject matter needed more exploration. As a clergywoman and author -- and also a survivor of sexual assault and clergy sexual misconduct -- I was not … [Read more...] about We Have a Title!
One of the blessings of being a writer is connecting with other creative persons exploring similar topics. An artist named Cheryl Prose makes #MeToo art pieces. One is based on my memoir. Hear from Cheryl -- and see photos -- at a blogpost here. … [Read more...] about Art Giving Voice to #MeToo