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
Eugene Peterson has gone to glory. He was an inspiration to me, like so many others. I loved his work on the Psalms of Ascent, "A Long Obedience." In 2010 I heard him speak at a Festival of Faith & Writing -- he inspired me to continue the pursuit of both pastoral work and ministry as two … [Read more...] about Eugene Peterson, Rest in Peace, Rise in Glory
What a week this has been with Christine Blasey Ford's testimony for the Kavanaugh hearings! The Christian Century asked me to write a blogpost for them, so I did. It's available here: Racism, Sexual Predators, and My Experiences with Both. … [Read more...] about Coloring the News
To read Week One first, start here. Day Eight -- Lion’s Den Hike, Fogo Island Inn, local music Hands down, this was the best breakfast of my life! Cod fillets we caught ourselves the night before, fried in butter in our little Air Bnb cottage. On the side was watermelon — we’d had a big old … [Read more...] about Newfoundland — Gros Morne, Tablelands, Lanse Aux Meadows, Whales!
Our recent trip to Newfoundland reminded me of our 2010 trip to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, which I remember fondly. I had blogged that trip quite thoroughly, so I went through those posts and cleaned them up -- software updates over the years had added stray characters. Now the posts … [Read more...] about PEI & Nova Scotia, revisited
Fittingly enough, I met Barbara Melosh at a writing week hosted by Collegeville Institute (MN) back in 2012. She joined a writing group that I had begun in 2006, and made the commitment to drive all the way from Wilmington, DE to northern VA to attend every other week. I mention that because I run … [Read more...] about A Memoir for Anyone Who Has Loved and/or Left a Church
What have you done to restore your soul this summer? I hope you've carved out a bit of down-time. I was so fortunate to take a 2-week trip to Newfoundland with my husband, Doug. Here are some highlights and photos from the first week. Day One — St. Johns -- "Newfoundland Time" When we flew … [Read more...] about Newfoundland: Wind, Whales, Puffins, Gannets, Cod!
I wrote an article for Christian Century, which will appear in the Aug 1 print edition. It's available online today. Women of the Bible Say #MeToo. The editors chose to accompany the articles with great art. There will also be an accompanying article by Anna Carter Florence about the story of … [Read more...] about Women of the Bible Say #MeToo