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. Cheryl and I co-wrote a blogpost for NextChurch. Read "Art Giving Voice to #MeToo" here (with photos). I urge … [Read more...] about Art Giving Voice to Trauma: the #MeToo Art Project
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
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
Barbara Melosh and I are writing buddies. We met at a week-long writing workshop hosted by Collegeville Institute (MN) in 2012. She joined my writing group, making the commitment to drive all the way from Wilmington, DE to northern VA every other week. I mention that because so many people think … [Read more...] about Loving and Leaving a Church, by Barbara Melosh, a book review
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!
Jesus also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain … [Read more...] about What We Plant, a sermon on Mark 4:26-34
In his retirement, my father did research and writing about the denomination he loved. One of those articles traced the fight within the Christian Reformed Church over the issue of women voting. When he first told me about the research, I thought my dad meant women voting in church -- fights I could … [Read more...] about The Christian Reformed Church & Woman Suffrage
Today the United States dedicated its embassy in Israel, which relocated from TelAviv to Jerusalem. At a grand ceremony, many influential people spoke, frequently invoking God's name, praying or quoting scripture. More than one mentioned the words of Psalm 122 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May … [Read more...] about Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
I had no idea that either of my essays had been submitted for an ACP award. I'm grateful to Christian Century for submitting A Pastor's MeToo Story and to Sojourners for submitting Skin in the Game. Both publications received many awards and I am honored to be among them. Here's the link to the full … [Read more...] about Thank you to Associated Church Press
I haven't said much about my pilgrimage yet. I was quite sick when I got home and am just now feeling back to normal. One of my sister pilgrims was Rev. Heather Jepsen (First Presbyterian Church in Warrensburg, Missouri). On Easter, Heather's sermon included a story from the day we visited the … [Read more...] about “Finding Jesus”