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 very little utilitarian value. I'm … [Read more...] about “Happy Accidents” Thank you, Bob Ross!
Red State Christians: Understanding the Voters Who Elected Donald Trump, by Angela Decker, a book review
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 have changed our political world, their … [Read more...] about Red State Christians: Understanding the Voters Who Elected Donald Trump, by Angela Decker, a book review
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
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 Award of Excellence from ACP 2018
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, NZ
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
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 Inspired by Eugene Peterson
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. What an adventure! Here are some highlights and photos. Day One — St. Johns -- "Newfoundland Time" When we flew from … [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