This weekend I'm celebrating my anniversary of ordination, a significant date that goes unremarked by anyone but myself. On a whim I searched through a few old photos, and thought I'd share this one with you. In this photo I'm wearing a stole that my mother (left) and my aunt (right) embroidered … [Read more...] about Anniversary of Ordination
After I got raped, one of my problems was that my thoughts were unthinkable. This problem joined other, more pressing ones. Where could I be safe? Where could I sleep? And how could I get through the impending hours of darkness? I continually felt like I was jumping out of my skin. I’ll admit … [Read more...] about When Your Thoughts Are Unthinkable
One of the joys in my life is being a "Matriarch" AKA "Mentor of Clergywomen Everywhere." Over at RevGalBlogPals, I and a number of other matriarchs respond to a classic question -- what to do when parishioners make snide comments in the presence of others? Unfortunately, it is a very common … [Read more...] about Women Pastors Unite!
October 14, 2015 marks my 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). I posted some thoughts in 2013 and in 2010. Today I just want to mark the date. … [Read more...] about Marking the Date
As I updated my Linked In profile today, it felt like I was writing an early draft of my obituary. Perhaps the difference between the two documents lies mainly in timing. A LinkedIn profile covers work in progress. An obituary doesn't show up until our work is done. Since LinkedIn is a … [Read more...] about Your LinkedIn Profile: An Obituary in Progress?
I’m a woman and have spent a good portion of my career occupying pulpits. In some circles a preaching woman is seen as a problem. Now comes a book that normalizes my life: "There's a Woman in the Pulpit." What a gift! I’ve always wanted to feel normal. There’s a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian … [Read more...] about I’ve Always Wanted to Be Normal
I have just returned from a pilgrimage to the UK where I was on the receiving end of so much hospitality! I led a 3-day conference called The Pilgrim Way for 18 clergywomen in Edinburgh, Scotland. The woman who originally envisioned this international event, and organized it, was Julie Woods. … [Read more...] about Pilgrim Hospitality
Clergywomen face unique challenges. Today's "Ask the Matriarch" column at RevGalBlogPals addresses a question about enforcing boundaries with a person who is hurting: Dear Matriarchs, What’s a gal chaplain to do? I work in hospice and I try hard to be professional and do my job well. What does … [Read more...] about Is He Hitting On Me? A Clergywoman & Bereaved Guy
October 14, 2014 is my 24th Anniversary of Ordination to the Ministry of Word & Sacrament. What a privilege to live this life! For the past three years I haven't been serving a church full time, and so I have a bit of distance from my vocation. More than ever, I love rubbing elbows with other … [Read more...] about In Celebration of Clergywomen
A recent article in the NYT, Learning to Love Criticism, discusses a Fortune.com study of performance reviews, which shows that women are criticized more severely, and in more personal ways, than are men. In other words: It's not our imagination! I am familiar with the dynamic described. As a … [Read more...] about Praise or Blame, All the Same: Handling Criticism
Interested in coming to Scotland with me? We can be pilgrims together! I'm thrilled to announce my first international speaking event. The above is a screen shot -- here's the link … [Read more...] about Big Event Edinburgh: The Pilgrim Way
I was ordained to the Ministry of Word & Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) on October 14, 1990, at Penfield Presbyterian Church. The photo tells you how long ago that event was -- I have only this one image, of poor quality. In 1990, taking a picture involved flashbulbs and film -- … [Read more...] about A Kodak Moment