Consider this a post for "church geeks" which is unusual for me. But it's part of my work-in-progress, and you can feel free to read or not, as you desire! This past week I heard a talk by Dr. Joseph Small, who has spent his career at the denominational offices of the Presbyterian Church (USA). … [Read more...] about Is Church Schism a “Necessary Tragedy”?
Last night was the first presidential debate of 2012. As I listened to the debate, I kept my eyes and hands busy hand-sewing my pulpit robe. Last Sunday I noticed that the yoke had become undone, inside and out. When I got it home and examined it, I realized that the anchor strap that holds the … [Read more...] about Politics and a Pulpit Robe
This afternoon the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) debated whether or not to redefine marriage, changing the language in our Book of Order from "between a man and a woman" to "between two people." I tuned in to the live streaming and was riveted. I logged on to Twitter, and for … [Read more...] about Redefining Marriage
Most unusual: The parking lot was already lined with cars when we pulled in. Inside the church office, my desktop was almost clear. I made photocopies of various last-minute instruction lists and reminders, and posted them in conspicuous places, the way you might for your first overnight … [Read more...] about Farewell to My Church on Pentecost
Yesterday was a historic day in the Presbyterian Church (USA). A majority of presbyteries have voted to ratify the decision by General Assembly last July, which changes the language of our Book of Order (text below). The language replaces a paragraph known as "Fidelity and Chastity clause" which had … [Read more...] about Swinging to Inclusion
In seminary we were told that occasionally we would encounter a collision of church needs and family needs. Well, there's an understatement! And after 20+ years in ministry, the conflicts do not end. Our younger daughter (YD) is in her 3rd year of college, studying Entrepreneurship. For the past 9 … [Read more...] about Minister/Mom: Role Collision
Today marks the 20th Anniversary of my Ordination to the Ministry of Word & Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Hallmark does not make cards for this occasion. But still, I woke up to a tailor-made greeting card. On the front is a picture of myself, my mother and my aunt, sitting on a … [Read more...] about 20 Years Ago: An Anniversary of Ordination
Yesterday I sat on the sidelines of a particular community of faith. My husband and I attended a Shape Note Sing, which we do twice a year or so. (comparable to a Christmas/Easter Christian) Usually I'm the person at the center of the faith community, so the experience of being on the sidelines is … [Read more...] about Vantage Point: Sideline