Over at RevGalBlogPals, the Matriarchs have rounded-up some favorite resources and tips appropriate to the Advent/Christmas season. I weighed in with a few of my own. … [Read more...] about Advent resources . . . .
The tagline for Church Women United is "A racially culturally theologically inclusive ecumenical women's movement." Church Women United sponsors three gatherings each year. The first Friday of November is "World Community Day." Today I spoke for the CWU gathering in Frederick, MD. There were more … [Read more...] about “Our Journey Together”
Today I'm over at RevGalBlogPals as part of Ask the Matriarch. The question posed was about handling relationships between a church governing board, the compassionate ministries of the church (food bank/VBS outreach), and the pastor (who was new to the system). If church leadership is part of … [Read more...] about When Doing Good Needs Re-evaluation
For the last few Sundays I've filled the pulpit for a small church that has lost its critical mass. Attendance has dwindled to a faithful few, all of whom are running out of energy. Not a happy situation. Still, when I enter the church building, I feel a sense of welcome and warmth from the folks … [Read more...] about A Peculiar Energy
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
idyll | noun -- an extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque episode or scene, typically an idealized or unsustainable one. Do you prefer the real thing? Or do you get attached to your idea of what ought to be real, in other words, the idyll? The push and pull between these two applies to our … [Read more...] about The Real vs. The Idyll
"I would never work this hard for somebody else." That's what I told my husband the other day. Lately, my writing project has been all-consuming. I admit I've become rather obsessive. Who am I working for? Technically I'm self-employed. Freelance. I suppose that means I work for myself. I don't … [Read more...] about Who You Work For Matters
Do you remember the feeling of the first day of school? A notebook full of fresh pages. A sharpened pencil. A backpack without crumbs or crumpled flyers. Nothing forgotten or undone. Not a single mistake yet! Last Sunday I preached at a church on the cusp of a new school year. The congregation … [Read more...] about Backpacks & Blessings
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?
My husband and I have been Air Bnb hosts for more than a year. In addition to providing income, hosting brings emotional rewards. It feels good to offer hospitality to people who need a place to stay. (I've blogged about hospitality in relationship to ministry here and here and here.) This summer … [Read more...] about Hospitality Makes A Happy Heart
Over at RevGalBlogPals, a first-year preacher asked the matriarchs for help with the logistics of the preaching task. It's a great question so I weighed in, along with many others. Plus there's a lot of fodder in the comments. If you're a preacher, check it out and add your thoughts! … [Read more...] about Preachers on Preaching
One of our recent Air Bnb guests, a physical trainer, went for a run wearing his CrossFit T-shirt. He met one of my neighbors, who happens to be a celebrity in CrossFit Games. Telling me about this encounter, our guest couldn't stop grinning. He had found his people. I have lived in this … [Read more...] about Identifiers