"Cognitive Anchors" are facts we know to be true -- so that all incoming information must wrap around these facts. What are your Cognitive Anchors? Last night I went to a "Dialogue of Discovery" at Janelia Farm, a research campus funded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute, to hear a practitioner … [Read more...] about Cognitive Anchors: What Weighs You Down?
I'm one of the Matriarchs over at RevGalBlogPals, and today's "Ask the Matriarch" question was especially complex: An accused sex offender has asked if I will conduct his funeral. He is terminally ill. I want to minister to this person and the family, but I am struggling. Family members were … [Read more...] about Conduct a Funeral for a Sex Offender?
People say that denominational decisions are like law and sausage. If you love them, you don’t want to see them getting made. But I love the way we Presbyterians govern ourselves. I geek out over our historic principles. Have you heard these beautiful, high-minded words from 1788? ~ God alone is … [Read more...] about Why I Support the Presbyterian Church’s Vote
Here's the full text of what the PCUSA just passed at the 221st General Assembly. Don't miss #7. You're welcome to comment, as long as you disclose your identity. I delete anonymous comments. The PC(USA) has a long standing commitment to peace in Israel and Palestine. We recognize the complexity … [Read more...] about What the PCUSA actually said about the Middle East
The 221st General Assembly of the PCUSA is meeting this week in Detroit. There are many important and fascinating topics they will discuss, debate, and vote on. Among them is Divestment, or whether or not the denomination should divest from American companies that create products used in the … [Read more...] about Apartheid. Boycott. Conflict. Divest.
Today I got a haircut. The stylist is competent so I have a level of trust. In fact, I wonder why she works at Hair Cuttery. (Though I'm glad she does.) English is not her first language but we communicate well enough. I mentioned that I was letting my bangs grow out a bit and was pushing them to … [Read more...] about A Reversal of Communication
Are you Protestant or Catholic? And does that matter? This past Lent I had the joy of partnering with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie to conduct an online "Lent Pilgrimage." The Sisters run an "online monastery" called Monasteries of the Heart (MOH). Perhaps you're acquainted with the work of … [Read more...] about Presbyterians Hanging Out at Monasteries of the Heart
I love it when people are passionate about pursuing their creativity. My friend Sharon Newton makes gorgeous things out of wood. During this graduation season, maybe you need a gift idea for seminary graduates? Let me suggest: a portable communion set handcrafted from wood. They are now available … [Read more...] about Looking for a Gift for a Seminary Graduate?
Are you preaching on John 20:19-31 this Sunday? Easter is over and Jesus is wandering about in a state of immateriality. In John 20, Jesus drifts through closed doors and astounds the disciples. Then -- as if to hammer home the point that he's really alive and breathing -- he exhales on them. It's … [Read more...] about John 20:19-31, Scenes & Questions
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and my Lenten Pilgrimage with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie begins! I hope you'll consider joining us for this online Lenten journey. I find the idea of a "monastic online community" quite intriguing and I'm looking forward to "meeting" all the pilgrims … [Read more...] about Why Are Catholics Better at Pilgrimage Than Protestants?
What makes someone want to become a pilgrim? I'm starting to think that certain personality types are drawn to the notion more than others. We could talk Myers/Briggs Inventory -- do pilgrims tend to fall at a certain spot on the four key spectrums: extraverted/introverted, sensing/intuiting, … [Read more...] about Personalities & Pilgrims
I love Bodypump. But January is a tough month to love my gym. All these newly-inspired resolution-making types show up to give Bodypump a try. They bang into me as they set up their bench top and risers. They encroach on my space. They don’t know proper weight selection. It makes me cranky. … [Read more...] about Bodypump & the Body of Christ