Early this week we heard our president allude to threatening North Korea with nuclear arms. By week’s end, white supremacists in Virginia were unleashing their violent hatred in what was supposedly a “rally” on a college campus. Also this week, as per our summer, cabin tradition, John and I watched one of our favorite … Continue reading Rise Up, O Sleeper; Awaken.
In the spring of 2007, John was admitted to graduate school in environmental philosophy at Colorado State University. Instead of waiting around for the fall semester to start, we quit our jobs in Austin, Texas, packed up our 600-square-foot apartment and moved to the front range. John knew what he would be doing, but I … Continue reading Ten Years Ago…
This was written yesterday, Saturday, July 8. Due to wifi glitches, I'm posting it now. Dear Andi, Yesterday we went to Bayfield, Wisconsin and you rode the ferry to Madeline Island. It wasn’t the first time, but perhaps your first appreciated trip. You stood on the bottom deck, holding onto the grate between you and … Continue reading Dear Second Born: Remember Your Baptism
I recently met a clergy friend for wine. We hadn't seen each other since Advent, and there was much to catch up on. (This must have been the case, since we spent three hours sipping the equivalent of one glass of wine each.) Our conversation spanned all things ministry, but perhaps most intriguing to me … Continue reading Women in Ministry: Roadblocks & Faith
It recently occurred to me that I wasn’t teaching my children how to pray. I’m a minister, so that was a bit of an oversight. However, I take comfort in the fact that the writer Anne Lamott kind of overlooked teaching her son to read. So maybe I’m in good company with well-intended parents who … Continue reading Fam/Prayer
Once a month, the Congregational Clergy of Eastern Iowa gather simply to share a meal and connect with one another. We usually rotate between churches, sharing the responsibility for hosting a meal and showing our colleagues what church looks like in our buildings. I’m horrible at attending these, but always enjoy when I do. … Continue reading Clergy Gathering
a blog for Holy Saturday As a teenager, I listened to a lot of dark music. It wasn’t unusual then, maybe it would be now. In the 1990’s it seemed like there were plenty of songs that made a point of challenging God, asking questions like: “God sometimes you just don’t come through, do you … Continue reading Blasphemous Rumors