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
I am a working mother. Sometimes “work” and “mothering” stick to their allotted categories. But when a kid gets sick, which lately feels like always, then these categories overlap to the point of not much of anything getting done well. Some of that occurred this week. I had to stay home one of my office … Continue reading On Writing a Passion Play for Kids While My Own Children Nap (or Don’t)
On April 4, 2016, I went in for a routine appointment knowing ‘This Could Be The Day’. Having anticipated ‘The Day’ for weeks, I was skeptical. My doctors had started me on BP meds, so I figured those would buy me some time and I’d deliver closer to my (bumped up) delivery date. But when … Continue reading Grief & Joy: On My Second Child Turning One
John 1:43-51 43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus … Continue reading Jesus, Nathanael, and Dining Alone.