Ask the Matriarch: Negotiating Your Best Parsonage

A pastor’s residence is her retreat, her haven, her household’s headquarters. This week’s question is about her pastoral housing choice: to live in the church parsonage or not? Dear Matriarchs: I am UM and moving to a new appointment. The church has a parsonage, and they indicated that it was our choice to either move… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Divine Dialogue Starter- For boundary training I would like to give thanks. Yes, it’s not easy to think of the do’s and the do nots of ministry. It’s not easy to continuously reevaluate ourselves, our power, and our place… But… It reminds me of my privilege which I must acknowledge. It reminds me of my… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Purple (but not Lent)

My childhood church had a tradition of the youth performing a musical each year on Mother’s Day. One year, our choir director chose a musical named Paul & Co. by John Horman and Mary Nelson Keithahn. To this day, a song from this musical goes through my head whenever I hear the Lydia story: A seller… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Hoping Against Hope (Romans 5:1-11)

When my daughter was young, I would often say, “Hmmm…” as I thought about something.  “What hmmm?” she would demand, wondering what I was pondering. We have the same reaction to Paul, as the reading begins with “therefore…”  “What therefore?” we wonder.  Read the Narrative  Lectionary Commentary here. Read the scripture here. With his adept… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Free Pastor Betty Rendón!

Last Wednesday night, I gathered with ELCA Greater Milwaukee Synod Bishop Paul Erickson and a couple hundred clergy and community members outside of the Kenosha Detention Center for a prayer vigil. That morning I found out that ELCA Synodical Minister: Pastor Betty Rendón, her husband, nephew, and daughter were arrested and detained on May 8.… Read More

Monday Prayer

  I write… I paint… I draw. Recording God’s handiwork, reflecting my imperfect vision. The sights and sounds that surround me, show me the master’s hand. Birds and insects, trees and fields, People’s voices, muted, observing each other’s work, encouraging and affirming. Precious, Holy, thank you for that gift of leisure on this Monday in… Read More