Revised Common Lectionary: Money Edition

The Revised Common Lectionary continues to bring us complicated teachings of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew. In an attempt to catch Jesus teaching against the government, the Pharisees ask him about paying taxes. Is it lawful or not? Jesus says to give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and give to God the things… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: How God Sees (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

There’s a peculiar grief, for me, when a couple I married gets a divorce.  I feel a small pang of sadness when a member of a past congregation dies, and I’m not the one to officiate at the funeral that will celebrate their life.  These things are part of the past, but they reach into… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: The Church IS Political

I recently sat on a panel at a Christian University and a student asked me, “How do we know if we are being too political in church?” Given the current state of this country—and that of my agitated Puerto Rican, Afriqueña, queer, woman spirit—my quick response was, “As the church, we can never be too… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party

Grace and Peace to you, Preachers! What’s on your mind today? The Revised Common Lectionary continues its journey through Exodus, Philippians, and Matthew, with an Isaiah alternate reading. Tuesday’s post raises excellent questions for consideration. Narrative Lectionary preachers are considering the icky family system present in I Samuel 3, and the Tuesday NL post addresses… Read More

Friday Festival: Moments Shimmering with Kingdom Love

Waking up to a deep sense of foreboding each morning, and feeling the weight of ministry in the face of world and national events, I find myself seeking out those small experiences of encounter with the holy which give us a glimpse of something beyond the political, the tweeting, the floodwaters, and the bodies lying… Read More

Friday Prayer: Ashes Again

I saw the wildfires, Lord. The flames licking at houses, scorching trees. The stuff of homes and families and memories… GONE. I am undone. The raging power of the flames scared me, their passion was so all-consuming. but unlike the fires, You are not capricious. You are not destructive. I searched my heart… In the… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Help! They run the place!

What’s at the intersection of “things they don’t teach you in seminary” and “things you wish the search committee had told you”? This question! Dear Matriarchs, What if you had a small group of leaders who have ensconced themselves on one committee? They have controlled all church decisions for years, if not decades, and have… Read More