The Pastoral is Political: The Cost of Environmental Disaster

The sky was blue with fluffy white clouds on this mild October day in Central Scotland. It was the calm after Storm Callum, which is still causing havoc in other parts of Scotland and the rest of the UK. Floods and landslides have caused death and destruction. Lives and livelihoods lie in ruin. The reported… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Imperfect Edition

  Hello, fellow imperfect preachers. Last week’s sermon was a mess? This week’s isn’t looking much better? It’s always possible to find at least *one* thing you could have said more clearly or delivered more energetically? Then, you’ve come to the right place! It’s the RevGalBlogPals 11th Hour Preacher Party! Bring your questions, ideas, beginnings… Read More

Friday Prayer: Walking in the Night

Maybe your week, your month, your decade has felt oppressive and grim. Maybe you are overcome with anger at the continued unjust treatment of racial, cultural and sexual minorities. Or maybe you are facing what feel like insurmountable tasks and responsibilities.  This prayer was birthed out of my own need to look to the Light… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Dealing With Ministry Disappointment

October is “Pastor Appreciation Month.” Surely we Revs don’t do what we do expecting to get goodies or accolades from those we serve, but it feels good when a congregation takes the time to notice and care about our work on their behalf. Taking that word “appreciation” in a little different direction: Can any not-a-Rev… Read More