Ask the Matriarch: Helping Children Move when the Pastor is Called Away

This question comes from one of our RevGal colleagues who is feeling overwhelmed by what it means for her family when God’s call means big changes:  Dear Matriarchs: Could I get some advice from other mama pastors? I have been seeking a new call and doing some interviews in some distant places. Now one of… Read More

Thursday Prayer: Our brother, the Ethiopian Eunuch

Thank you God, for our brother, the Ethiopian Eunuch, baptised into your life a forebear in the family of Christ. Thank you for all of our forebears, and siblings who are embodied in ways that disrupt heteropatriarchal norms; who are part of the family you are making: gay and lesbian inside and outside of gender… Read More

RCL: The Challenge to Love

I’m having some difficulties with these texts this week. It’s the third anniversary of my mother’s death and my grief is complicated. And the things happening in the world that displace such callous indifference to human lives brings the angry cynic out in me. I’m working to contain these feelings as I read these texts… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Unknown God (Acts 17:16-31

I remember asking about all those people who didn’t know about God as a precocious Pastor’s Kid back in the day. I must have been at least 6, maybe older. My parents, obliquely, referred to Acts 17, letting me know that people have ways to know God even if they don’t have the same information… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Mental Health Advocacy

On Easter Sunday morning, a young man on his way through the receiving line at church asked me, “Can Jesus heal my mental illness?” I was taken aback, not only at the very intimate question in a very public space, but also that my sermon about Mary’s grief at the tomb, about her willingness to… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Spring Prayer

So God, Where I am now they call this springtime. I want sunshine, flowers, robin’s eggs, and even muddy boots shed on the stoop on the way inside for a cup of tea, served with a big spoonful of honey. Spring’s sweetness is what I want. I do not want the bitter blast of cold… Read More

Friday Festival: Revealing the Hidden

Our bloggers are writing about things unseen this week.  They explore the hidden nature of other people, themselves and their lives.  Also, the thinly veiled beauty of chocolate chip pie. Unconscious contracts are on Mags Blackie’s mind, as she ponders the things she does without thinking deeply about them.  They include “The knee jerk response… Read More