Ordiversary Party: September!

It’s time for the September Ordiversary Party! If you were (or are being) ordained in September, we celebrate you and your ministry! Keep up the good work, friends. This is the chance to share your stories, and your advice for new ordinands, and for us to give thanks for all that God has done through… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

God of many names We lift up those facing the ravages of storms that go by many names Present storms and storms that have passed, leaving stark reminders of just how small  and vulnerable we are The fear is real The loss is real The trauma is real Bring peace and restoration to every person,… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Soap Opera in Egypt (Genesis 39:1-23)

Some people live their whole lives in the same hometown, marry the person next door, and work in the family business.  Not much changes in their lives from year to year.  Joseph is not one of those people.  He has more ups and downs in a month than most people ever experience.  He moves from… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Role Reversal

In a previous life, I helped lead retreats for schoolchildren from Christian schools. A class of kids, usually age 8-10, would come for a week at a time during the school year with their teachers, and we would be responsible for activities, worship, and meals every day. At that age, kids tend to be somewhat… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Spiritual Beings Having a Political Experience

We were on a road trip, and we started a conversation with the Wendy’s employee who had just taken our order. With no people in line and an almost empty restaurant, she seemed happy to chat with us. “I’m studying to be an LVN,” she enthusiastically proclaimed. A first-career medical technologist myself, I was interested… Read More

Friday Festival: The Gray In-Between Times

Maybe because I’m pondering transitions in my own life these days, I saw a lot of images of transition and writing about transition in our blogs this week. Maybe it’s the gray sky that marks the transition from night to day or from clear sky to hurricane-force winds. Maybe it’s the transition from work to… Read More

Friday Prayer

Life-giving Mother, Strengthen me to say… To the spiritual forces that oppose you, Get behind me, Satan! To the political forces that subvert your desire for healing and wholeness, Get behind me, Adversary! To the force within me, struggling for control of others and all situations, Get behind me, Sin!   I renounce the forces… Read More