The Pastor Is Political: Mother’s Day Edition

Ah, Mother’s Day. Another holiday of banal Hallmark cards, rushing to send flowers and gifts, of handing out red and white carnations (red if your mother is alive, white if she’s dead, or is it the other way around?), of asking our mothers in the congregation to stand. In this more-than-one-year pandemic, motherhood is more… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Do This, Not That (Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21)

The church I serve is full of delightful people with a love for the world, and they find great solace in policies. Binders. Manuals. Rules. What makes me itch makes them feel secure. Looking back two thousand years, I can imagine that the churches in Galatia, once Paul left them, wanted the security of a… Read More

Monday Prayer

Dear God, thank you for the many blessings to ponder in the early dark of Monday morning. Thank you for soft cat voices asking for breakfast, for fading daffodils and blooming tulips, standing tall and somewhat pretentious. Thank you for spring rain carried on the breeze, for the sounds of organ music pouring forth from… Read More

Saturday Prayer, May 1, 2021

Prayer for International Workers Day God, we hear your voice singing …I relieved your shoulder of the burdenand your hands were freed from the basket. On this International Workers Day,we pray for justicefor workers everywhere –a living wage, workplace safeguards,affordable housing, child care,health care rightsun-tied to full-time hours,re-opening plans based in worker safetyrather than customer… Read More