11th Hour Preacher Party: From where you are

Lots of emotive triggers in our texts this week, in both the Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative Lectionary. Themes of grief, grace, forgiveness, resourcefulness, compassion, empowerment, themes that cannot fail to speak into all our differing contexts. Knowing the context into which we are called to preach, do we have the courage to go… Read More

Friday Festival: These Writing Women

While the call to ministry is not necessarily a call to writing, RevGalBlogPals was founded by women whose urge to write, both about ministry and about life more broadly, led them to publish blogs. Whatever we write, from poems to prayers to anecdotes and sermon illustrations, we are writing to some extent about ourselves. Connie… Read More

Thursday Prayer: disrupting the status quo

Dear God, Make us in your likeness: that we might disrupt what is taken for granted, and be challengers of the status quo that privileges the normative white, straight, able-bodied. Nourish us with the stories of our forebears: that their actions might fuel prophetic imaginations in our own time. Equip and empower us to work… Read More

Save the Date! Big Event 2020

Save the date and join RevGalBlogPals at the Franciscan Center in Tampa, Florida, for Big Event 2020: From Vision to Action. Registration will open on June 1, 2019. Three outstanding clergywomen will share their stories and help participants explore how a vision for ministry becomes action in the world. Our week will include worship, plenary… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Love Your Enemies Edition

Sometimes, it feels like all the world is against you. Everyone is cursing, hating, or abusing you. Nothing is working out the way you want, and all the powers are conspiring against you. Sometimes, this is really the case. When that happens, Jesus has difficult but important advice for us. Love those people anyway. The… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Banquets and Blessings (Matthew 14:13-33)

Yawn…another feeding story…another miracle story.  Because versions of this story show up in the readings so often, the power of the story gets lost in our familiarity with it.  Even the delightful details are familiar – Jesus inviting (commanding?) the disciples to share the work with him, the grass that evokes a new Eden, the… Read More