Revised Common Lectionary: Equipped for Resistance

After the U.S. elections last fall, I heard many people saying things like, “How are we going to survive this?” and “It’s never been this bad before.” My response was, and continues to be, “The people of God have been here before. If we seek to serve God, we will find a way through.” This week’s… Read More

Saturday Prayer: Dimensions of the Journey

If they had known it would be forty years, would they have packed differently? would they have planned differently? would they have prepared differently? We do not know the dimensions of the journey to which you call us. We only hear you say… Follow me. Preach, teach, heal. Love others as yourself. Confront abusers of… Read More

Friday Festival: The Threads We Grasp

Much has been written this week in response to the violence in Charlottesville, VA in the U.S., commenting on the events of last weekend, and reflecting on it as a moral mirror for us all.   Wise bloggers have written about learning from our racist history, the racism in our own families, and the kind of… Read More

RevGalBookPals: The Cross and the Lynching Tree

This my confession of American, white privilege of a certain age: when I was in seminary, I took classes on race and ethnicity, but at the same time- I assumed that the biggest fights that would happen in my pastoral ministry would be around sex, sexuality, and gender and money. My social and class location,… Read More

Thursday prayer: Soften our hearts.

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove your stony heart from your body and replace it with a living one… Ezekiel 36:26 CEB We pray for God to soften our hearts… We pray for relationships in which there is conflict, and pray for God’s grace and wisdom to… Read More

Our Spiritual Disciplines: Routines of the House

Growing up, my mom and dad always insisted on Saturday morning that my sister and I would help them clean the house before we got to do anything we called fun. Though it wasn’t meant to be punishment, it sure felt like it. I would regularly complain: “Why can’t I watch cartoons like my other… Read More