The Pastoral is Political: Teach Your Parents Well

My college aged son and I attended the “Enough is Enough” Walk Out rally last Monday, organized by high school aged youth to mark the one month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the one month anniversary of our continued inaction to the public health crisis of gun violence… Read More

Saturday Prayer: I am a mess

Incarnate God, I am screaming in the temple, flipping over tables, making enemies of those who do not understand. I am relaxing with my friends, enjoying good food, a nice glass of wine, giving thanks for the bread and the cup and the laughter. I am weeping in the garden, feeling terribly alone, fearing what… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Changing Seasons

Seasons are changing! Lent is drawing to a close (well, closer to a close, anyway). Spring is coming in the Northern Hemisphere, and Fall arrives in the Southern. At our church, we’re journeying through Holy Week for all the Sundays of Lent, and this week brings Thursday (Mark’s account includes a Last Supper, Jesus’ arrest,… Read More

Friday Prayer: Haiku of John 12

What is clutched is lost The loosely held, ever lasts. The grain sprouts for life.         The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at and She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit. RevGalBlogPals encourages you to share our blog posts via… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Transforming

In this space, we have generally committed to not reviewing books before they were actually out and on shelves. But you and I both know that your head is all Holy Week and Easter- all the time. Or maybe too many funerals. Or perhaps community support in election season or with the March for Our… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

God of peace, you already know that we are worried and distracted by many things. Our hearts are restless, not for you, but for the shiny gifts of distraction, quick comfort and approval. As Lent moves toward Holy Week, deepen in us, we pray, the ability to live with sadness and tension, to rest, not fretting,… Read More