Friday Prayer: The Small Hours of the Soul

3 a.m. is an unholy hour. Not because God is absent, but because in the exhaustion of the soul, Idols creep in, hauling their own plinths behind them. The petty gods of anxiety and frustration fight over the floorspace of your mind While slinky griefs and self-doubt drape themselves cunningly in the most conspicuous places.… Read More

RevGalBookPals: The #MeToo Reckoning

Content Warning: sexual assault, abuse, rape, church abuse,   I am Lutheran (ELCA). In Lutheran theological understanding, all of the commandments are interconnected, not only to our relationship with God, but to our relationship with other people. Commandments are most quickly broken because we (people) create false idols. These are not the golden calf of… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Today I am singing and rejoicing because— We are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses We are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses We are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses Thank you, God! Now, please God, compel us to lean into this promise with hope and trust Compel… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Code-Switching (Mark 4:1-34)

The parables found in Mark 4:1-34 are familiar, but I must admit that I got a bit annoyed when I read the text this time. Why the word games? Why do some get to understand and others don’t? Given the oh, so many political and religious pundits, media outlets that have been co-opted by corporate… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

God of Greys and Brightness, In this post Christmas season, As the lights have been taken down And clouds have filtered in, The funk of January has permeated our souls. Whether the days are cold and dreary north of the Equator Or the days are arid and scorching to the south, Our balance seems off.… Read More

RCL: God Calling

My call story involves an Amy Grant song and Route 128 in Massachusetts. I was already enrolled in a graduate program in Pastoral Ministry. I had been thinking of it as a useful prelude to what I thought I wanted to do: study Jungian psychotherapy. Then, one fall day I found myself driving to the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Climate change denial is not an option

Severe flooding has already hit the UK, much of Europe and also parts of the USA this winter. If that wasn’t enough to concentrate people’s minds about climate change, then the loss of life, human and animal, and the loss of homes in Australia’s bush fires should have done. In the UK, the floods in… Read More