Dear RevGals and Pals,
The apostle Paul wrote, “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world.” (Romans 17:8)
I thank God for all of you, and the way we come together week in and week out, to talk about the word we will proclaim, to offer one another encouragement, to share ideas for children’s messages (always helpful!), and to feast at the virtual table.
In real life, RevGals have gathered in recent weeks for a pilgrimage to Edinburgh and Holy Isle, to have lunch in Maryland, via FaceTime across continents and in phone calls, emails and texts – not to mention on the never-sleeping forums of Facebook and Twitter. We started a RevGals Pinterest this week, and a Tumblr to celebrate the publication of our book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit (SkyLight Paths).
Have I given you enough means for procrastination yet?
If you’re planning to preach about the week’s events in Baltimore, check out these blog posts by or featuring the voices of RevGals and others:
Wil Gafney – Call the Wailing Women to Weep For Us
Rachel Hackenberg – The Luxury of Talking About Race
Elaine Besthorn – On Baltimore… (an aggregation of quotes and photos)
MaryAnn McKibben Dana – Good Morning, #Baltimore (including many great links)
Odyssey Networks, featuring RevGal members Wil Gafney, Karyn Wiseman and Karoline Lewis – Preaching Reflections on Freddie Gray and Baltimore
I also recommend reading:
Derrick Weston (a blogging pal of many RevGals) – Charm City Blues: Baltimore and trauma-informed community
If you have found other helpful resources, please do share them in the comments, and I will add them in the post.
I’ll be here to keep the coffee fresh, the Diet Coke cold, the coffee cake sweet and the popcorn hot.