I’ve been visiting the blog ring in search of posts connected to the events of the past week, posts other than the many sermons shared on the Facebook page.  And here are what I’ve found:

We all need places in which we can grab hold of something tangible and growing during these times of turmoil. Rosa writes about lessons learned from tending her garden in the midst of the horror.

Marci often has opportunities to speak out, and has posted her Remarks from a Standing in Solidarity Rally.

This past week, the consequences of avoidance have come home to roost. Katherine runs and muses about her own experience of crossing the road in order to avoid those whom she does not want to encounter

Jan Edmiston writes about being white with concrete suggestions of things we can do besides thinking and praying. This one might be of particular help to those of us serving churches in which it has been all too easy to practice the aforementioned avoidance.

And finally, Jan Richardson has written a Blessing for Coming Home to an Empty House.  It’s a blessing which emerged from her very personal experience of the loss of her husband, but it applies.  In the midst of all of the demonstrations, press conferences, and other public events and conversations of the last week, I have been thinking about this: The partners and children and parents who are now coming home to those cavernously empty homes.

Blessings to all of YOU as you prepare to guide your congregations through the next-anticipatedhugely public events, known as conventions.


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Rev. Robin Craig is a PC(USA) pastor serving an ELCA congregation in Bay Village, Ohio. She is also a spiritual director, a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, and a blogger at Fragments of Grace 2.


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