voteWhat a week!

I am at home on staycation, dealing with a series of challenges, the outcome of the election being but one.  Wednesday evening I decided that it was time for four days of more or less contemplative silence, and it is from that vantage point that I have prepared this election-focused Festival of Friday.  I have made it a point to look for bloggers who are at least somewhat new to me – writers not posting links on FB or in other venues, although they are very accomplished and perhaps frequently published writers as well.  And I have also indicated something about their denominational affiliation and geographic location, hoping in this election week to honor our diversity as both RevGals and politically passionate writers.    I hope you find bits and pieces here to savor in the days ahead, as we all try to sort through our feelings and accompany those from all sides of all issues who depend upon us to preach and teach and pray with them.

In All the Wonders, Rocky Mountain Conference UMC Deacon Beth Richardson takes note of moments which gave her hope, and includes a Shawnee Prayer of confidence in the Creator.

In Claimed, Gathered and Sent, western New York Lutheran pastor Ivy Gauvin points us to words of wisdom from Walter Brueggemann and David Lose.

A Prayer for Communion comes to us from California and from the pen (computer) of spiritual director and retired Covenant pastor Diana Trautwein, writing in Just Wondering.

Be Thou My Vision’s Leslie Scoopmire, an Episcopalian seminarian in St. Louis, expounds upon the topic of “white-lash.”

Franciscan Sister Julia Walsh of Messy Jesus Business writes from Wisconsin about the intersection of faith and politics, questioning the two-party system and reminding us of our call to servant leadership.

In Snow Day, Virginia UMC pastor and campus minister Deborah Lewis explores the complexities of political life and about her enthusiastic vote for the candidate she hoped would become our first woman president.

In Just Katherine, Episcopal priest Katherine Doyle  turns to the Book of Common Prayer as she seeks to make sense of the outcome from her post in Kentucky..

And in her Notes, Presbyterian seminarian and preacher Lee Botha muses from South Africa on what it will be like to preach in a changed world on Sunday.

Don’t see your blog mentioned here? We would love to hear from all of you, as you process what’s happened and what’s next.  Leave a comment and a link!


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


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2 thoughts on “Friday Festival ~ Election Edition

  1. Thanks for this. I am struggling with the situation we have created in this country. I hope this will light a path to come to terms with the jumbled feelings I have.
    May all who contribute or read these posts find peace.


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