feeto at Cindi K ordination copyOnce upon a time, long long ago, when blogging was popular and platforms were anonymous, in the days before 120 characters and “going viral,” a cluster of clergywomen & lay women & a few clergymen found one another’s blogs and developed the habit of reading & checking in & praying & encouraging through comments on each other’s blogs. As that online community grew and deepened, the bloggers asked each other a critical question: “Should we have a tshirt with this?

And thus RevGalBlogPals was born! (Check out the full story of our history on this 10th anniversary blogpost from 2015.)

In the spirit of that original online community, today’s Friday Festival shares personal updates from a few of our bloggers, and I encourage you to read their posts and leave a comment on their blogs.

+ Coffeehouse Contemplative has an update on February’s books, movies, television, and music, including the new song “Good Grief” by Dessa.

+ Liberation Theology Lutheran, located in Florida, shares: “Yesterday was the one week anniversary of the mass slaughter at our local high school.  I went to two vigils.”

+ Rev. Rosa provides an update from St. Thomas: “The [FEMA] tarps are still there and will be for months to come. Not everyone has power yet. There is no ‘landline’ phone service. All the drinking water comes in plastic bottles.”

+ Tea and Theology checks in: “2018 has been a hard year so far. I have been spending time grieving the death of a loved one and caring for a loved one who is ill. It has been hard. I have wanted to write and have not been able to find the words.”

+ A Swimmer in the Fount reflects after an exercise with her church leaders: “We heard stories of life-changing illnesses and inspiring Sunday School teachers. And I swear to you, the more people spoke, the more the entire group hungered to hear what they had to say.”

+ Derek Maul is watching the seasons in the midst of the world’s angst: “Not to avoid the important conversations but to replenish my spirit. It’s not really winter here any longer, but … it’s not spring either. We’re in a kind of transition, waiting for the trees to blossom and something beautiful to happen.”

I invite you to pause, pray for these colleagues, and leave a note of encouragement on their blogposts.

Now take a little more time and multiply the gift of online presence — whether by sharing your own update in this blogpost’s comment section, or messaging a FB friend you’ve never met in person, or @ing a message of appreciation to someone you follow on Twitter.

And may you be reminded that the Spirit moves online as well as in person!

Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, blogger, and soccer mom. Her upcoming book, Denial Is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith) with co-author Martha Spong, wrestles for God’s answers to the hard questions of life.

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