While the call to ministry is not necessarily a call to writing, RevGalBlogPals was founded by women whose urge to write, both about ministry and about life more broadly, led them to publish blogs. Whatever we write, from poems to prayers to anecdotes and sermon illustrations, we are writing to some extent about ourselves.
Connie Tuttle confesses,
It’s true. It takes a certain amount of ego to put one’s life on paper, to peddle it to publishers, and to ask people to read your story. The other true thing is that once all that is done it’s left to the author to live with insecurity and self-doubt.
It could have been done better, written better, crafted better.
The editor in me asks: what was left out that should be in? what is in that should be out?
The philosopher in me asks: what is true?
The theologist in me asks: where is Godde?
The woman in me asks: having spoken your truth, can you still love yourself?
Read the rest of A Memoirist’s Confession at The Gracious Heretic.
Elsa Cook mulls,
Earlier this month, I took a Memoirs 101 online class with the Writer’s League of Texas. The instructor emphasized structure and form, both of which feel like high ideals for the random assortment of memories that are currently cobbled together in a massive Word document that takes forever to open on my laptop.
I should be writing right now. My baby girl is napping and this is my chance to add to that document. Or maybe to polish it. Instead, I’ve procrastinated by cleaning both of the bathrooms in my house. It needed to be done, but still.
Read more of 70,000 Words at Cooking with Elsa.
As a pearl-wearer myself, I appreciate Christy Thomas’s reflection on a movement by United Methodist clergywomen to wear them during Special General Conference:
The thing about pearls: the more they are worn, the more beautiful they seem to become. They grow richer with age. They come in many different hues and shades. And they are not just different from each other, but they are each imperfect in their individual ways. Made by natural processes, they are full of what some might call “flaws” with their rough, unevenly smooth surfaces.
Read the rest of Pearls and Their Imperfections Mirror the Church at The Thoughtful Pastor.
Pastors and preachers spend a lot of time exploring the use of words. For a feature on this blog, Elizabeth Hakken Candido wrote this week,
If your office is anything like mine, chances are that several “emergencies” come through your door each week. Most of them hardly qualify for the title. The number of real emergencies I’ve faced in my ministry have been few although they have all been notable; emergency runs to the hospital when a young person was dying, emergency late night returns to the college campus after a shooting, or an emergency visitation with someone facing a terrible diagnosis. Most of the time though, the concerns that come through my office while real are not urgent. I’ve learned that the best way to deal with the anxiety, bluster and stress of the situation is simply to be calm, quiet and composed.
Read her full essay at The Pastoral is Political: Calm in the Face of a National Emergency.
Rosalind Hughes offers A Prayer for the Woman Preaching.
Loving, life-giving God,
God of Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth,
God of Miriam, and Your many Marys;
God of our mothers, our wives, our sisters,
where men have preceded, succeeded,
pleaded that they do not need us;
while the world learns to walk
without us, away from us,
You remember us as
the woman who anointed Your anointed one.
Mother of all gods,
remember your daughter
in the name of Your Son,
loosen her tongue,
bear her spirit above
the waters of creation:
let her utter Your Word.
To share this beautiful prayer with a friend who needs to read it, find the post at Rosalind’s blog, Over the Water.
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Martha Spong is a United Church of Christ pastor, a clergy coach, and executive director of RevGalBlogPals. She is co-author of Denial is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith) with Rachel Hackenberg (Church Publishing, 2018) and edited a collection or essays by members of RevGalBlogPals, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit (SkyLight Paths, 2015).
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