The Pastoral Is Political: The Politics of “Just”

I have served almost exclusively in small-town and rural congregations in the Upper Midwest. Each of those congregations has a quilting group that makes dozens, sometimes hundreds, of quilts each year. Today I’m thinking about two of those groups. In one group, one of the members made it her special ministry to cut up the… Read More

Friday Festival: It’s the Little Things… and the Big Things

Some of our bloggers are using “little things” as a springboard for their reflections this week, while others are launching directly into “big things” that speak to us all. “Our dogs say something about us… and how we’ve lived our lives–how we’ve attempted to live our faith.” In Just Katherine, Katherine Doyle thinks about the… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Bending Toward Mercy

If you’re a Revised Common Lectionary preacher, this is the first Sunday of the church year when you can choose between a First Reading designed to echo the theme of the Gospel and a First Reading designed to provide a semi-continuous path through portions of the Old Testament. First Reading (Complementary) – Deuteronomy 5:6-21 –… Read More

Friday Festival: Fifty Years and Counting

Sometimes we think of the week after Easter as the time for a large, collective exhale, a time to rest and regroup and retrieve our equilibrium after the intense busy-ness of Lent and Holy Week and Easter. And what have our bloggers been thinking about this week? A number of bloggers, and many more RevGals,… Read More

Friday Festival: Darkness and Light

We’re halfway through Lent, and a number of our bloggers are reflecting on Darkness and Light in various ways. Here’s a sampling of the dozens of new posts in this past week by RevGals and Pals. “Lent is about walking with friends through the darkness and seeing how we are changed.” Marguerite Sheehan thinks about… Read More

Friday Festival: Anniversaries and Special Days

Several of the bloggers in the RevGalBlogPals community have been reflecting on the passage of time, and the way we mark it with anniversaries and commemorations of special days. Here’s a sampling. In Everyday Thinking, Maria Tafoya thinks about the meaning of the pearls her father had given her mother as a 25th anniversary gift.… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: For the Sake of the Gospel

They brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons… “This is what I came out to do.” (Mark 1:33-34, 38) There are lots of possibilities for Revised Common… Read More