Wits’ Ends Day: All I Really Need to Know (About Pastoring) I Learned from my Cat

Robert Fulghum may have learned all he needed to know in Kindergarten, but honestly, I can’t remember back that far. My education is much more recent . . . and furry. Is it possible that all we really need to know about being pastors we can learn from our cats? Assuming you are the cat… Read More

Saturday Prayer: A Prayer from Psalm 46

Holy, Compassionate, Comforting, Empowering God, You are our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Let us not fear, though the earth quakes; though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though its storms bring death and devastation. God of peace and power, you are… Read More

Saturday Prayer: The Weight of our Labor

Light-calling, Body-forming, Life-breathing God, This labor day weekend, the weight of our labor is heavy. The weight of flood waters. The weight of anti-immigrant policies. The weight of bombs and military threats. The weight of homophobic, patriarchal theology. The weight of white supremacy. This all feels like our labor, God, because it affects your people.… Read More

Wits-Ends-Day: A Pastor’s Dream Come True

I started volunteering at our local humane society this week. Not because I’m a good person. Because my twelve-year-old daughter wants to volunteer and she’s too young to do it without parental supervision. After the required orientation, we wore our long pants, closed-toed shoes, and volunteer T-shirts, and showed up for our first shift. The… Read More

Wits’ Ends Day: You Might be a Rev. Gal Spouse If . . .

Father’s Day is coming up, and I’ve been thinking about the particular person who is the father of my particular children. I realize that many of you are not married to people who are dads—some of you are single, some of you do not have children, some of you are married to other moms. Still,… Read More