Friday Festival: These Writing Women

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… Read More

Open Letter and Call to Action: #ChooseAccountability

UPDATED TO ADD: Read Carnival’s disappointing response here. On Sunday, January 6th 2019 a group of 63 female clergy, ministers, and community leaders from around the world embarked on an 8-day cruise aboard the Carnival Magic. While the trip was designed to provide space for fellowship and professional development for women engaged in Christian ministry,… Read More

Wednesday Prayer: For all the things

For all the things yet to be done, for all the bulletins being proofed, and the office staff running them, for the final versions (and belated first drafts) of meditations and prayers invoking light, imagining peace, or agitating for change, for the figures of Baby Jesus so well-and-carefully hidden we cannot find them, (check the… Read More

Why I Give to RevGalBlogPals – #GivingTuesday2018

Giving Tuesday 2018 is here, and I have already named in my mind and heart the organizations I will support on this day. For some, I will write and mail checks. It makes me happy that others make it wonderfully simply to give on-line.  Yes, on Giving Tuesday, 2018, I will make an on-line gift… Read More

RevGalBookPals: A Gracious Heresy

I’ve heard the story from my Presbyterian colleagues about the Rev. David Bailey Sindt, who stood up at the 1974 General Assembly with a sign that read, “Is anybody else out there gay?” Other mainline denominations have their semi-famous gay icons, but what of the gay and lesbian people who took their own stands on less-remembered… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: How brave are we?

Yesterday, I sat in a pew at worship, in that strange position that I occupy these days as a mostly non-preaching preacher. My wife had scrapped her planned stewardship kick-off sermon to reflect the events of the week, naming how hard it can be to welcome the stranger and be a neighbor to all while… Read More