Tuesday Prayer

Divine Wild Winds- There are times when chaos sets the world in motion, creating beauty and possibility. This chaos is from you, God. This chaos is infused with hope and love. And then chaos exists solely of hate and destruction. Through this power of evil, hate reigns and soot suffocates. The havoc creates pain and… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Being Prophetic in a New Call

Just this past week, I started a new call in my hometown.  I am ecstatic to be the senior pastor of this congregation, and they are excited for this new chapter in their church. As this is a congregation with a variety of political and theological views (like most in my denomination), I’m finding it… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

For this new chapter of my life, Divine Designer, I pray this day- For my new desk and new pens and new office, I ask for blessings. May these spaces be one in which I can bring peace into the world. For my new pulpit and new sanctuary and new flock, I give joy. May… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

God of all seasons, we continuously arrive at times of both hellos and goodbyes. Some periods are full of hellos and building acquaintances. Strangers become friends, and the unfamiliar becomes intimate. And every so often we enter a season of goodbyes. Like a blizzard which chills us, the flurry of farewells freezes our hearts. For… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Spirit of God, who hovered over creation And brought forth life from stagnancy, You gave birth to the airs of the world And the breath within our lungs. Remind us to continue to breathe when the fevers of life rise And the chills of grief descend upon us. May each deep inhalation drag down anxiety,… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Robbed of Full Humanity

Note: many of the articles linked to this article contain profanity, slurs, and triggers. In 1915, my grandfather was driven from his homeland and sentenced to die at the age of six.  His crime was being born an Armenian in Turkey. American Ambassador Henry Morganthau, Sr. asked Talaat Pasha, lead architect of the Armenian Genocide,… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

God of widening wisdom, we lift our hearts of thanksgiving for educators in all places. From schools to churches to artistic and scientific spaces, knowledge reaches new heights, allowing us to build a better world. You call us to grown in mind as well as body and soul. Through the words and wisdom of teachers,… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

God of all righteousness, as I embark upon jury duty this week, may my mind be void of distractions. May my eyes see what you need to see and hear what they need to hear. Remove biases from my head and grief from my heart. Bestow energy upon my body and may my soul feel… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

As Lent takes these final breaths, Divine Winds, remind me to breathe deeply. The shallowness of the intake of air robs my body from oxygen and peace. My anxiety levels rise as I refuse to stop and be mindful… inhaling… exhaling. My heart thumps as I recall the level of work that needs to be… Read More