The Pastoral is Political: What will the church say to #MeToo?

It’s because my daughter told me a story yesterday about an older boy who insisted on touching her back to “help her” up some stairs at school. And he continued to do it after she told him she didn’t need help. It’s because there are men at the church I serve who insist on hugging… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Undomesticated Violence

When I was growing up, my mother gave out occasional relationship advice. One piece she felt was worth repeating on the regular: “Never marry a man who raises his hand to you.” Note the euphemism; raising a hand is what we did in the classroom to answer a question or to be excused. Still, it… Read More

Faith and Illness: Sabbath, being still, and chronic illness

I write this from my bed, recovering from my second surgery in a year for endometriosis.  I function pretty well most of the time, save for the week or 10-12 days per month that I am in crippling pain.  Endometriosis is a nasty disease in which uterine tissue grows outside the uterus and attaches itself to… Read More

RevGalBlogPals Renounces the Nashville Statement

Christian orthodoxy is a broad umbrella, but there is no room therein for hatred, diminishment, or rejection of lesbian, gay, trans, bi, queer, asexual, or other people whose lives and bodies are neither cis-gendered nor heterosexual, but are definitely “fearfully and wonderfully made” in the image of a Divine Self who is most certainly more… Read More

Our Spiritual Disciplines: Routines of the House

Growing up, my mom and dad always insisted on Saturday morning that my sister and I would help them clean the house before we got to do anything we called fun. Though it wasn’t meant to be punishment, it sure felt like it. I would regularly complain: “Why can’t I watch cartoons like my other… Read More

Our Spiritual Disciplines: Pinteresting

The most fulfilling spiritual practice in this season of my life developed unintentionally. As Pinterest became a part of the zeitgeist, I thanked the heavens that I had just exchanged my marriage vows. Those creative ideas that appeared charming online could only lead to headache and a shame spiral if I attempted them. I’d tried… Read More

Our Spiritual Disciplines: Photography

I was introduced to photography as a spiritual practice or discipline while participating in Spiritual Director’s training in 2013 and since then it has become an integral and essential part of my life in all kinds of ways: social, family, ministry and especially spiritually. I ‘see’ differently, there are times when I see my surroundings… Read More