Friday Festival: It’s Been a Week . . .

How to respond?  Four possibilities: Every day – every single day – I wonder about church, the who what where when why and how of church. Laura Marie of Everyday Christianity suggests that we think of church as a verb. Huh. Are we bringing hope?  That’s the question Jan Edmiston asks in achurchforstarvingartists. We are… Read More

Friday Festival: Moments Shimmering with Kingdom Love

Waking up to a deep sense of foreboding each morning, and feeling the weight of ministry in the face of world and national events, I find myself seeking out those small experiences of encounter with the holy which give us a glimpse of something beyond the political, the tweeting, the floodwaters, and the bodies lying… Read More

Friday Festival: Beginnings and Endings

It’s that beginnings and endings time of year again.  In my own extended family, I’m watching babies arriving and children starting school while saying good-bye yet again to almost-family members returning to England.  And around the blog ring . . . . I’ve just gotten started with a new congregation, and so I was delighted… Read More

Friday Festival: August Potpourri

Well, it’s August, and the eclipse is coming, along with the end of summer rush to get away and to prepare for fall beginnings.  August always feels like such a random month to me and so . . . a random potpourri of posts:​ Knowing that “good people can be clueless,” Jan in achurchforstarvingartists writes… Read More

Friday Festival: All Connected!

This week, reminders that we come from a variety of places and points of view abound in the blog ring. This one cracked me up when it appeared first in my feedly on Thursday: In Tales from the Great Adventure, Derek urges us to stop bashing millennials and help them fix the world instead! No,… Read More

Our Spiritual Disciplines: Walking

Solvitur ambulando.  It is solved by walking. ~ Variously attributed to Diogenes and to Augustine. I was a small child when I absorbed the connection between walking and spirituality.  A short gravel drive connected our house to that of my grandparents’ – my first regular walk, no doubt seemingly a long one for short legs.  Destination?… Read More

Friday Festival: Nevertheless, She Persisted

A number of our bloggers have been focusing on injustices in the church and the world.     In Dirty Sexy Ministry, Laurie places before us an image from the Jackson, Mississippi Woolworth’s lunch counter in 1963 and asks us whether we could persist and could pray in the face of such an evil assault? Now… Read More