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: Connections Made and Broken

Many of our bloggers spent time this week reflecting on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, and pondering the potential for humankind to learn anything at all from this senseless tragedy. There were posts about guns and gun control, about mental illness and unbridled evil, about seeing and stereotyping, on connection and isolation. For today’s… Read More

Friday Festival: Stories to Share

Everyone has a story to share and a truth to tell.  The Breath of Life awakens stories within us, and through the writings of our friends, we are able to see how stories have taken shape and how we keep these stories alive. At Gifts in Open Hands, Maren Tirabassi expresses her desire for depth… Read More

Friday Festival: Small Routines, Big Questions

The daily activities of getting up, reading the news, eating a meal and thinking about our habits have our bloggers pondering how our ordinary routines reveal bigger truths. The Thoughtful Pastor, Christy Thomas, is getting a small glimpse of life with a disability or a pre-existing condition, and reflecting on how that changes everything about… Read More

Friday Festival: Separation and Connection

The last few weeks have seen forces of separation and division that have come at us from many directions. Some are caused by human actions meant to divide (such as the widely renounced Nashville Statement), some are accidental, while others result from forces of nature (floodwaters in India, Texas, Nepal, and Bangladesh; fires in Montana).… Read More

Friday Festival: Questions for the Church

Discernment is an important word for the Church across all generations and seasons: the work of sorting through (information, events, purposes, intentions, actions, etc.) with the Spirit’s help to understand God’s call and work. Reading our colleagues’ thoughts around the RevGalBlogPals’ blogging network can be an inventive & insightful method for generating questions for discernment… Read More

Friday Festival: The Threads We Grasp

Much has been written this week in response to the violence in Charlottesville, VA in the U.S., commenting on the events of last weekend, and reflecting on it as a moral mirror for us all.   Wise bloggers have written about learning from our racist history, the racism in our own families, and the kind of… 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: Sources of Inspiration

This week, several of our bloggers reflect on sources of inspiration in their lives. In the Southern Hemisphere, this may be the time in late winter that creates the desire to hibernate or escape until the weather has turned warmer. In the Northern Hemisphere, we’re approaching that part of summer called the “dog days” that… Read More