The Pastoral Is Political: The First Pride Was a Riot

As Alicia T. Crosby reminded RevGals last week, the first pride was a riot. In her beautiful description of being a barrier between hate speech and pride celebrations, Crosby asks us about how we assure safe space for LGBTQ+ folx: How are you positioning yourself between people experiencing oppression and those calling for and actively… Read More

Big Event 2020: From Vision to Action – Registration Open!

Register now for RevGalBlogPals Big Event 2020: From Vision to Action, where three outstanding clergywomen will share their stories and help participants explore how a vision for ministry becomes action in the world. Our week will include worship, plenary sessions, breakout and affinity groups; options for yoga, coaching, and spiritual direction; free time, social activities,… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Holy Translator

The Holy Spirit is an amorphous being. One who is compared to wind and fire. The one who comes down with the waters of baptism onto us, earthly, dirt-made humans. Through the Holy Spirit we have furthered our understanding of who God is to us. The Holy Spirit is an “advocate” the “Spirit of Truth”… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: How To #MakeLoveLouder In Protest and Pride

How are you positioning yourself between people experiencing oppression and those calling for and actively engaging in their subjugation? How are you reflecting and affirming the sacred beauty present in those experiencing marginalization?
I ask these questions because I think it’s necessary for us to consider how we are physically, materially, and politically oriented as ministers of the Gospel of Jesus. Read More

Saturday Prayer – Cause and Effect

I tossed a pebbleand watched as the ripple grew into a wave that surged and crested. I was already up past my knees before I knew to call it a flood. Living Water, today my prayer is only keep me afloat. Amen.   Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as pastor at Vancouver United Church of Christ… Read More