Saturday Prayer – City Prayer

The city is terrible, of course. Too much concrete and not enough trees. The houseless suffer and the wealthy prosper. Nazis, who don’t even bother to be neo anymore, walk the streets unbothered. And don’t even get me started on the traffic, God. And yet, sometimes, when the sun is setting, and her lines are… Read More

Help Us Build a Big Event

Beginning in 2008, RevGalBlogPals has offered a Big Event (BE) every year. Big Events are intentionally planned to include continuing education, collegiality, and respite. The planning process for Big Event 2021 is already under way! To help guide our work, we invite your input on what is important to you regarding continuing education decisions, as… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Dishonest Ethics?

Does anyone claim this week’s parable as their favorite? I would be surprised. It is difficult to discern why Jesus would praise the devious actions of a person who cheated his employer. Though, on the other hand, the character in the parable is a slave, and he is cheating the slave owner. Maybe it’s helpful… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Showing Compassion While Respecting Pastoral Boundaries

There’s formal “Boundary Training” for pastors, and then there are the real-life boundary tests that pop up along the way. Here’s one: Dear Matriarchs, I’m pastoring a tiny church (as in 18 members). There’s a family who were very active and beloved before I came who have now moved away. Because of their love for… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Leading Worship in the Midst of Grief

One of our colleagues is facing a most difficult return to her pulpit Sunday. How does a pastor approach a worship service that meets her needs, her congregation’s and is faithful to the work of worship? Dear Women in Ministry, I am a second career, ordained for 6 years and in the same small church… Read More

Ask the Matriarch:What to tell (and not tell) the Search Committee

A pastoral search is an exercise in mutual vulnerability as pastor-to-be and her potential new congregation get to know one another. How much will each reveal to the other about the difficult things as they discern God’s call? Dear Matriarchs: I am in the search process (PCUSA), and anticipating interviews. I know that search committees… Read More