RevGalBookPals: White Spaces Missing Faces

I am writing today from Big Timber, Montana, which was built on land inhabited by Niitsítpiis-stahkoii ᖹᐟᒧᐧᐨᑯᐧ ᓴᐦᖾᐟ (Blackfoot / Niitsítapi ᖹᐟᒧᐧᒣᑯ), Apsaalooké (Crow), Cheyenne, and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ peoples. It’s been a few months since I put a book review up here. First off, I want to acknowledge that many people have had difficulty reading… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Come Before Winter

“Do your best to come before winter.” 2 Tim 4:21 You may be wondering why, just days before the summer solstice, I’m thinking about winter. In my hometown church growing up in Monticello, Arkansas, every year our pastor would preach his “Come Before Winter” sermon.  I was little, going to worship between age 5 and… Read More

Saturday Prayer: Brokenness

Holy One, We are struggling, and the weight of loss and grief is breaking us. The waves of injustice upon injustice, violence upon violence are drowning our hearts. We pour out our questions of “why’s” and “why not’s”. We look for answers within our own understanding and experience… and there is nothing. We have chosen… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Resurrection Courage

Last Wednesday, April 4th, I had the privilege of taking part in a silent prayer walk through the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. It was my first time there. I was filled with mixed yet deep emotion being there on that day, especially. This silent sojourn was both a commemoration of Dr. King’s… Read More

In our space: a statement from the President of RevGalBlogPals

RevGalBlogPals includes clergywomen, members of religious orders, and women discerning a call to Christian ministry, as well as supportive clergy and lay people. Our online settings, from this blog to Facebook, also include men as well as people who do not identify as either male or female. Our criteria for membership are 1) support of… Read More

RevGalBookPals: The Hate U Give

This is the book: The Hate U Give.  The picture is linked. You can buy the book today. You can be finished with it by Saturday. At the latest. And when you’re finished, you will have read a powerful first-person fictional narrative about a 16-year-old named Starr who is in the car when a police officer… Read More

RevGals Anti-Racism Project: Intentional Reformation

I was born in 1954, in northeast Ohio, the same year as Brown v. Board of Education. My school district integrated with little fanfare, or so it seemed to me, by the time I was in middle school. I think my early understanding of race was mixed up in my privileged understanding of vocational and… Read More

RevGals Anti-Racism Project: Waking Up White, Week 7

Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. – Jesus, John 8:32 The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable. – James A. Garfield Denial of white privilege (or any privilege) is putting your social comfort over your neighbor’s ability to live in truth. – Julia Seymour… Read More

RevGals Anti-Racism Project: Waking Up White, Week 6

I caught this Pokemon the other day with my son. The thing that I noticed was its attack/defense moves are transform and struggle. In the game, I could not really care less about these things (don’t tell my kid, please!), but the idea of these as primary motions made a connection in my brain with Debby Irving’s… Read More

RevGals Anti-Racism Project: Waking Up White, week 4

“People were good. My family was good. I was good, right?” Here we have the crux of the problem that white people have with racism. We have been taught that racism is bad…but we are not bad people, and the people we know are not bad people, so therefore we cannot be racist. In chapter… Read More