Narrative Lectionary: Called to Decolonize (Genesis 12:1-9)

Later this month will mark the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico as its 3.3 million residents still reeled from the impact of the often forgotten Hurricane Irma which hit the island just two weeks before. As I type these words, I whisper the name Raúl Pagán, my father’s cousin—que en… Read More

Wits’ Ends Day: New Year’s Resolutions (for other people)

I was too busy throwing up my peppermint fudge brownie sundae (and whatever else I had eaten ever in my life) to make new year’s resolutions last week. But that’s OK. I’d be breaking them by now anyway. A couple of years ago I made some resolutions for failure in the new year—which worked out… Read More

Biblical Investments

I recently heard about “Biblically Responsible Investing.” My partner, who is not a pastor, and therefore not as cynical as I am, thought that such investment portfolios might be concerned with basic biblical principles like immigrant justice, anti-racism, alleviating poverty, and protecting the environment. “Nope,” I said. “I bet its all about being against abortion… Read More

There’s a Feminist in the Book of Genesis

I am a seventies baby. I was born in 1970 and I heard, read and experienced a lot around civil rights, women’s rights, feminism, glass ceilings, etc. I was raised in a middle class community where my family was clearly the minority. My elementary and high schools were comprised of kids from my community, predominately… Read More

The Pastoral is Political – On Being an Outsider at the OB/GYN and in the Sanctuary

The OB/GYN is not always a happy place where dreams come true. Sometimes, it’s where people discover extremely devastating news or where their baby dreams turn into infertility nightmares. Read More

Wits Ends Day: Guide Me, O, Thou Great Bible

I’ve been intrigued lately by an idea that seems quite prevalent among some Christians. As one hip and flashy church web site puts it: “The Bible is our guidebook for living. It is a road map; it’s an instruction manual.” I mean, extra credit for correctly using a semicolon and the correct form of “it’s.”… Read More