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

Monday Extra: Great Thanksgiving for Black History Month

God of hope and grief, God of power and strength, God of the widow and the orphan, God of the imprisoned and impoverished, God of the poor in spirit, the merciful, the mourning… God who sees the proud and arrogant, God who does not forget those who turn away from the one in need, God… Read More

Friday Prayer: I Beg

Oh, God- I beg you- do not let my heart become hardened. In the midst of grief and fear, frustration and pain, despondency and despair, I beg you- do not let my heart become hardened.   As I continue to press that Black Lives Matter, that vaginas are not second-class reproductive organs, that LGBTQ people… 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

RevGalBookPals: I’m Judging You

In the past week, I’ve struggled to finish a book, any book. I have half-read books all over the place, but they have too much plot or not enough, or I need more attention to learn from them, or I just can’t bring myself to care about the people or characters in the book. This… Read More

RevGals Anti-Racism Project: “Trouble I’ve Seen,” Week 6

Being black is draining. Blackness continues to be described pejoratively in America. Black skin in our world has been designated as a marker for all things bad. To be a black American is to have to constantly tell yourself that you are somebody, that you are made in the image of God, that you are… Read More

RevGals Anti-Racism Project: “Trouble I’ve Seen,” Week 5

You don’t normally see a lot of white people in this part of town. So of course my curiosity was piqued. The first thing I observed as I approached was that they were all wearing bright, loud, matching yellow T-shirts. They clearly didn’t want to be missed. White people were here! Drew G.I. Hart, Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing… Read More

RevGals Anti-Racism Project: “Trouble I’ve Seen,” Week 4

To break the cycle of ignorance to racism and faulty intuition, members of the dominant groups must learn to not trust their own gut, as they have been socialized outside of the life experiences of marginalized groups. Instead, they must follow our Lord, Jesus Christ, who in his own day stood in solidarity with Samaritan outcasts, vulnerable women, the… Read More

RCL: By the Rivers of Babylon

“By the rivers of Babyon—there we sat down and we wept when we remembered Zion.” This lament of the exiled Israelites is haunting. In fact, all the texts this week are haunted by lament, at least to my ears. I guess we come by the mourning of our past naturally. People of faith have been… Read More