The Pastoral Is Political: Where’s the Village?

“Well, honey, do you think this work is making a difference?” I ask my daughter, Lucy.  As a college student in New York, her part-time job is to be a Democracy Coach for high school students.  Twice a week, she travels to Harlem on the bus to meet with the students, under the wise eye… Read More

Friday Festival: God Pops Up in the Questions

As the November days grow short, and the light wanes, our bloggers are listening for God, and are asking God – and the rest of us – thoughtful questions. The cold and dark are inspiring Connie Tuttle to think about the gifts of Advent, which mirror the gifts of other shadowy seasons.  “We begin to… Read More

Friday Festival: Right Here

Our bloggers are offering their thoughts from the places they are.  Whether it’s the season, or a challenge, or the hospital, each of them is writing from “right here, right now” this week. Stuck.  The word sounds like the feeling.  Elizabeth Hagan is reflecting on what to do when we feel stuck.  Thinking about her… Read More

Friday Festival: Displaced

Our bloggers are talking about the experience of being displaced, moved out of the familiar into something new.  Life moves us into new places and routines, or God can call us into a holy displacement.   It’s a mystery gift that involves discomfort as we move toward something different.  Other times it’s just painful. As relationships… Read More

Friday Festival ~ It’s Still Summer!

In some ways, it’s been too fast (vacations speed by) and in some ways too slow (the heat does not speed at all), but it ~ Summer ~ is not over yet.  And we are walking and remembering and unwinding and caretaking and assessing. I’ve done what Michelle Francl of Quantum Theology notes is wise,… Read More