RevGalBookPals: When Kids Ask Hard Questions

You know what’s helpful? A book that aggregates resources, thoughtful writing, and spiritual support. Such a book should occupy the shelf of pastors, youth leaders, confirmation mentors, and other spiritual guides who work with children of all ages. If you have a hole in your own shelf for such a resource, I commend to you: When… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Creation is raging Children are raging Rightfully so! What will be left when things settle? Rainbows and sunshine? Bareness and despair? A clean slate? New possibilities? Nothing? God help us to hear what creation is saying to us in these times Grant us hearts to hear the urgency in the voices of our children And… Read More

The Pastoral is Political

Playing in the Fields of Hope I’ve been playing in church for a long time, mostly with children, sometimes with adults. I learned a new game, “God’s Musical Chairs,” from Jeff Doucette, pastor at Enniskillen & Tyrone United Church in Bowmanville, Ontario. We are members of an online international church called CASA. God’s Musical Chairs… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Jesus the Border Crosser

Jesus, Brother and Border Crosser, May we be your feet marching steadily, as you did, into places of fear and grief and danger. Jesus, Brother and Border Crosser May we be your hands, reaching, as you did, across imaginary lines drawn in sand. Jesus, Brother and Border Crosser, May we be your mouth, prophesying, as… Read More

Friday Prayer: In Grief

Wisdom of the Ages- You reveal the Divine Self as similar to one who lifts an infant to the cheek. (Hosea 11:4) Through the Spirit, I lift to You those whose infants are ill and struggling. I ask you see those whose adult children are dying. Show mercy to those whose houses are suddenly silent… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Parenthood Is not Punishment

I saw it again today: the argument that birth control is a way for women to have sex without consequence; that somehow single motherhood is the punishment for having a sexual relationship before marriage. Let us tease that apart a bit. First, let us acknowledge that there are women who desire to be mothers. Many… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Seamless Faith

Most of us have shelves full of complicated theology, intriguing poetry, intense narratives, and obsolete how-tos. The genuinely helpful, practical, AND simple books can often fit on one shelf. More often, these books sit on our desk or ride in our cars or sit by our beds. Into the small cadre of the useful, practical,… Read More