Friday Prayer: Blessed are…

Oh Lord, Blessed are the nice people, The listening people, The smiling people. Blessed are those Whose hearts break with yours, Who carry your protest signs when you give up, Who link arms in solidarity. Blessed are the exhausted people, The discouraged and broken people, The preyed-upon. And Lord, Blessed are your ministers, Your prophets… Read More

Friday Festival: Separation and Connection

This weekend many congregations will celebrate Pentecost. We will talk about God’s power to break down dividing walls, build bridges over chasms that separate us, and make connections between people who can’t imagine themselves connected. Several of our blog writers have been thinking about separation and connection in their posts this week. “This year, our… Read More

Pentecost Preacher Party

Pentecost is this weekend. It’s one of my congregation’s favorite church days, and they like to decorate boldly. We make Pentecost a “season” because we never want to take down the decorations. Will you celebrate the church’s ‘birthday’? Some congregations have birthday parties, where people bring gifts of paper towels, copy paper, coffee, or other… Read More

Ordiversary Party—June!

Today’s party is kicked off by the ever-fabulous Stephanie Anthony, a longtime RevGal who knows how to get a party started! I was one of the rare ones in my seminary class who came straight to seminary from my undergrad education, but it wasn’t something I had been planning for very long. A biology major… Read More

Saturday Prayer – Cause and Effect

I tossed a pebbleand watched as the ripple grew into a wave that surged and crested. I was already up past my knees before I knew to call it a flood. Living Water, today my prayer is only keep me afloat. Amen.   Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as pastor at Vancouver United Church of Christ… Read More