Ask the Matriarch: A Church Zoom Group’s Level of Inclusion

While we are not gathering in person, are you introducing online platforms for facilitating congregational community? This week’s question reminds us that in-person dynamics can easily migrate to the new venues. Greetings, Matriarchs! In my small congregation are several women who are all good friends, which is fine. There are times, however, that they are… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Healing God, boost our collective immune system, we pray, so that we might fight off thoughtless prejudice, self-centeredness, easy blame, and using old tropes to soothe new fears.  Ramp up our spiritual immunity, and defend us from despair.  Engage our emotional defenses, building strong hearts and healthy minds.  Give us, we ask, antibodies to the… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Mystery Gifts (Acts 3:1-10)

At the big intersection near my home, four gentlemen have divided up the corners.  In their system, each of them asks for money on only one corner. Three of the four work their corners most days, but even when someone is missing for a day, no one takes over his corner.  Each man works a… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Are We Really Ready to Open Back Up???

After watching videos of protesters in Lansing, Michigan and other videos and comments of people around the state and country demanding our country to reopen, I noticed my anxiety creeping up.  Will their voices be loud enough to be taken seriously by the Powers That Be?  Or do the Powers That Be already have their… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Jesus and the Scribe Stand Several Feet Apart to Converse (Mark 12:28-44)

Assume positive intent, thoughtful people advise, when reading emails.  It’s hard to understand someone’s tone of voice from the words on the screen. Even when – or especially when – we know them well.  Perhaps it’s hardest with someone we know, or think we know.  We add the weight of all our previous interactions to… Read More