Saturday Prayer – Simple Feast

  Board. Bread. Candle. Cup. Friends. Forgiveness. Bounty. Blessing. Grace. Gratitude. Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as designated term pastor at First Congregational Church -UCC in Vancouver, Washington.  She contributed to the Revgals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit and is the author of the not-really-about-a-triathlon memoir Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a… Read More

Saturday Prayer – This is my body.

This is my body, You said, speaking of something beautiful, sacred, whole. It’s a metaphor, meaning all the good gathered together. This is my body, I said, speaking of something un-pretty, disappointing, broken. It’s a reality, meaning all the parts and pieces which propel me unsteadily through the day. This is my body, creaky and worn. And yet,… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: This is MY Body

“What do you do?” a man at a party asks, my friend (who’s party it is, tenses next to me). “I’m a minister.” My friend is a lifelong Catholic and is now a campus minister for a catholic high school, all the other friends at the party are also lifelong Catholics and teach in this… Read More