Why I Give to RevGalBlogPals – #GivingTuesday2018

Giving Tuesday 2018 is here, and I have already named in my mind and heart the organizations I will support on this day. For some, I will write and mail checks. It makes me happy that others make it wonderfully simply to give on-line.  Yes, on Giving Tuesday, 2018, I will make an on-line gift… Read More

Narrative Lectionary:  A Rallying Cry (Joshua 24:1-15 [16-26])

I have participated in lots of rallies, marches, demonstrations, and protests over the years.  This is what this week’s text reminds me of.  Read it here. Like Joshua standing in front of the gathered people, moving stories are told. Lived experiences are shared. Rallying speeches are given.  At every crowd gathering—call to actions are made… Read More

Thursday Prayer: for mechanics and musicians

For mechanics and musicians we give you grateful thanks; For street-sweepers and statisticians we give you grateful thanks; For receptionists and researchers we give you grateful thanks; For bakers and candle-makers we give you grateful thanks; For bus drivers and baristas we give you grateful thanks; For planners and pattern-makers we give you grateful thanks;… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: But Thomas

“But Thomas,” this phrase sticks with me. Poor Thomas was the exception, the one who missed it. Maybe that makes sense though. It was Thomas who was the first one willing to risk going back to Judea, even tho they tried to stone him the last time he was there John 11: 7-16. No one… Read More

RCL: Foolishness, Wisdom, and Community

Usually, Lent calms me. I realize that it’s okay, even necessary, to acknowledge my brokenness, my sharp edges, my weak places, and my overall need for God’s power and presence. It’s not working this year. Maybe because I have stopped trying to cover over or ignore those parts of me that aren’t so pretty or… Read More

The Ministry of RevGalBlogPals: worth every penny

I have been a member of RevGalBlogPals almost since the beginning. From a couple dozen friends reading each other’s blogs, through a centralised website where we shared ideas, to conferences and other continuing education events, to a facebook group of over 5,000…RGBP has been a crucial part of my life for my whole ministry. At… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary:  The You are Holy (so act like it) Edition

Pick a text, any text, this week and we’re confronted with who we are and how we are to be in this world. It can be a celebratory experience – we are holy because God is holy! And it can be a humbling experience – do we really love our neighbors as ourselves? In Deuteronmy… Read More

Friday Prayer: Sobriety

Holy Parent- Look with kindness and mercy on your beloved children who are wrestling with sobriety and freedom from addictions. We pour out our appeal for those who are in their first year, day, hour, minute of hope. We ask for you to give them strength and renewed courage. We lift up those around them… Read More

Meet-n-Greet: fall colors edition

The fall colors are nearly gone here, thanks to a week of wind and rain–but there are still some gorgeous bright spots where you can see the progression of the season, even on one branch. It’s almost as if some of these trees and bushes took the fall-back hour and made it a fall-back week….they’re… Read More