Narrative Lectionary: Permission to Lament (Ruth 1:1-17)

Lament has been on my mind quite a bit lately. I carry it deep within my heart and right on the edge from where my tears pool. I feel it in my spirit, in the tightness of all of my muscles and within the stiffness of my too often clenched jaw. Maybe it’s because I… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: “Are y’all queer?”

My straight sister-in-law shared a meme on Facebook the other day, asking people to name their first gay bar, as a sign of solidarity with the victims and survivors of the Pulse shooting. She used to work at Disney as a performer; her first was the Parliament House in Orlando, Florida. A confession: I’ve never… Read More