The Pastoral Is Political: Holy Anger

Let’s talk about that dirty “A” word the Church so often dislikes… In the Church, we try to avoid “anger” like that mask-less person on the train who will just not stop coughing. I’ll never forget when I was in my first year of college and attended a retreat that was put on by the… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Divine Source of All Peace, How stormy our lives become from time to time. From the losses and trauma, to the questions that plague our minds. These tempests rage, causing us to lose our footing. We fall, hoping to rise with hope when the storm passes. As the storms of chaos surround us, may your… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Palm Sunday

So here we are! Jesus makes his approach to Jerusalem; the crowds go wild! Tree branches are waved and laid; small children run along in excitement… You may be beginning in-person worship after the lockdown – this is very possible in Scotland as our restrictions are lifted a little from Friday. You may already be… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Holy One, Oh why can’t I be like the sower in the parable- ready to throw seeds everywhere, throwing caution to the wind allowing my perfectionism to drift away in the breeze. Divine Gardener, why can’t I be like the sower- inspired to try instead of allowing my inner voice of insecurity to hold me… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Oh the disappointment are piling up, God. From the musical tickets, To weddings, To the vacation up north this summer. Fill our hearts feeling empty by sorrow. Fill our worried souls with peace. May we find our tomorrows filled with joy- Even in the wilderness. Amen. ***** The Rev. Michelle L. Torigian is the Senior… 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

The Pastoral is Political: Hope in a Pandemic

On Monday, March 16, my grandmother fell in her care center, and her health declined quickly that day.  Due to covid-19, her care center was on lockdown and would not allow outside visitors to ensure that residents do not catch the virus.  While I completely understand this lockdown was necessary for the sake of all… Read More