Pastoral is Political: Stewardship of the Ideal

Today is the umpteenth who-even-knows-anymore day of the Season of COVID, during the weeks of protests for racial justice, in the days following the heart-rending, history-revealing passing of the honorable John Robert Lewis, civil rights leader and U.S. Representative from Georgia. Rep. Lewis died at the age of 80 after 65 years making “good trouble”… Read More

Worship Words for 9 August 2020 — dreams deferred

We recognise that in these times it can be difficult to find liturgical language that is up to the task — of online or physically distanced gatherings, of pandemic, of political turmoil, etc. Worship Words are here for you to use however you need them — as is, adapted, as inspiration. All of these are… Read More

Monday Prayer

Look, this day, for the tendrils of holy love to reach through the weeds and wrap themselves around what yearns for tenderness. In the thicket of busyness, amidst the buzz of chaos, the stillness of what is most essential awaits. Our hearts are full with unfolding promise, with the wounds inflicted by shards of thoughtlessness… Read More

Friday Prayer: Honoring Congressman John Lewis

Essay by Congressman Lewis here. The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Big Timber Lutheran Church (ELCA)  in Big Timber, MT. She blogs at and She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit and is President of the board of RevGalBlogPals, Inc. RevGalBlogPals encourages you to share our blog posts via email or social media. We do not grant… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Have You Understood?

When people around the world suddenly found themselves stuck at home this spring, my social media feeds mysteriously began filling with images of homemade bread. Are you one of the people who jumped on the sourdough-baking bandwagon while in quarantine? If so, you’ve got a great tangible example for this week’s sermon! “The kingdom of… Read More

Monday Prayer

O God, the proud in armies rise, And men of guile profound, Who have not thee before their eyes,Attempt my soul to wound. – Christopher Smart Holy and Gracious God, More than the prayers of my own privileged heart, I beg you to listen to the prayers of your children who will be intentionally excluded,… Read More

ordiversary party, July edition!

Happy July Ordiversaries! I am super excited about the RevGal kicking off this month’s party: the ever-fabulous Kentina Washington-Leaphart! *Tell us a bit about your journey into ministry. I began my formal journey into ministry in 2009. At that time, I had been working in the insurance industry since graduating from college. While I had… Read More