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Christmas Eve, 2009. The service was about to begin, the pews were full of churchgoers with their unlit candles and bulletins in hand. I stood up with the choir to sing the introit when my seventeen-month-old baby began to cry in the front pew, in the arms of a volunteer. I hesitated only for a […]
Here it is! My 52 Books for 52 Weeks of 2017! I challenged myself to read widely, both nonfiction and fiction. So you’ll see everything on here from theology to sociology, fantasy to romance, and children’s literature through adult.
Because this blog is read primarily by clergy and church leaders, I’ve put in a few […]
I never shared my story before.
I was twenty years old, a student studying in England for a semester abroad, traveling around Europe by myself. A great adventure in independence and resilience.
On my first day in Paris, a man followed me out of the subway station, refused to leave me alone, grabbing […]
(originally published on my personal Facebook account)
Today, as we approached the school grounds, kids were running from cars and the buses to the playground. When we got close to school, AJ took my hand, and leaned in to me. He doesn’t say much with words, but it was a moment of holiness for me.
Haven’t done one of these for a while, but a lot has happened in my life that I have not caught up my readers on!
I have been called to be the pastor of Queen Anne Baptist Church in Seattle starting June 1st! I am excited for this new ministry opportunity. Above call means that […]
We forgot about the Advent calendar, after making a big deal of it. Obviously AJ didn’t care—there are other ways to mark the season (watching Christmas movies almost every day—How the Grinch Stole Christmas has been the favorite this year). But I feel bad looking at […]
I contribute to [D]mergent on a regular basis (usually on Wednesdays). This week, I reflected on “Good Fridays, Everyday” and the recognition that the sting of death is not taken away by Easter. We still deal with loss and pain, but we live with hope. Check it out here.
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a personal blog post, so here are the Top Ten Things I’ve Been Up To:
I’ve been a busy bee writing lately!
Check out my post on Open Gathering’s Edge Pieces on “Breaking the Silence: Disability, Mental Illness and the Church.” As part of National Mental Health Awareness Week and the launch […]
I lost it twice. Broken down crying, wondering what has happened to me and my life and how in the world I can be both a mom and a minister.
I’ve got two weeks until the start of school, and then things will change, but it’s been harder than I thought this summer.
After a […]
Release Date: October 8th, 2019