About Becca

I’m an ordained elder in the New England Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and on an exciting journey of faith and ministry. I’ve discovered that I’m most fulfilled when I am co-creating something, whether it’s a blog, a church program, or a family. Welcome to a space where I share my thoughts, my sermons, and little observations from a young, progressive, fallible pastora.

As of July 2014, I am now the pastor of Lebanon United Methodist Church in Lebanon, New Hampshire.  Still learning the ropes and adjusting to life “upside-down” — New Hampshire is a visual flip from my previous home state, Vermont — I’m excited to serve in this vital, reconciling congregation, and reach out together in service in the Upper Valley region and beyond.

I previously served at Trinity United Methodist Church in Montpelier, Vermont (where I was also co-founder and president of a local non-profit organization, Just Basics, Inc.), Grace United Methodist Church in Plainfield, Vermont, and at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Castleton-on-Hudson, New York.

I’m a dreamer, a loving soul, a seeker of justice, wrangling kids and church in community. My calling in life is to live as my authentic and spiritual self, while advocating for justice and sustainability in the local, global, and online communities. That, and messing with broken, stuck systems.

The title of my blog comes from a hymn by Julian B. Rush, “In the Midst of New Dimensions,” a favorite hymn of mine from the United Methodist Hymnal supplement, The Faith We Sing (2000), emphasizing God’s presence with us on life’s journey.

God of rainbow, fiery pillar, leading where the eagles soar, we your people, ours the journey, now and ever, now and ever, now and evermore.

You can also interact with me in other places on the web. Visit me at:

WYSIWYG disclaimer: Here on this blog, as well as in my real life, what you see is certainly what you get, and I’m nothing if not authentic. Yes, that means that sometimes I wear my heart on my sleeve, and my snot on everyone else’s. As I said in a post about the purpose of this blog, I do consider it part of my ministry to be so transparent in my humanness that people can’t help but think, “well if God can use *that*, then maybe God can use me too!”  For this reason, I may not always be orthodox or what people expect. All I ask is that comments remain civil and constructive. I reserve the right to change, edit, or delete any post or comment at my discretion.

What do I believe? It’s hard to put into words and leave unchanged, but here’s a post where I outline a lot of it, and here’s a sort of creed I wrote once.

I believe in God who created and creates with love, grace, and justice, who cares for each individual creature deeply, and calls and empowers us all to a new vision wherein, with God’s help, we heal our broken relationship with God, each other and God’s world.
I believe in Jesus the Christ, the Word of God incarnate: in his life, he taught us the message of God’s love and the vision of God’s realm, a radical message of inclusion and faith for which he was willing to die; in his death, he embodied true love of and true faith in us and God, thus making possible the restoration of our broken divine-human covenant relationship; in his resurrection, he liberated us from suffering and death, healing the rift between God and humanity, and making possible the promise of eternal life with God.
I believe in God’s Spirit, present in the life of the church and of individual persons, communicating throughout history the gospel of God’s love, and inviting all people into God’s grace. I believe that all of God’s creation, human, animal, and earthly, is an expression of God’s very self, can be a revelation of God’s Spirit, and must be reverenced as God’s own, as “the least of these.”

An Unorthodox Ecclesiology

(something I wrote once about what the Conference and the church is to me)

Yeah, I bit off a bit more than I could chew, responsibility wise, this Conference session. But I’m in a place where that’s okay, where people understand, where we all have times when we over-commit because we love God and we love what we do and we love to give a gift, and where we all are there for one another, laughing and crying and getting silly and dreaming about the future. We all have moments when we need one another, when we can’t stand on our own, and from that shared experience, be it exhaustion or grief (or public tipsiness?) we make no judgment, just walk each other back to where we belong.

You want to know what I think The Church is? Read that previous paragraph again.

15 Responses

  1. Holy smokes, you’re right. I’ve even thought about pursuing ordination. Good to meet you!

  2. i’ve rolled you into the methoblog aggregator becca. so watch out for more of us crazies. shalom, -gav

  3. Great minds think alike with site-design, eh? Great stuff here, love the worship design!

  4. Becca, the desireof my heart for you is that God’s ‘will be done’ in your ministry and in your family.

    TRUST God with EVERYTHING!

  5. Hey Becca –

    I just happened upon your “Seekers at the Tomb” monologue of Thomas mp3 online while looking for Thomas monologues for my actor-brother to perform after Easter. I liked what I heard! Do you have the monologue in doc form that you’d be willing to share (with credit given, of course)?

    Peace,
    Beth

  6. Hi, Becca. I love what you are writing. Thanks for the wonderful and smart write-up on Enough by Adam Hamilton. I was honored to work on that project and am glad it’s reaching people.

  7. Appreciate your statement of what you say about inclusion for all in God’s grace. Have been trying to soften up a conservative UMC church, western ny. as laity grandpa that teaches OT and NT with Cokesbury Uniform series lessons. Thanks for you good blog

  8. Thank you so much for existing. My suburban adolescents are at their wits’ end living sensibly in an over-the-top-affluent community. When I searched “cultivating contentment ” you appeared. Hallelujah ! They have a sense of their blessedness as 21st century American girls, but sometimes the path is grinding. We support Compassion children, serve in church, try to love each other and our neighbors (!!) but sometimes we just wish the Lord Jesus would drop in downtown, sprinkle a little fire & brimstone and holler “GET A LIFE !!”

  9. Hi Becca,
    I plan to be with you at Trinity this Saturday. Your church site is wonderful and your blog is truly “you.” I look forward to hearing your stories and the march of the Lord’s spirit through your ministry.
    Peace,
    Paul

  10. just curious: how can you be a native but not a real vermonter? at one point does one feel they belong here? :-)

    • I’ve lived in Vermont since I was two (with the exception of my time in college, grad school, and first job– a total of 11 years). I’m told you need to have at least 2 generations of Vermonter ancestors before you can be considered a “true” Vermonter!

      However, I totally belong here. :)

  11. Hi Becca! Hopefully it’s ok to post this here. Mike Morrell and I really appreciate your blog, and think you’d be an excellent candidate for our Speakeasy Blogger Network. Do you like to review off-the-beaten path faith, spirituality, and culture books? Speakeasy puts interesting books in your hands at no charge to you. You only get books when you request them, and it’s free to join. Sign up here, if you’d like: http://thespeakeasy.info

    You’re not on any contact lists, I promise; if you don’t respond, that’s it, and the invitation is open as long as you’re actively blogging. Hope you join us!

  12. Was doing a random internet search to find hymns for this Sunday’s bulletin. Not sure why your blog was a hit, but your name struck me. My parents (Bruce & Cindy Stowe) visited your church from time-to-time when you were in Castleton. Small world.

  13. Confused by the inconsistencies

  14. Hello, Becca! Mike Morrell asked me to contact you because he really appreciates your blog and thinks you’d be an excellent candidate for his Speakeasy Blogger Network. Do you like to review off-the-beaten path faith, spirituality, and culture books? Speakeasy puts interesting books in your hands at no charge to you. You only get books when you request them, and it’s free to join. Sign up here, if you’d like: http://thespeakeasy.info

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