I'm back, and I made it through my first week in the office. Thursday, in fact, was an especially busy day (we don't call it crazy Thursday for nothing; it's always our most packed day!). By the end, my miniature assistant and I were exhausted. But it was a good kind of tired, and I… Continue reading Remember Me?
Today was one of those days. One of those wonderful, glorious days when it may have looked like I did very little to edit a church bulletin or craft a brilliant sermon, but the church and the people of God were foremost on my mind. I began the day with a meeting in Barre (next… Continue reading Pastors only work on Sundays, right?
On my (still hotly contested) previous post about clergy who have lost their faith, I listed some of what I believe. I was simply trying to get it out, lest anyone think that I reject supposed orthodoxy and hold nothing in its place. But at least one reader found it lyrical, and broke it into… Continue reading Gifts and blessings
Here's how you empower kids to learn and be proud of being smart. And girls? Kids from ethnic minorities? For the win. found here: All the Scholar Ladies! or at You Tube. --- (Can anyone tell my why in the world I can never embed YouTube in WordPress? Anyone?)
Howdy, y'all, from down here in Nashville! I'm attending the United Methodist Association of Communicators' Annual Meeting (about which I will say more later), where this blog, that's right, this very one, has been awarded Best in Class for non-fiction in the local church category. No pressure there. So, on to being relevant. Today, my… Continue reading I’m not ready to *not* make nice…
When I wrote earlier about hearing the call to ministry, a few people asked about the specific moment itself. I tend not to talk about it too much, not only because people look at you funny if you say you hear voices in your head, but because sometimes it's discouraging to people who don't have… Continue reading Sometimes God speaks by slapping you upside the head.
The hardest part of discerning a call to ministry for me was believing it was possible. I was raised by parents who told me I could be anything I wanted when I grew up, so it wasn't that I didn't think the sky was the limit. And yes, I was Roman Catholic, and so I'd… Continue reading Hearing the call
I really do enjoy my job. It amazes me sometimes. Sure, it's difficult, and draining and chellenging some days. Sure, there are times when it seems like many of my days are filled with finding (and losing) paperwork, looking for prayers to go with a particular theme, and attending marathon meetings. But around that stuff,… Continue reading I have, like, the best job ever.
Mondays are my sabbath days, but that doesn't necessarily mean a day of rest. Sometimes, what really rejuvenates me is getting to do projects I love or to dream about ministry (and maybe even do a little of it, which I don't consider cheating) without being 'on the clock.' So for example, today, on my… Continue reading Day Off
Maybe a church or two on the loose, too! I don't know what it is. Maybe it's because they ordained me and now I've got an extra shot of the Spirit in me or something. Maybe it's because I took a little time off over the past couple of weeks and got more rejuvenated than… Continue reading Warning: Pastor on the Loose!