Spirituality for the Resistance

I have not felt like an activist in years. In truth, I’m not sure that I ever really felt like an activist even though ministry called for it. I couldn’t faithfully preach the gospel on Sunday without taking to the streets on Wednesday to advocate for that hope that had been in my words. WhileContinue reading “Spirituality for the Resistance”

10 Observations for Right Now

It seems to me that there are so many great teachers out there. It’s why TED is so popular. There are just so many people that are pulsing with wisdom and creativity. It isn’t a select few that have these great ideas but something that is shared across disciplines among all different kinds of people.Continue reading “10 Observations for Right Now”

Recipe for Gratitude

Many congregations, including the one that I am working with right now as a consultant, care for their members by putting in the mail cards full of love and support when someone has fallen ill or is bereaved. Some congregations have a committee that keeps a stock of stationary for this very purpose. Once aContinue reading “Recipe for Gratitude”

Self-Care is Not Just for Clergy

In the wake of the presidential inauguration, with the tsunami of executive orders that immediately followed, I have watched as my friends on social media have retreated. One by one, they’ve announced they are taking a break. They need to rest. Their souls must retreat.  Of course, as these posts appeared on Facebook, that peskyContinue reading “Self-Care is Not Just for Clergy”

The Rise of the Consultant 

I can’t remember when I first heard the term. I do remember how I felt about it when I heard that there was such a thing as a church consultant. It was not pleasant. I was of the impression that it wasn’t anything that a pastor couldn’t do and I was a pastor.  I knewContinue reading “The Rise of the Consultant “

Prayers for Abundant Life

Though it has been a month since I’ve been in the pulpit, and I’ve even said no to a possibility for ministry, I will be preaching again this Sunday at Gower Christian Church. It is their church that is the image above this post. I had the opportunity to serve a Disciples of Christ congregationContinue reading “Prayers for Abundant Life”

Prayer for the Election Season

Like so many others, I watched the Presidential Debate on Sunday night. I gritted my teeth and joined others in lamentation and dismay on Twitter. When the debate was nearly over, one of my friends confessed via group text that she’d drunk way more wine that she intended while watching these two presidential hopefuls on herContinue reading “Prayer for the Election Season”

Blessing of the Backpacks and Briefcases

Today social media is awash with smiling children on front porches and stoops waiting for the yellow school bus to arrive and take them off to school. It is the day after Labor Day and it is the day where everything changes in our routines. Gone is the leisure of summer. Here is the alternateContinue reading “Blessing of the Backpacks and Briefcases”

The No Plan Plan

I don’t get to my home church very much. In fact, I’ve only been for worship twice in the past year. Once was my first official visit. The next Sunday I joined as a member. Since then, I’ve been busy on Sunday mornings preaching in another congregation. Still, I love my home church. I’m proud toContinue reading “The No Plan Plan”

Recipe for Learning to Pray

Last week, I finally finished Carol Howard Merritt’s Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation. It really shouldn’t have taken me that long and it is certainly no reflection on the book. It’s me. I had three chapters back in April and then felt this overwhelming need to never read a book about churchContinue reading “Recipe for Learning to Pray”