Pandemic Fireside Prayers for Christmas

There are other things that might be done on Christmas Eve. I have a few options in my kitchen for your pandemic planning. This might not be that. It could be. You know your people best and what might work to best share this good news but I imagined this service for the days afterContinue reading “Pandemic Fireside Prayers for Christmas”

When Twitter Inspires a Story that You Haven’t Told in a Long While

It was only two days ago that #imnotgoingtochurchbecause was trending on Twitter. I read through the whole feed. Or, at least, I read through some of it. It was hard not to noticed the number of hurts that the church has caused and paid attention to the opposing 140 characters that beseeched the powers that be atContinue reading “When Twitter Inspires a Story that You Haven’t Told in a Long While”

Subtle Stories of Racial Change for White Churches

I was so excited to see this in my Facebook newsfeed today. Erin Wathen offers some advice to congregations that aren’t all on the same page about marriage equality. This sage pastor recognizes that struggle in some congregations even if it’s not an issue in her own. She knows — as well as I do —Continue reading “Subtle Stories of Racial Change for White Churches”

The Stories Civilians Need to Hear

In the short story “War Stories” in Phil Klay’s Redeployment, there is this moment of internal thought that pauses the narrative. In the middle of two battle buddies trying to get laid by their stories, there is this moment of reflection. The day before, when he’d asked me to come, I’d told him that if heContinue reading “The Stories Civilians Need to Hear”

Bridging the Civilian-Military Divide

Just recently, Time Magazine published an article entitled Bridging the Civilian-Military Divide With Stories. I love stories thought as I eagerly clicked on the article. Because I want — more than anything — to figure out how to bridge this divide. For so many years, I’ve been a pacifist. That fact hasn’t changed. I’m still aContinue reading “Bridging the Civilian-Military Divide”