About Elizabeth Nordquist

Elizabeth Nordquist is a Presbyterian pastor, teacher, and spiritual director who writes on women's issues, spirituality and Scripture, and what is happening in the world--hers, her neighborhood, the Church and the world. Each day she looks for ways in which the Spirit is moving in and around her.

Finding a Sacred Rhythm: Response to The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski

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As a spiritual director, I am always pleased to encounter a book that describes and encourages practices that deepen one’s journey of Spirit. Among seminary students I often found impatience with my stress on the necessity of grounding one’s self in spiritual practice as a starting place for ministry of any kind. One pastor of [Read More...]

Changes of Season

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I no longer measure my seasons by external calendars. For most of my life the seasons were spelled out for me by academic calendars, by church calendars, by Big Events happening in the life of people I love. But I no longer have much accountability to those calendars, and where I dwell, the seasonal changes [Read More...]

“Give Me Jesus:” A Reflection on Benjamin L. Corey’s Undiluted

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As I read Undiluted by Benjamin L. Corey, I kept hearing an old African-American spiritual in my heart:               Give me Jesus, give me Jesus,               You can have all the rest,               Give me Jesus! This book written with passion and intensity is one that evokes and echoes that longing of Spirit that followers [Read More...]

Blessing–an Active Verb!

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I know that I am blessed! Early in my life my younger brother and I were taught to sing in harmony, “Count your blessings, name them one by one!” and most of my life I have been able to, have chosen to do that, with the melody and harmony etched in my heart and soul. [Read More...]

Fragments of Faith

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In the chaos of this summer, I have pondered my faith. In the face of the unrelenting roll-out of tragedy after tragedy, grief after grief,  what do I believe that speaks to the moment, that brings help and healing to me and to those around me? What energy do I find in my faith that [Read More...]

Being Displaced

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I have been tempted to whinge and to fuss  about all the chaos that this summer has brought to my privileged life–change of service times, people traveling here and there, moving furniture, ripping up carpet, letting go of things no longer necessary to my life. My conversations with peers is often about how things are [Read More...]

Prayer for the Senses, a Book Review of A Bead and A Prayer by Kristen Vincent

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  I sit with people in a practice we call spiritual direction, in which a central question is “How can I pray?” I am by character a “Word” person, one who responds well to spoken liturgy, to written prayers, and to words that come from within my own heart ad mind. However, I sit with [Read More...]

The Accompanist

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My main identity as a teenager was that of an accompanist. In church and at school I was called on to be the one who played the piano to support the Sunday night sing of the gathered youth group, the men’s ensemble or the visiting soloist. It was an important role because, before the days [Read More...]


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