Accompaniment as Emergence

I’ve been called to a ministry of accompaniment that means I have chosen to walk with one or two people or a family, serially, one after the other, to be a support for whatever it is that they are going through. To me, emergent church in the world looks like the ministry of accompaniment. Grounded in scripture, I cling to Jesus’ new commandment to love others as Jesus loves me; by this I will be known as his disciple. [John 13:34-5]In the past, our accompaniment has been to families with imm … [Read more...]

Soul Train Line

This week I leave for the first of three conferences I am working this month. I’m under-prepared for the first one, new kid on the block for the second one and probably should be working on something right now for the third one instead of writing these thoughts. In varying capacities, my job for each event could be described as “professional [read: perfect] Christian” or facilitator. In each instance I will have a microphone put in my hand, walk on stage and be expected to say something profo … [Read more...]

Palm Passion Sunday – Hosanna

What an awkward day this past Sunday was, Palm Passion Sunday. Or maybe that’s just how I feel about Palm Passion Sunday.The tumblr feed EV'RY DAY I'M PASTORIN'… imagines Palm Passion Sunday like this:<http://everydayimpastoring.tumblr.com/post/114771705131/palm-passion-sunday>That awkward blending of two things that just down seem to go together.  A shark and a horse.Is that what you think of when you think of Palm Passion Sunday?  On the one hand celebrating the trium … [Read more...]

Wilderness

 This homily was delivered as part of an ongoing Lenten Series around the themes and images of Lent.In the BeginningIn the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, she planted a garden. And the story goes that from the dirt of that garden God formed two people. At first God and the people lived as friends, co-creator in the garden, but eventually this partnership doesn’t work out. We don’t really know why, the text says something about a snake and some fruit, which feels mor … [Read more...]

If This Was the Last Thing I Could Post on the Spiritual Life

I recently gave a talk during a retreat weekend about agape, the unconditional love of God. As I prepared this talk, I realized this was the core of everything I'd ever want to say about God and the life of faith up to this point in my life. Here is a modified version of what I shared.Agape is the unconditional love and acceptance of God. It has saved me and continues to save me. I’m going to be vulnerable and honest about some of my journey and share how the love of God has brought healing i … [Read more...]

Revolution, Evolution or Good Disagreement?

This post is prompted by a number of things that have left me pondering how as Christians we are to bring about change in our churches. When we strongly believe in an issue of justice and yet find that opposed. It is one thing to fight for justice against a government or institution, but what if the struggle is within your own institution? Indeed among the very people who share the faith that inspires our desire to see change? When those we oppose are our brothers and sisters in that faith? The … [Read more...]

Sway- a poem for your March Day

Happy March.Here's a poem for you. SWAY I like talking in tongues, painting in acrylic, petting my dog in the warm sun of midday,serving the poor, being the hands and feet, and following that Jesus Way. I cuss some, and moonshine is alright,I sound like a sailor and I read my bible by the candlelight, Sometimes in the cool of day, you can find me on my front port-SWAY SWAY SWAYsitting in the swing, … [Read more...]

Not So Pinterest Perfect

I am a mess.I'll take "This is not news" for 500, Alex.But for real, though, my life is absolute chaos.I run between being a full-time seminary student, a part-time web designer, a writer, a wife, a mom-to-be, and what feels like eight million other things during every moment of my life. And I have a feeling this isn't exceptional--most of you probably feel the same way.And yet, for some inconceivable notion, I have a Pinterest account.Why? WHY?!? Why do SO MANY of us think t … [Read more...]

here and now

 This year started out with a sense of possibility. I had friends stay over from Argentina, it had been 15 years of not sharing a meal together. We shared a year together as missionaries in Bogotá in 1998, we shared so much more, we were revolutionaries - “guerrilleros” for Christ. We had small kids and had no boundaries and how far we would go to share Christ as we knew him. Late nights every night, gave so much more than money or time. This movement went through huge chan … [Read more...]

#MakeItHappen – Gender Equity for Women and Girls

Today is International Women's Day, and this year's theme is "Make It Happen."The women from my Berkeley Women's Group have been celebrating International Women's Day annually since before I joined them in 1971. I moved away in 1975 and have made it back rarely since then, but Suzann, our convener, has called me every year on March 8th to remind me that I am one of them, remembered and loved. Sisterhood is like that.I first became aware of the Women's Movement in its 1960's iteration as a … [Read more...]