Women Sticking Together


 When I first started studying women and the church, it became very clear that this is never a one way topic. It seems throughout history that every time women take two steps forward toward equality and fair treatment, they get pushed back at least one step, and sometimes if feels like two or three. As of the present, gender equality is not something that is achieved and then remains intact, but is something that we must continually work to keep at the front of our consciousness. While … [Read more...]

Calling God “She” — It’s Just Another Pronoun!

"She" - Digital Image by Marg Herder

Many people believe (even at a subconscious level) that to refer to God using female pronouns is just plain wrong, if not heresy.I am constantly amazed at the linguistic contortions people will go through to make the point that, while God is not male or female, we still must use male pronouns to refer to “Him.” Other writers assert that God is spirit, not gendered in any sense of the term, but they still use “He” and “His” exclusively throughout their argument.  (Google “Is God male?” to see … [Read more...]

God in a Mushroom


What can a mushroom teach us about God? The building I work in has rows of peace lilies and palms growing indoors. It's a beautiful part of the building, a conference center, full of natural light and open space. There's a caretaker who, twice a week or so, tends to the plants, watering them, trimming away dead leaves, et cetera. One day, though, I noticed he missed a sizable mushroom:At first, I didn't think much of it, but as I walked away, it stuck with me. I came to the conclusion … [Read more...]

Inevitable: the death of news as we know it


Sometimes, I just think in poetry. Today is such a day. Sometimes, when I spend a lot of time on social media, soaking in what others say, and sharing what I've read and viewed, this is how the thoughts come out. Life is often too heavy to engage head on. Some of us make it our life's work to rage at the sun on other people's behalf. It's hard to see clearly through the tears. Ephemeral is what life feels like when contemplating the greater scheme of things. . . Inevitable is a condition I find … [Read more...]

Slave to Love

When did this happen?  She felt like an overcooked porkchop...Where was her essence, flavor or juiciness for life?  Curiosity dried up;  just a slave to lists, responsibilities and have to's.  When had she last danced a samba naked, wild  pulsating heart matching a sultry bassline?  Her heart restless and  bones dry, she desired passion and tenderness whether in the forest alone or beneath the covers with her lover. She had read in 1 corinthians 12:21 The eye cannot say to the hand, I don't … [Read more...]

The Ballad of Ruth and Naomi

The following is a sermon I delivered at Church of the Common Table  as one of three reflections on the book of Ruth in conversation with the Syrian refugee crisis. To read those, and other brilliant musings, visit our Tumblr.   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Earlier this week, while riffling through the Pandora’s box of chaos that is our Tupperware drawer, I came across an … [Read more...]

The Cost of Changing Faith

Faith changes have a lot in common with building IKEA furniture.

An ongoing discussion I keep stumbling into is how people are dealing with changes in their faith. Whether through a church transition, personal challenge, or a change in the direction of life, faith is continually growing and transitioning. These transitions are challenging because things that seemed secure are now more fluid. There are periods of calm, where it feels more settled, and moments where the foundations are shaking and we’re not sure which way to go. This can be a very lonely p … [Read more...]

Is it all right for white people to participate with Black Lives Matter?

Black Lives Matter is  call for white and non-Black people of color to show up for racial justice.

Recently, someone asked me a question about the participation of white people in the Black Lives Matter movement: Is it cultural appropriation? Thank you for asking, friend.White people have a call to heed when it comes to Black Lives Matter, but it is worthwhile to examine exactly what that means. It means being willing to start at a place of being supportive of Black leadership without having to set an agenda and take charge. Specifically, showing up for Black Lives Matter is not … [Read more...]

The Inscrutable Sacred Thread

The Thread

“Everyone Is Welcome,” announces a small sign over the door of the gothic brick edifice.  It was first placed there to make sure people of color knew it was safe to enter in the sixties; later it served as an indication that people with AIDS were welcome too. Now it whispers carefully to me each time I enter.  If the sign were any larger I’d be spooked.I’m not scared of the building.  I’m not scared of worship, or of God.  I’m not scared of the two-story tall cross affixed to the wall in the … [Read more...]

We Must Weather the Storm to See the Rainbow

1. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada's Banner vandalized on August 26 with _White_ written over Black

An Open Love Letter to White Unitarian Universalists Struggling With Their Commitment to Black Lives MatterBy Chris CrassOur commitment to living the values of our faith is being tested. We are standing in the storm of reaction against the Black Lives Matter movement. Now is the time when we must ask ourselves, “do we become even more out and proud for racial justice or do we shrink down in retreat?”With FOX news leading a media frenzy denouncing the Black Lives Matter movement as a h … [Read more...]