Lent Derailed

In my last post, I shared about some unscheduled Spring cleaning - an oven fire, a fire extinguisher, and a massive mess. Well, I am still finishing the cleaning. It seems to grow in scale, the closer I get to the finish line. I’m not sure how that’s possible, but it’s what it feels like.One thing this whole event did was derail my attempt at Lent this year. I attempted a food based commitment, and losing the ability to cook pretty much sent me over the edge. It’s not that I couldn’t succeed, … [Read more...]

3 Things Folks Experiencing Homelessness Need from You

Three Things Our Friends Experiencing Homelessness Need from YouI spend my days working at one of Atlanta’s busiest homeless service agencies. I also get the pleasure of working with many missions teams, alternative spring breaks, and corporate service groups. I love my job, and I love building relationships with my friends experiencing homelessness.I have recently been asked by a lot of friends about what it is that our friends experiencing homelessness really need.So here are three … [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...]

Lenten Peace in Israel

Today There are three big things in my cultural-religious mind going on today. Today is St Patrick's Day. It is also Lent. And it's Israeli Election Day.  First, St. Patricks's Day. With a maiden name like Riley O'Brien, each year on this day I try to feel a sense of connection to my Irish roots. And I never do. I've never been to Ireland and I don't even drink. Instead, observance of St Patricks Day for me is usually something closer to shuffling into my closet and thinking, "Shoot! Why don't … [Read more...]

A Prayer for Black History Month and the Lenten Season

Loving God, who reigns on Earth as it is in HeavenFather God Whom the prophet Isaiah called the Mother of Zion,We come to you with humble and contrite hearts,Asking for the repentance of our sins, both known and unknown,Forgive us for our sins as well as forgive those who sin against us.We pray that we can experience reconciliation, truth, and peace,You, Oh God, are the God of Life, the Spirit of FreedomYou are the God of Moses, and the prophet Miriam, Harriet Tubman, … [Read more...]

Prayer Letters

Some thoughts on prayer about which I'd love to hear from you. http://dougpagittradio.com/prayer-letters … [Read more...]

Keeping the “Cool” Out of Lent

For those of us coming out of the conservative Evangelical background, the rediscovery of the Christian calendar has inspired many of us to participate in the sacred rhythm that the calendar affords. Two seasons in particular seem to show a resurgence: one being Advent, the other being Lent.As a kid growing up I had no idea what Mardi Gras (or Carnival) was all about. I would see the pictures on TV and wonder what would inspire such revelry? It seemed to always have an intensity that … [Read more...]

Black History – White Woman

Thank you. I’m sorry.I need to say both. Thank you to everyone who has written, sung, or spoken the difficult truths of racism, discrimination, oppression and privilege. Thank you to my friends who have taken the time to tell me their stories so that I might understand my own historybetter, so that I might understand myself better. I’m sorry that you have these painful stories to tell. I regret that I didn’t already know them. I realize now that I’ve been callous about your experience a … [Read more...]