Unto Others

I'm preaching on the Golden Rule this Sunday. Total snooze, right? It seems like the very heart of simplicity. Otherwise known as the 'ethic of reciprocity,' there is an equivalent of this directive in every faith tradition in the history of the world. And yet, the notion of treating others as we'd like to be treated is the most challenging, transforming, life-giving concept imaginable. Even if we memorize it in kindergarten, it has a way of getting lost among the other platitudes of our … [Read more...]

50 Shades of “Seriously?”

Speaking of porn... (yes, we were. yesterday, remember?) Alright, you know i'm all for equality. Most porn is made and marketed for (and by) men. So, maybe we should count this as one more industry where we'd like to see women represented in leadership (and not just, you know, on camera). Before you holler at me, I said maybe. MAYBE a erotica market by and for women would take some of the objectification/dehumanization/degradation/abusive behaviors out of the industry and start to make it...i … [Read more...]

The Pottery Barn Catalog (and other pornographic literature…)

It's here! It's here! The October Pottery Barn catalog...be still my heart. I mean, it might be 105 in the shade outside. But inside, with me and my coffee and my favorite leather club chair (which did NOT come from Pottery Barn) it is nothing but fall bliss. Pumpkins, colored leaves, fragrant warm beverages, crisp evening air, the promise of friends gathering to share a good meal...and that's just the cover! Let me be clear. There is only one thing in the whole of my house that actually came … [Read more...]

5:16

something i wrote last weekend in Prescott. remembering that sacred space today, here in the valley, where it will soon be 105 in the shade... 5:16 That magic mountain minute when fall comes whispering around the edges. Chased up from the valley by unrelenting sun, and shimmering waves of summer, the cool comes creeping and waits for an invitation. The earth sighs relief, and settles to rest, answering but a short, simple 'yes.' Fall comes singing, and rolls back the green, and draws … [Read more...]

Benediction

'Saint' is a word i don't throw around much. I often find it trite, empty, and too dang precious. But in the case of Dorothy, I can say many things things that I don't normally say. Like the fact that she has "crossed over," or "gone to glory." And yes, that she is a saint of the church. Dorothy was from Kentucky. From the same small corner, in fact, that produced me, and every woman of faith who raised me. In many ways, Dorothy was my 'people' long before we met as two mountain women, … [Read more...]

Preparing a Place

Sometimes the best, most life-giving things in the life of a church evolve without a great deal of planning. They emerge out of daily life without meetings, without a line-item in the budget, without a major marketing campaign or overhaul of policy. A few weeks ago, I overheard my yoga instructor say that she was looking for a Tuesday morning gig. I said, "I know of a place..." And before i knew it, there were 7 of us gathered in the narthex on mats, engaged in community, mindfulness, and of … [Read more...]

Rain Dance

When it rains in Phoenix, people can talk of nothing else. Srsly. Facebook, yoga class, office, preschool, line at the grocery store...Not only is it the only topic worthy of conversation, but people in an otherwise standoffish metro sprawl area get downright chatty. A few drops from the sky and boom--instant community. Might as well be a small town in the south during football season. Grown-up people run outisde, spending the rest of the day in soggy clothes (and with bad hair). Children think … [Read more...]

The One Where I’m the Grownup

Find a person who is good at what they do, and ask them a simple question: who shaped you for this? I'm willing to bet that the person you're talking to is more than ready with a litany of people who helped mold them for leadership. Whether their career path is ministry, teaching, business, art, media, or some kind of trade, ANYbody who has managed to get good at something will be able to tell you who first (and best) modelled that vocation for them. Just sit back and hear the story. I can no … [Read more...]