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...5:16That magic mountain minutewhen fall comes whispering around the edges.Chased up from the valleyby unrelenting sun, and shimmering waves of summer,the cool comes creepingand 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, set in a f … [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...]

I Gotta Ramble…

I haven't posted anything in a whole week. This was not intentional, just one of those weeks. Doesn't mean there is nothing on my mind! In fact, i notice that when i am not blogging to process the world, i tend to overuse facebook. (Newsflash: so do you. Know when you need to find another outlet, and we'll all stay friends.) So, I'm going to Ramble On for a moment. You might see more developed posts on some of these topics next week. Wait, possibly the week after... Anyway, here goes.-True … [Read more...]

Sometimes, It Falls from the Sky

It was one of those rare Phoenix days when everything shimmered with a utopian light. (No, not recently!) Hot air balloons dotted the sky, and rocky mountain foothills struck a dramatic pose against the technicolor blue. Ancient saguaro raised their arms in praise of all creation. The sun was a friend and not the oppressor it would become a few months later. Temperatures hovered in the 70s, meaning no need for climate control. In other words: desert perfection. Arizona in springtime.I walked i … [Read more...]

For Life

I mean... way to say it out loud, Mr. Akin. Your ignorance may be astounding--horrific, even--but you are teaching us a valuable lesson. The moral of the story is--this is what single-issue voting will get you.I'm one of many, many people of faith in this country: who are pro-choice, but anti-abortion. If you think that is an oxymoron, stick with me here. I think that abortion is sad and awful, and should not be used as an alternative to birth control, or as a matter of convenience. That … [Read more...]

Ask: Why Fear of Death is Killing the Church

A telemarketer called the church. She was selling neighborhood mailing lists. I told her no thank you."I'm just trying to help you grow your church! Don't you want your church to grow??" she shouted angrily. Whoa. Where was this coming from?I said (with the manners of a saint, given her tone), "we have a budget for resources like this, but it's been designated for other things.""Yes," she said, "but the church doesn't really run on a budget, does it? I mean, it's all donations, ri … [Read more...]


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