From shame and blame to belonging

From a sermon preached at First Presbyterian Church of Bend, May 29, 2016.There was a book that was incredibly popular when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter. It was called Baby Wise.The premise was that all babies should be put on a strict schedule of eating, waking and sleep. It s … [Read More...]

The holy prison of Lent

I spent 5 days on Robben Island in January 2015 where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned between 1964-1982. With me were a group of peacemakers and activists from around the world.  This blog series is a set of reflections on that time. The most dangerous political prisoner on Robben Island was not N … [Read More...]

In the shelter of each other

I spent 5 days with a group of peacemakers and activists from around the world on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela and many others were imprisoned between January 18-22, 2016  This blog series is a set of reflections on that time. The discussion assignment was to tell the others in our group an … [Read More...]

Privileged stories

I spent 5 days of Robben Island where Nelson Mandela and many others were imprisoned between January 18-22, 2016 with a group of peacemakers and activists from around the world. This blog series is a set of reflections on that time. If we had come to Robben Island for just an afternoon, the story … [Read More...]

Reflections from Robben Island

On Friday morning, I woke early, got dressed and went for a walk with my camera in hand as the sun rose. My first stop was an abandoned lime quarry where deer grazed in tufts of grass that have grown up in the last 20 years. They scrambled up the hillside as I stood on the edge of the quarry, not … [Read More...]

Welcome to Lent

 I have just returned from 17 days of travel – 12 in Africa and 5 in Amsterdam. And this morning as I awoke through a fog of jet lag and thought about my day, I remembered that Lent begins today.In a professional sense, I’m ready. Before I left, I prepped services and the amazing staff a … [Read More...]

Reflections from Robben Island

On Friday morning, I woke early, got dressed and went for a walk with my camera in hand as the sun rose. My first stop was an abandoned lime quarry where deer grazed in tufts of grass that have grown up in the last 20 years. They scrambled up the hillside as I stood on the edge of the quarry, not … [Read More...]

Welcome to Lent

 I have just returned from 17 days of travel – 12 in Africa and 5 in Amsterdam. And this morning as I awoke through a fog of jet lag and thought about my day, I remembered that Lent begins today.In a professional sense, I’m ready. Before I left, I prepped services and the amazing staff a … [Read More...]

Marcus’ Striped Socks

Big time scholar, controversial figure, subject of endless discussions... he showed up last year at First Presbyterian Bend wearing brightly colored striped socks. He scooped up a few cookies and a cup of coffee in the lobby and sat down to talk with two of us who were trying to look as if having … [Read More...]

The Pastor in Protest

A couple of years ago I toured the Civil Rights museum in Greensboro, North Carolina where black college students had staged a sit-in at the Woolworth counter in 1960. Hanging in a display cabinet was a black robe, much like the one I wear on Sunday mornings. It belonged to a pastor who was a part … [Read More...]


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