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Jenny Warner
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Jenny is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Pastor for Justice, Spirituality and Community at First Presbyterian Church of Bend, Oregon. She graduated from Biola University with a B.A. in Intercultural Studies and Psychology in 1992, and in 2010, received a Masters of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

After college, Jenny spent two years in Southeastern Europe, working with missionaries in their cross-cultural adjustment. Since moving back, she has helped plant a new church, married and become a mother of two daughters, worked as a spiritual director and an artist. Having recently finished her PCUSA ordination requirements, she is currently seeking a call as a pastor.

Jenny's interests include poetry, creating and exploring art, theology, running and yoga, knitting, being outdoors, cooking and eating great food, and drinking strong coffee and fabulous wine. She delights in the gift of friendship, and is most happy at play and rest with her husband and two daughters.

Works by Jenny Warner
Assassination in a Googled World
Jenny Warner | May 05, 2011
This week, especially, it seems wise to preach and model interconnectedness and......
When Half Spent Was the Night
Jenny Warner | December 08, 2010
It feels to me like one of the biggest ironies that I, weak as I know myself to be, am......
On My Shelf
Jenny Warner | February 02, 2011
By the time my sermon is written, I usually have a stack of about five books that I have......
The Lonely Preacher
Jenny Warner | January 05, 2011
Quite honestly, preaching can be lonely. So at the end of the day, I find it important......
Personal Preaching: Sharing Stories in the Pulpit
Jenny Warner | August 10, 2011
Wisely disclosing our personal stories as pastors is a tricky thing and requires a lot......
That New Pastor Glow
Jenny Warner | March 23, 2011
In my honeymoon stage, I encourage you to remember: What got you into this in the first......
The Incarnate God in Vegas
Jenny Warner | December 15, 2010
As pastors, we are called to move amidst this contradictory "Vegas" world without being......
Crucify Perfectionism
Jenny Warner | April 26, 2011
Here in this new place, once again I am learning to let go of the default mindset that......
Pastor Retreating
Jenny Warner | July 13, 2011
Pastors must remember that the underpinning of all their work is the space for God in......
The Call to Preach
Jenny Warner | November 16, 2010
Truth be told, I never aspired to preach. A few years earlier, I had carefully......
Mark challenges all of us to see our preaching as an extended conversation with a......
Ordination Day and the Mystery of God's Love
Jenny Warner | April 05, 2011
On the day of her ordination to Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian......
Becoming Pastor Mom
Jenny Warner | June 01, 2011
My challenge is to be thankful for doing work I love, while at the same time remembering......
To Manuscript or Not, That Is the Question
Jenny Warner | December 01, 2010
When I first began preaching, I didn't even know that people manuscripted sermons....
Listening for God's Christmas Song
Jenny Warner | December 23, 2011
The invitation of incarnation is to stop and notice the miracle of God's breaking in to......
A Woman's Voice
Jenny Warner | February 16, 2011
What if you ever only heard one gender preach the texts? What perspectives might you be......
Sara's perspective pulls me out of the fog of over-familiarity and the fear of sounding......
"The preachers in the African American tradition preach not because they can, but we......
Defying Gravity: Becoming a Woman of Influence
Jenny Warner | March 11, 2012
The time has come to stop fighting for myself and extend a hand to lift other women who......
Preacher to Preacher: A New Interview Series
Jenny Warner | February 23, 2011
In the spirit of conversation, I am asking five questions of great preachers. These......
Holy Chaos
Jenny Warner | February 09, 2011
What if scripture is more like the streets of Cairo than a five-star hotel?...
Strong Sermon
Jenny Warner | January 26, 2011
While each preacher must journey into her or his own way of preaching, I think an......
Loving in Dangerous Times
Jenny Warner | January 12, 2011
I do not know if our country will become more or less violent in the years to come. But......
Transition Woman
Jenny Warner | June 22, 2011
I am making mistakes, fumbling over simple tasks, and facing bumps in the road and minor......
"As a pastor who has been deeply influenced by both the emergent movement and my chosen......
She Speaks
Jenny Warner | December 22, 2010
Maybe our problem isn't that we listen too much but we listen too little to the voices......
The God-Bearer: Advent Reflections on Mary
Jenny Warner | December 05, 2011
Incarnational spirituality is not working up the strength to become someone you aren't;......
Polarization and Union
Jenny Warner | January 19, 2011
In our polarized nation, our polarized church, and our often polarized selves, wisdom is......
Economic Grief and Spiritual Recovery
Jenny Warner | September 27, 2011
May we choose to be present to economic grief -- and in that presence, to find......
How Many Souls Shrink in Church?
Jenny Warner | November 10, 2011
Is there room in our church for questions -- real questions, the ones without answers?......