September 18, 2019

I love a good scare this time of year. Creeping up on October, I’ll re-read Bram Stoker’s Dracula, or a favorite Stephen King book. I’ll watch The Exorcist or The Omen. You know, for old time’s sake, and because I have a sense of occasion. Stranger Things? Here for it, and not just because of the epic fashion flashbacks. It’s just the right kind of terrifying. I like some darkness. I like some edge. But admittedly, I like creepy things that can be closed and put back… Read more

September 4, 2019

You know how when you have major life transitions going on–like moving, settling your family in new place, learning a new job and smashing the patriarchy, all at the same time– and you start to let things fall through the cracks? Or… maybe that’s just me. But having just been through such a season, I’m here to tell you, that’s what happens. When you are in the process of doing big life things, little life things get away from you. … Read more

August 16, 2019

The myth of American bootstraps is alive and well. The economy teeters on the edge of a meldown. Not that I’m hoping this is true, mind you, I’m just referencing nervous economists who say recession is nigh. But even as we gaze over that abyss, all too familiar from a decade ago, we cling to the old favorite narrative of pulling oneself up to success. We reinforce the notion that hard work can overcome any set of obstacles– even an… Read more

August 7, 2019

Prayer is not meaningless. Sure, it is no magic bullet (pun intended, hard). Nor is God a magic genie in a bottle. But prayer can be a deeply transformative act, when approached in the right frame. Maybe it’s just that we’ve been praying for the wrong thing. Read more

July 20, 2019

You’ll be overwhelmed. You’ll be exhausted. You’ll look like you’ve been through a week of church camp. And you’ll love every minute of it. Read more

July 17, 2019

It was an alien experience for me, pulling in that “visitor” parking spot. But after nearly two decades in pastoral ministry… I really was a first time visitor. Here’s what I learned. Read more

July 11, 2019

I heard a collective sigh go up this morning, as clergywomen across America read the New York Times piece about Rev. Dr. Amy Butler and the Riverside Church–and all together breathed a litany of “yes,” and “sounds about right,” and “me too, sister.” We’ve all been there. It is a story as old as the gospel itself. No, older. Because men have held power over women in most social systems for as long as the human memory can stretch. And… Read more

July 4, 2019

Hey you Over there on that side of history,  on that side of the fence… Let me ask you– Who’s free?    I bet  The guys who signed the thing That made us free would Want to know now– Who’s free?    Is he free,  at that desk, with the crushing deadline And crippling debt on the house  that’s about to go upside Down?    Is she free, With three kids and two cancers and one  worthless healthcare plan?  The… Read more

June 25, 2019

Concentration camp [con·cen·tra·tion camp] noun.               def: a place where large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities. Last week, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez referred to some of our nation’s border detention facilities–where people are being held indefinitely in small spaces with little food, water or access to care or legal representation–as concentration camps. The next day, I was at the gym,… Read more

June 20, 2019

There are 71 million refugees in the world right now–more than at any other time in history. Here are some ways we can all be more welcoming, in honor of World Refugee Day. Read more

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