Oh 2022, I think we’re all a bit scared of you….but this morning as I crawl out of bed to a yard blanketed with desperately needed snow (and a trampoline that flew across it in the wind this week), I have been thinking about hope. I love hope. But I know hope is dangerous, too. […]Read More
survival of the fittest.
This week I got a beautiful letter from my friend who has been in prison for 7 years. We write now and then, and he shared that all 200 inmates in his unit have tested positive for COVID and 11 have died so far. As I read his tender and poignant words, I thought about […]Read More
“i see you. i hear you. i’m with you.”
Five and a half weeks ago I was supposed to be in the Pacific Northwest for two Practicing events in Portland and Washington. I was so excited because not only would I get to process some of the content in Practicing: Changing Yourself to Change the World with people in real life workshop-style (my favorite […]Read More
the pervasive patriarchy problem
This post was swirling around in my head last fall and on the day that my son died I had just put the finishing touches on it and was getting ready to hit “publish.” Then my doorbell rang and the police came to share the worst possible news a parent can ever receive, and we’re […]Read More
“When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to meSpeaking words of wisdom, let it beAnd in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of meSpeaking words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it beWhisper words of wisdom, let it […]Read More
earthly kings & our addiction to power
Yesterday was Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week in the Christian calendar on the road toward Easter. I know it’s a hard season for a lot of faith shifting folks, and I’ve written so much already over the years that there’s no need to re-create the wheel; you can always use my blog search […]Read More
practicing: a new book baby that will be born next year!
I’m writing a new book! This week, in the midst of our celebrating launching all our kids adventure, I signed a contract with Westminster John Knox Press to publish Practicing: Be the Change You Want to See in the World (working title)! I am so excited about this project and to work with WJK on it […]Read More
Jesus, the breaker of boundaries
Today is Christmas Eve, the night we celebrate Jesus’ arrival into the world, God in-the-flesh, born to simple people in a dirty stall in a time where political authority prevailed and rigid theological constructs kept people in bondage. A time like today. Over the millennia, very little has changed about this same basic story. Power […]Read More
I’ve been pastoring full-time for almost 15 years and every day I am still struck by the beauty and complexity of journeying alongside people in the ups and downs of real life. I never set out to be in ministry; my master’s degree is in management and organizational development, and if you would have asked […]Read More
5 reasons we need more women leading in the world.
“We are all meant to be mothers of God…for God is always needing to be born.” ~ Meister Eckhardt Last month we had our Blue Christmas gathering at The Refuge. A contemplative space, Refuge friends created different stations to engage with different aspects of a season that can be hard for so many in different […]Read More