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Tired Shoulders

My shoulders are tired this afternoon. Most of that is soreness from doing hair yesterday. All of yesterday: 10 hours of washing, conditioning, putting in product, brushing, combing, parting, twisting. 10 hours from which my daughter emerged with a beautiful head full of dark brown twists. Gorgeous. She is funny. She is smart. She is beautiful and I love … Read →

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I’m a Fool for You

Last year, late in the season of Lent, a full sanctuary of worshipers gathered with the lights dimmed to worship God, singing their beloved "Holden Evening Prayer." A wide-eyed, dark-haired three-year-old from the congregation (She looked like a miniature version of me, bangs and all.) followed me to the front of the sanctuary as I prepared to sing the … Read →

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The Moms’ Group

Let's talk about babies. For the last five years of my life, something has been happening in the background. I've already shared on my blog about my journey through seminary and internship, and my first years of being a pastor. I've shared about my family and some of my vacations, my love for baseball and knitting, my thoughts on dialogue and division, … Read →

Aug 2014 YCW Twin Cities

Skipping Over the Small Talk: An Open Letter of Gratitude

“What’s the focus of that conference you’re going to tomorrow, Pastor Andrea?”  The question came from a parishioner following worship, where I had announced that I would be out of the office for the week. “Um…I can’t remember, actually.  I know there’s a theme…but it’s a conference entirely for young clergy women!” I’m hesitant to even put these words … Read →