by Alex Hendrickson It just happened again. I put down a copy of my seminary alumni magazine, after reading yet another article about how clergywomen can “have it all”. In the nearly seven years since my ordination and ten years since I began my seminary career, the drumbeats insisting that clergywomen can be both full-time [...]
This month we are pleased to offer visual art and poetry together from two different artists, Mary Allison Cates (who created a series we featured in Advent) and Heidi Koschzec. Both works appear below the fold. Do you sculpt? sew? shoot photos? string words together? We want to hear from you.
by Sarah Kinney Gaventa My seminary boyfriend broke up with me just a few days before I was supposed to go house-hunting. It was my senior year, and I had just accepted an exciting new call as an assistant rector. A girlfriend of mine named Mary peeled me off the floor of my dorm room [...]
by Erica L. Schemper Our congregation has used Taizé, Tenebrae, and narratives of the Passion in past Good Friday services. I grew up in a congregation that often used the 7 last words of Christ as a focal point. I wrote this liturgy to combine some of these elements, but also wanting to add some [...]
An Imaginary dialogue between a college student and her chaplain. by Kate Smanik Moyes Student: Chaplain Kate, I have to interview someone for my First Year Seminar class. Would you mind if I asked you a few questions? Chaplain: That sounds fine to me. What are you researching? S: Well, we were supposed to interview [...]
by Elsa Peters After a long pause in our conversation, I suppose that he felt the need to ask another question. I was inclined toward hanging up. The conversation had been annoying thus far. I didn’t see the potential for improvement. “So, what’s your favorite movie?” It is probably best that this was a phone [...]
by Carol Howard Merritt Recently, at a local governing board meeting, the chair of a search committee presented his candidate before the governing body with the words, “We really did have a real search.” I sat back in my pew, folded my arms, and rolled my eyes, because we all knew the truth. It was [...]
I’m in love! Oh, don’t get too excited. I’m not in love with anyone I’ve actually met. . .or am likely to meet. This love is a secret love, which is something juicy for me to savor. I’m not telling many people and definitely not telling members of my congregation. They are very kind to [...]