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Re-Imagining Youth Ministry

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When I was in high school, I quit my church’s youth group. All the activities they hosted were social events with no spiritual component. They didn’t even pray before meals. If the only reason to go to church youth group was to hang out with my peers, I didn’t want to be there. I had […]

Lent at Home: Spirit-filled Practices for Families

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A few weeks ago, my spouse and I packed away the Advent wreath and took down the Christmas tree. When the tree comes down, it feels like a friend has left the building. With regards to the Advent wreath, I miss that daily ritual of lighting candles and saying prayers of hope and expectation with […]

A Quiet Generosity

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This is a photo of my grandfather and me. It is from commencement weekend at Tufts University in May 2002. Three years later, we would take a similar photo as I received my MDiv from Yale. And six years after that, he would fly to England to sit in an auditorium and watch me receive […]

My Marriage Isn’t Biblical, Thank God

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One of my namesakes is a woman who spent decades trapped in a miserable marriage.  Her story is one of the reasons I often refer to the 1950’s as “the decade of lies.”  Society forced her to lie, pretending that her husband was a good father, that he would never hurt anyone, that they were […]

Celebrating the Preacher

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“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24 …One hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives […]

Not a Lone Ranger

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I recall the first time I heard of the place that has become my call.  The phone rang while I was at a family picnic.  When the representative from the synod office told me that he had a place in mind for me, I was elated.  Finally, I thought, I would do what I believed […]

As A Mother

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The sweetest part of my day is the sound of little voices calling “Mother, mother.” I have never given birth, nor have I adopted children. But most mornings, as I open the door to my church, I am greeted by the tiny denizens of my church’s preschool, and their chipper little hellos. They call me […]

Ask a Young Clergy Woman: Here Comes the Bride Edition

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Dear Askie, I’m getting married this summer! My fiancé and I aren’t particularly religious (we sometimes go to church on Christmas Eve), so we’re planning on having the ceremony outdoors at our reception venue. My aunt’s best friend’s daughter is a minister, so my aunt wants me to ask her to officiate. That sounds like […]

Grace-full Resolutions

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January brings new beginnings. There’s calm after the flurry of holiday festivities. New calendars are crisp and white, empty dates full of promise. It’s an opportunity and often a yearning to start anew, to make changes for the better as we embark on the New Year. And so with varying degrees of earnestness, we formulate […]

2015 YCW Summer Conference

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This Summer, the YCW are GTT[1] I look forward to the Young Clergywomen Conference every summer. For me, it’s a no-miss July ritual, right up there with hotdogs and fireworks. The Young Clergywomen Conference re-charges mind, body, and soul, comfortably navigating the line between solemnity and frivolity. Where else can you break from evening prayer […]