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Bread and Blessing


“I wish I could receive at your church,” my stepson Ben said to me one Sunday as we all prepared for a busy day of worship, Sunday school, and meetings. It took me a minute to connect the dots and realize that he meant “receive Communion.” Ben is being raised Roman Catholic by his mother […]

Pilgrimage with My Mother


In May 2014, my mother and I walked the last 110km of the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela, in Spain. There have been many wonderful books, blogs and websites published about the pilgrim journey to Santiago, as well as many films, such as The Way with Martin Sheen. I commend all of these resources […]

To Be or Not To Be… A “None”

July 2014 Emily and brothers

My brothers and I were raised in a medium-sized Presbyterian congregation in a small southern city. We went to Sunday school, worship, and the Wednesday night program. Our parents were at various times youth advisors, ruling elders, worship leaders, and members of a supper club. We liked our pastor; we liked our church. But by […]

On Healing and Time


She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” (Mark 5:27, 28 NLT) This unnamed woman in Mark 5:25-34 is my soul sister.  As a lonely teenager, isolated and invisible, […]

Six Weddings, and a Funeral for My Arrogant Discipleship


“One midnight hospital vigil, one funeral, one dead mouse under the kitchen sink smelling up the whole church, one brave parishioner kind enough to deal with said mouse, one interview with the paper, one never-ending church directory project concluded, two sermons written…and six weddings. A week in the insane and fabulous life of being a […]

“Old Maid” Revisited


I owe my changed perspective to Mabel, the woman who, during a shared car-ride on a Senior Adult outing, proudly proclaimed that she had been an old maid in her younger years. Even putting aside the incongruity of being an old maid in younger years, Mabel’s statement struck me as odd. I thought back to […]

Ask a YCW: Grace and Goodbyes Edition


Dear Askie, I have been serving in my current call for almost five years. This was my first church out of seminary, and I have grown so much in this place- through joyful times as well as difficult ones, I know we have been doing God’s work together. But now God is calling me to […]

Revelation in Davidson

homeless jesus

A response to the following news story. It was late, when she turned onto Caldwell, wondering if the kids were in bed yet, if her husband had remembered to take out the recycling. She was ticking through e-mails still unanswered, when she spotted the dark form, lying knees to chest on a bench in front […]

God in All the Things


“Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.” -St. Francis de Sales A friend and fellow young clergy woman posted this quote on her Facebook page recently. I read it with mixed emotions. I took a walk today to clear my head. The long […]

First Asian American Young Adult Clergy Woman Elected Vice Moderator of PCUSA


The 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) recently elected Larissa Kwong Abazia to be Vice-Moderator. She graciously agreed to a blog interview for Fidelia’s Sisters. Who inspires you? My mother who, though the youngest child and only daughter in her family, proved that she could do just as much as her two brothers. […]