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From Death to Life

Pregnant Woman

Editor’s Note:  This may be difficult to read if you have pain around not being able to have a child or to breastfeed. Holy Week is a powerful time.  It is a time to tell a powerful story.  It is a time to tell stories of death turning to life. My body has often felt […]

Streams Run Uphill


La vida es la lucha. Coined by our mujerista theologians it literally means, “life is struggle,” or even more simply “to live is to struggle.” Conversely, the flip is true, too – to struggle is to live. The book Streams Run Uphill: Conversations with Young Clergywomen of Color was first inspired by an African proverb […]

Full Stop: A Sermon on John 11


The telegrams all read the same: “The Secretary of War regrets to inform you that your son was killed in action.” Stop. “Further details will be forwarded to you as they become available.” Stop. There was absolutely no way to argue. No questions you could ask. No more information you could glean. Your son is […]



You aren’t single. We’re together, for the long haul. Right? His head tilts, brow furrows.   Yes, but I start Yes but according to the Church…   Would another person be a better partner He wonders Just because of some rings and words at the front of a church?   Ah, but my whole life […]

Ask a Young Clergy Woman: Non-anxious Presence Edition

Loneliness by Hans Thoma, 1880

 Dear Askie, What does a calm, non-anxious presence actually look like in practice? Specifically, what does it look like at contentious meetings where people criticize decisions you’ve made as a church leader? Signed, A Little Bit Anxious, Not Gonna Lie

A Review of Traci Smith’s Seamless Faith: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life


“May God bless you and keep you while you sleep, May you rest in God’s mercies, and wake to God’s grace, May you dream of God’s blessings, and know that you are loved.” Each night, my spouse whispers these words to my daughter as he tucks her into bed.  It is one of the most meaningful moments […]

Milk and Mother God


“Can a woman forget her baby or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”    Isaiah 49:15 I have repeated this verse over and over again, arguing for inclusive language, expansive imagery for God beyond “Heavenly Father,” the primary image to which many […]

Litany For Her


I own a piece of art that isn’t worth much money but, it’s a conversation piece.  Handmade with small patches of fabrics varying in colors from red to the brightest orange it hangs on my wall. This gift is a modern version of American quilting.  On the black border you’ll find a hand stitched  words, […]

Shards of Hope

Permission March 2014

“Do you think that somehow God doesn’t already know? That you’ve pulled a fast one over on God? I don’t know a lot about you, but I know this: our God, who created you, who somehow manages to be three persons and also one at the same time, sees you, knows you, loves you, and […]

Pruning the Vine


I often say I have a love/hate relationship with the gospel according to John, but that’s not strictly true. If I’m being honest, I have a reluctant-tolerance/hate relationship with John. My mature Christian faith owes a great deal to historical-Jesus scholarship––I probably wouldn’t be a churchgoer at all if not for a college class with […]