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Sometimes You Have No Choice But to Make a Choice


Two years ago, I stood in the pulpit preaching the hardest sermon I would preach to date. That sermon; my first “goodbye” and “I failed, I’m sorry” sermon, flowed from my mouth with sadness in my breathe and tears streaming down my face. “Hot Mess” and “Ugly Cry” describes this occasion. The congregation listened and […]

Never a Fatherless Child


This Father’s Day will be the first on which my son’s father is no longer my husband. He left me for another woman earlier this year, and though he has so far been faithful to the custody agreement with our son, I worry constantly about Ollie not having the kind of father he will need […]

God’s Storyteller


Most of my pastor friends who are also moms have either younger children than I do, or much older.  Much has been written, and rightly so, about parenting a baby while you lead a council meeting, night nursing followed by church in the morning, and how to manage day care and babysitting with the odd […]

Abundant Grace

Lindsay Waller portrait

In retrospect, I should have just skipped the meeting. Everyone would have understood, after all, we had just taken custody of our first foster child three days before. She was not doing well. But the stupid part of me, the part that wants to be mother and pastor simultaneously in all its glory with none […]

A Wilderness Sabbath: Towards Motherhood

Towards Motherhood

Editor’s Note: This article is one in an occasional series called “A Lenten Pause,” running on Fidelia’s Sisters until Easter. As many young clergy women plan to come to our summer conference, Sabbath in the City, in Chicago we’ll be taking a look at the sometimes terrifying topic of sabbath and the role it plays […]

Adopted by the Grace of God

Packing Christmas

Editor’s Note: Rev. Brown preached this sermon at Seneca Presbyterian Church in Seneca, SC on January 1, 2012. Text: Genesis 17:1-7 and Galatians 3:26-29; 4:4-7. The Christmas tree is down, the decorations stored away and family members have returned to their own homes. At least in theory we have accomplished this “putting away” of Christmas. […]

I’m a Mom and a Minister, But I Feel Like a Complete Mess!

“Get up! Where are your shoes? Stop! Get down! What are you wearing? Is it clean? Stop! Get off of that! Don’t eat off the floor! Put it down!” That’s my regular discourse every morning with my two children, ages 10 and 2. Particularly on this Sunday morning, I had to take a deep breath […]

A Day in the Life of a Pastor/Mother

I love this photo. Exemplified in this photo is where my life as a mom and as a pastor intersect. This is the day that my daughter was baptized. I love how my son is looking up and probably wondering what is going on. My husband who is also a pastor had the joy of […]

The One We’d Only Begun to Love

by Jennifer Ingold Asbill The Monday morning after Mother’s Day we found out we were pregnant. 4 weeks later, on my father-in-law’s birthday, we found out we were having a miscarriage. It’s impossible to describe the deluge of emotions that shift as quickly as the wind, or the vast sea of questions, anxieties, and surreal […]

All About the Benjamins

by Katherine Willis Pershey Editor’s Note: This article is one in an occasional series called “All About the Benjamins,” running this fall on Fidelia’s Sisters. As many congregations and organizations are running stewardship campaigns and lining up budgets for 2012, we’ll be taking a look at the sometimes-taboo topic of money, and the role it […]