A sermon on Luke 4:1, 7-14, by Elsa A. Peters I can’t remember which member of the search committee said it. But I definitely remember their words: “Now that you are moving to Portland, no more Starbucks.” And it’s true. There are so many locally owned coffee shops in Portland… But I have to confess. […]
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This past year, every few months, I met with a group of young clergy with the Lewis Fellows. Every time we gathered, we began with a check-in where I got to explain once again: I’m still searching. My intention by participating in the Lewis Fellows was to offer a transition – with a built-in support […]
by Elsa A. Peters We are launching a new website. Since our founding in 2007, TYCWP has called www.youngclergywomen.org our internet home. We started with the imagination of creating a space where young clergy women could theologically reflect about their ministry. We wanted to create a community of writers. We wanted to share our stories. […]
It happens. I don’t want to make excuses about it – but you know that it’s happened to you too. You go to a continuing education event, you take superb notes, you nod in vigorous affirmation, you wonder why you couldn’t bring the biggest nay-sayer in your ministry to sit in the corner. And then […]
Ashley-Anne Master and Stacy Smith’s Bless Her Heart: Life as a Young Clergy Woman will be on the bedside table of every young clergy woman. Whether these women are seminarians, a local church pastors or a chaplains, these young leaders will turn to these pages because it truly is our story. In these nine short […]
I always thought I would be an artist. When I dreamed of who I would be when I grew up, it was always with a set of paints. It was always in some smock and a beret. Yes, it really was that cliché. And so, I painted. I drew. I sketched. I took every art […]
I like words. I like to use words. I like to listen to words. I like to roll them off my tongue. I like to read them on a page. I really like words. I don’t like words in my prayers. It’s the writer in me. I’m too busy editing. Once the words fall off […]
“It’s just too hard. I don’t know what to do,” my stepmother confessed. There was silence on our phone connection, which granted me enough time to put on my pastor hat, even if I was reluctant to adorn this accessory with my family members. It didn’t matter though. I was going to wear the hat […]
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 conversation so he couldn’t see my eyes […]