I’ve always been a birth geek. I loved the experience of being pregnant with my son. His birth (at home, without drugs; with the baby’s father, two midwives, and my mother present) was the most intense and painful experience of my life; I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Even before becoming a mother […]
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About Grace Pritchard Burson
Single parent, trained doula, backyard chicken keeper.
I have no doubt that I am called by God to the sacramental priesthood. Parish ministry is another story. While I find many elements of my job rewarding, there are plenty of things about being a generalist in a parish (which is all I’ve done for my six-plus years of ordained ministry) that don’t necessarily […]
I didn’t subscribe to Netflix until the beginning of this year. When I finally did, I knew what I would be choosing for my first TV-show binge-watch: the BBC series Call the Midwife. I had read the first of Jennifer Worth’s memoirs, on which the series is based, at my sister’s house in London in […]
Before I was ordained, I spent time as a seminarian intern and youth minister in a total of seven congregations. The jobs of baptismal preparation and of talking to parents about how to raise Christian children, often fell to me. In order to have something to put in people’s hands, that would sum up the […]
I never expected to get divorced. Certainly not after being ordained and having a child. And most definitely not while in the most intense phase of a clergy job search. I seem to specialize in crazy all-at-once life transitions. In six months in 2008, I had a baby, was ordained deacon, got my first clergy […]