Entries by Mariclair Partee Carlsen

Stumbling Towards Bethlehem

“While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”               Luke 2:6-7 I discovered I was pregnant one early autumn […]

Death and Resurrection

It has been just over two weeks since we all heard the terrible news of explosions in Boston. In a timeline that seems too familiar these days, a few panicked reports of an explosion, then two, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon bloomed across the internet and television news channels into cellphone video […]

TYCWP Conference and Me

I attended my first Young Clergy Women Project (YCWP) conference last summer, in Chicago, IL. I had followed Fidelia’s Sisters for years after graduation from seminary, and when a call for new members of the Editorial Board was posted I realized I might “age out” before the next opportunity. Suddenly I was the newest editor […]

Election Day Communion

“Election Day Communion- Tuesday,  Nov 6 at 12:15PM in the upper chapel. As our nation goes to the polls, let us gather at God’s table- not as Republicans, Democrats, or Independents, but as brothers and sisters in Christ”. “Election Day Communion- Tuesday,  Nov 6 at 12:15PM in the upper chapel- As our nation goes to […]

God Hates Whom, Exactly?

We’ve all seen it. We’ve all groaned, or objected full-throatedly, or taken to our blogs to protest. Pat Robertson did it in 2005, the Rabbinical Alliance of America did it in 2010, and the mayor of Tokyo did it in 2011. The members of the Westboro Baptist Church do it so often it doesn’t even […]

Cooking For One

“I was going to take this class called Cooking For One but the instructor killed himself.” Liz Lemon, 30 Rock I really like to cook. I will spend days looking through cookbooks to find the perfect recipes, shopping for ingredients, and hours preparing a meal for a dinner party that will entertain those I love […]

In Praise of Clerical Fiction

I am a sucker for a good, trashy novel. When I first began discerning a call to the priesthood, I went through the normal stage of grappling with what it might mean to be a woman of the cloth. On the other side of ordination, I pictured a future populated by massive tomes of the […]