Entries by Lydia Posselt

Wear the Red Dress

I will wear red. I will wear the red dress, even though you will talk behind your hands to wonder out loud – what is she wearing why is she wearing that is that even appropriate should a [insert literally anything here] be wearing that. I will wear red. I will wear the red dress […]

Striving for Justice and Peace Among All People: Advocacy, Activism, and the Baptismal Covenant

During Baptisms, Easter and other special occasions in The Episcopal Church, churchgoers are asked eight questions known as The Baptismal Covenant. It begins as a statement of faith laid out in straightforward question and answer style with questions aren’t all that questionable. Do you believe in God? Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son […]

May I Take Your Order?

Sometimes we do not choose when our collars come off; the choice is made for us. That’s how it happened for me. I was in a call I had loved for 6 years when I was told the position was no longer mine. I was given a 6-month severance package and a party, and then […]

Ask a YCW: Disaster Edition

Dear Askie, I am so devastated by the news of so many recent disasters—Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and so many others. Watching it on the news just breaks my heart. What can my church and I do to help? -A Concerned Church Member   Dear Concerned, This is such a great question. For help with […]

A Pastor’s Scope for Imagination

When I was growing up, I would travel to Minnesota each year to visit my maternal grandparents. My grandmother had very strict parameters as to what content she would watch on her television.  Although she had cable and thus access to dozens of channels, she only watched Animal Planet and the Weather Channel because she […]

Me Too

It started appearing on the Sunday afternoon in the week after the story about Harvey Weinstein broke. A simple Facebook post that caught me off guard and made me suddenly unable to breathe. It said: Me, too. If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me too” as a status, we might give people […]

The Cost of Unity

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as […]

The Messiness of Microaggressions

1 Corinthians 12:12, 26 NRSV For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.   Hey there, […]

Monday in Beverly Hills

I had just arrived a block west of Rodeo Drive to the church I would serve in Beverly Hills. The rector told me not to bring my lunch, that it would be the church’s treat on my first day. I decided that morning that the lunch venue would offer me some clues about how to […]