A few years ago, a couple came to me, because they had to make the difficult decision of what do with the leftover embryos that were created as part of the process of conceiving their twin children. They were so grateful for these embryos—and the beautiful children that had come from the two used embryos. […]
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I love being a parent. I love working full time. I love not having to worry about whether I am going over my half-time or three-quarter time limit. I love getting to throw myself wholeheartedly into my church. Frankly, I love getting to use the restroom by myself. For my family, both parents working in […]
My son is starting Sunday School. Or, rather, my SON is starting SUNDAY SCHOOL!!!! Somehow, my infant child has transformed himself into a fast talking, faster-running 4-year-old. He is all legs and arms and questions now. He’ll creep into our bed around six o’clock in the morning and whisper, “So, Jesus is in my belly?” […]
Being a young clergy woman sometimes feels like being a perpetual outsider. We find ourselves new to our congregations, new to our neighborhoods, and unlike most of the people in our clergy gatherings. Even after we’ve had the privilege of serving a congregation for a long time, we may know and love our people, but […]
A little over a year ago, my husband graduated from seminary and we began looking for two clergy jobs. Our search took us to the heart of Texas and to the suburbs of Detroit. We daydreamed about Idaho, California and Maryland. I dreamed, too. I thought, finally, after two long stints as an associate rector […]
Full disclosure: When Tina Fey was hosting Weekend Update in the early oughts, I rocked a pair of tortoiseshell glasses, mostly because my boyfriend at the time had a giant crush on her. But also because here was a woman so funny and relatable that I both idolized her and was pretty convinced if she […]
Thanks to everyone who contributed photos for “The View from Your Ministry” contest! A few of our favorites appear below. Also congratulations to Emily Chapman, who won the drawing for a Young Clergy Women tote bag and other goodies. It is exciting to get a glimpse of the different contexts in which we do our […]
Interview of the Rev. Joyce Borger by the Rev. Sarah Kinney Gaventa When did you know you wanted to adopt? Was it an easy decision? Difficult? I’ve always wanted to adopt, at least it was already in my mind when I was in high school. In my mind there were so many children already in […]
I am not yet a mother, but my neighbors are. Through immersion in their worlds, I have come to learn of the vital importance of the binkie, the swing, the vibrating chair, the Miracle Blanket, Blabla knit dolls, and of course the Boppy. I already loved the decorating and lifestyle website Apartment Therapy, but because […]
My seminary boyfriend broke up with me just a few days before I was supposed to go house-hunting. It was my senior year, and I had just accepted an exciting new call as an assistant rector. A girlfriend of mine named Mary peeled me off the floor of my dorm room and insisted on driving […]