Make Room

“No room,” they say. “All full,” we’re told. “You’ll have to go somewhere else.” What I’ve come to learn that they’re really saying is that they are full. That their capacity for love is limited– their imagination inaccessible. Closed off. Gone.

Service of Ordination

SERVICE OF ORDINATION 2020 I wish you knew What it’s like How it feels To watch your kitchen table tyrant wrapped in a red cloak of victory

A Litany for Changing Season

The air feels crisper this morning.  The sunlight shines at a different angle.  Change is in the air.    We feel the change not only on our skin, But in our souls.  Something is shifting. 

I’m not praying for you.

I’m not praying for you. I’m not praying for you. I’m not praying for you. As if your tears don’t carry the weight of your hurt, and God is somewhere else waiting to be paged by the righteous. As if the mother alone in her room- partner gone and babies asleep- crashed into the mattress […]

The Attempted Intimidation of Mary Magdalene

This is a poem based on Matthew 28:4, 11-15, reminding us that if the resurrection is for real, we have to #believewomen. You didn’t see what you saw. You think anyone is gonna believe you stayed on your feet when the big strong men didn’t? You think anyone is gonna believe you saw a dead […]


And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in […]

Should and Should Not: Just Trust

When I began to write about God, I was 20 years old, reeling from the end of a four-and-a-half-year relationship, and still struggling to piece together my faith two years after returning to Christianity after a long period of agnosticism. There was very little that made sense to me that summer as I ached for […]

My body is heavy this Advent

My body is heavy this Advent.   Mary of Nazareth’s body was heavy too, or so we imagine in Advent. She is often shown so young and beautiful, demure and obedient, glowing though that may be the halo more than the pregnancy. If we have ever met a real live pregnant woman, we might more […]

The Words

The Words Fall 2017   That they do not come is a trouble to me, And that trouble—at times stacked carelessly among other troubles— accuses me, like other aspects of a self-doubting mind, Of negligence to my vocation, of insufficient time spent on any given task.   And yet, I might not hear the Call, […]

Making a Life from a Living in a Rural Church

They will invite you to live with them, really live with them. Do, if you can. You will learn, in time, a spirituality with a little give to it. How else can the people live between variable sky and forgiving earth, and belong to both, and to one another?   Your salary, which will be […]