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Prayer: Transfiguration Sunday
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O Lord, you are our Lord. Eternal God, you are our God. Brother Jesus, you are the Savior. Sweet Spirit, you are our Life. Many days, O God, we do not know much — not much about crafting peace from war, not much about convicting the world’s greed of its sins, not much about reflecting you with consistency — but we know that you are God. You are the Only One. By your grace, we believe and follow…

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The Movement of the Spirit

The Movement of the Spirit

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I was running to my car in the rain, doing my best to not get completely drenched. The promised wind and rain arrived and that meant traffic would be worse than usual. Lovely. My shirt and hair were drenched, my glasses smudged, and my shoes squished. I hate seeing patients when I’m little more than a frumpy, wet noodle! Grumbling, I took a deep breath and tried to re-focus. The last visit was…

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For all of us (a prayer for pastors)

For all of us (a prayer for pastors)

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On our ecumenical block Sunday at 8 a.m. the Catholic bells are ringing the Presbyterians who come early are starting to arrive and down the way the Methodist church sign asks what’s missing? Right down the street in real life. U R I’ll pass them all soon when I leave for church (mine’s UCC) but for now the dog is snoozing on the kitchen floor a rare moment of peace and so I’m praying for my…

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NaBloPoMo: Church Clothes
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RevGalBlogPals started as a group of… BLOGGERS! (OK, Duh). But in this world of Facebook, I know that I spend less time on my blog. RevGals are encouraging each other to get back in the habit (non-sectarian kind) and blog every day in November in honor of NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). So here’s today’s prompt: Write about what you wear at church (your best clothes, your comfy clothes,…

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There's a Woman in the Pulpit

There’s a Woman in the Pulpit

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I’m excited to announce the publication in April of There’s a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments & the Healing Power of Humor (SkyLight Paths Publishing)

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

It was a joy to edit this collection of stories and prayers written by me and over 50 of my colleagues who are members of RevGalBlogPals. We represent 14…

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11th Hour Preacher Party – Ooh, Shiny!

11th Hour Preacher Party – Ooh, Shiny!

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Believe it or not, we have reached the last Sunday in the season of Epiphany. Lent will begin this week! Whether you are using the Revised Common Lectionary or Narrative, this week’s texts describe the Transfiguration. What message will your people hear before beginning the journey to the cross on Wednesday? RCL preachers: what do you do with Luke’s vision of Jesus with Moses and Elijah on the…

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Friday Prayer: Stillness

Lord, It’s been a chaotic week. I feel aware of how much my body craves stillness. But I can’t forget those families who saw their children murdered this week in Nigeria and who weep over stillness. Be with us in our movement and our grief, In our hustle and in our silence, At the stoplights and hurrying down the road. Meet us. Greet us. Hold us.   Amen.

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Friday Five: Mardi Gras Edition

Friday Five: Mardi Gras Edition

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mile high nachos We’re approaching the days of the “last hurrah!” before the launch of Lent, a time that often feels rushed with finalizing plans for seasonal practices, writing small treatises on the traditions of discipline, sacrifice, and spiritual intention, and taking a breath to tend to our own encounter with Lent–even as we shepherd others through it. A party is definitely in order! For…

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Meet-n-Greet: new friends for everyone!

Meet-n-Greet: new friends for everyone!

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my dinner table, full of RevGal friends from around the world, the last night of BE9 Last week I was at the Big Event with 48 of my closest friends…most of whom I met through this amazing blog network. Some are people I met for the first time when I went on BE3, though it felt like I knew them because we’d been reading each others’ blogs for years. (that’s why we’re RevGalBLOGPals…because…

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Friday Five: Mardi Gras edition

Friday Five: Mardi Gras edition

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mile high nachos We’re approaching the days of the “last hurrah!” before the launch of Lent, a time that often feels rushed with finalizing plans for seasonal practices, writing small treatises on the traditions of discipline, sacrifice, and spiritual intention, and taking a breath to tend to our own encounter with Lent–even as we shepherd others through it. A party is definitely in order! For…

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Friday Five: Mardi Gras edition

Friday Five: Mardi Gras edition

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mile high nachos We’re approaching the days of the “last hurrah!” before the launch of Lent, a time that often feels rushed with finalizing plans for seasonal practices, writing small treatises on the traditions of discipline, sacrifice, and spiritual intention, and taking a breath to tend to our own encounter with Lent–even as we shepherd others through it. A party is definitely in order! For…

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Friday Five: Mardi Gras edition

Friday Five: Mardi Gras edition

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mile high nachos We’re approaching the days of the “last hurrah!” before the launch of Lent, a time that often feels rushed with finalizing plans for seasonal practices, writing small treatises on the traditions of discipline, sacrifice, and spiritual intention, and taking a breath to tend to our own encounter with Lent–even as we shepherd others through it. A party is definitely in order! For…

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Wednesday Prayer

Holy One, In the quiet of this moment, the chatter of my mind grows louder and louder. I think of the people in my life who need your loving courage…(pause and name these people). Then, the clutter of places and pieces of news pepper my thoughts…(pause and pray for these ideas/thoughts). And in the midst of the loudness that I have released to You, I find your Peace.  A flickering warming silence…

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Wednesday Festival

There was a common them of different sorts of passages this week: some are new and exciting, some are cyclical, some are still being pondered. These reflections on the RevGalBlogPal ring are just a sampling of the excellent writing. Please go explore and find some new friends in the ring! “These stories seem inconsequential…That is, until we realize the interconnectedness of it all. Until we…

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Revised Common Lectionary ~ If it's last Epiphany...

Revised Common Lectionary ~ If it’s last Epiphany…

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…it can only mean one thing: our gospel reading is the story of the Transfiguration. When I hear the word “transfiguration these days, Professor McGonagall appearing as a cat outside the Dursley home in the first Harry Potter book is the image that comes to mind. As fantastic as transfiguration is in the wizarding world, it may be easier for us to imagine that what happened on the mountaintop…

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Monday Prayer

O Holy One, Snow days and ice days and sun days and hope filled travels…. All of these things fill my mind today I am in a different place, another country, not my own. And I am with friends, known and unknown, to set off on A Big Adventure. Some made it. Others traveled long and hard and got there with moments to spare Some missed the boat! God of all the things. All the Things Be with…

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