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Monthly Archives: July 2006

I don’t know when the shift happened. It seems like just yesterday that I was the intern. Now I HAVE interns. How very strange.In my two summers of supervising pastoral interns for field study experience in ministry I have had the incredible good fortune (blessing of the divine, that is) to work with young ministers who are not just good but truly wonderful–in both cases women who are certainly called to pastoral… Read More

If holiness is directly relational to how many pictures of Jesus one owns, I have to say this congregation is far holier than I’ve given them credit for. In our recent move we’ve unpacked an astounding array of pictures of Jesus, which are now propped up on the floor of the church library.I’ve toured museums in Europe and never seen the vast collection of different renderings of Jesus that I recently came… Read More

I came home a few nights ago to fireflies everywhere. It was just dusk, halfway between the heat of the day and the dark of the night . . . you know, that time of day when everything looks a little softer around the edges. Those few moments on the porch watching fireflies gave me pause. See, I love the way they fly, kind of heavy in the air, like they are… Read More

In the course of conversation the other day a friend declared, “Every dog has his day!” Truthfully, I’ve never given much thought to the deeper meaning of this colloquialism, and neither have I stopped to consider how very strange it must sound to someone listening in. All I know is that, though I don’t like them very much, we happen to own a dog, and if “having his day” means an experience… Read More

“To consider your preaching of more importance than the opening of a flower is to leave the narrow path. To value certain appointments on your daily calendar and resent others as intrusions is to misunderstand the Word. To esteem and enjoy some people in your parish and to discount and dismiss others is to wobble blindly. To meet the needs of others and ignore the whispers of your own soul is to… Read More

“You should really ride the bus,” my friend Jess told me the other day. Usually I take Jessica’s advice—she always recommends great books. But in this case I was not too sure. Of course in this city public transportation is pretty chic, you know. We ride the Metro, and you can definitely be cool and ride the Metro at the same time. In fact, a lot of people think you are not… Read More

The whole point of having children while we were young, Mark and I told ourselves, was so that we’d still be able to walk when they headed out the door to college, leaving us free to join the Peace Corps, take up sky diving or sail around the world. You know, whatever might strike our fancy. That plan seemed to be working rather well. When the care of three energetic children and… Read More

One of the greatest gifts of my first few years here at Calvary has been the opportunity to be part of a group of young clergy coming together from all different denominations and various geographical locations around the country to learn together about leadership. We meet several times a year for two years, and we’re currently in Boston for our second-to-last meeting. At every meeting we discuss a specific topic and hear… Read More

Friends make the world go ’round and all that . . . being as I once was a middle school girl myself it has taken some years, some pain and some investment to find out that it’s true—life is really much richer with a few good friends. Which is all well and good when you are single and have complete control over the people with whom you spend your time. The task… Read More

Alas, I am aware that I am not Marcus Borg, but in my small way I try to be like him. A little. Marcus (as I like to call him) recently wrote a book with John Dominic Crossan called The Last Week, a detailed account of Jesus’ last week before the crucifixion. (It’s very good, by the way.) In Marcus’ honor this blog entry is entitled The Last Day, and it is… Read More