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Pilgrim Poems

If not now, when?   Sacred commutingI am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? —Isaiah 43:19 by Rose Niles In our ancient dreamLet’s make spirit space whereWay stations happenAs hospitalityIncubators, whereAcceleratorsBirth new things toBe characteristicallyStartlinglypredictableEager for GodlyAmazement In continuous patternsLike trains pulling intoThe stationDrop offPick upThen… Read more »

Scribbling Outside the Lines

Playing beyond the boundaries in hopes of finding God and inspiration   Preaching about mental illness Being vulnerable and breaking the stigma by Adam Walker Cleaveland According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in four Americans experience mental illness in a given year. The average size of a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation is… Read more »

justleros = more than just nonsense or disparates

A space for a contemporary woman disciple to give voice to justice concerns in a world where some still think that women’s words are just leros (Greek for “nonsense”) or, in Spanish, disparates   Wisdom buildsA reflection and confession based on Proverbs 9:1–6 by Magdalena I. García Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn… Read more »

Souls of White Folks

A white man’s frank and repentant exploration of how racism finds a home in white folks’ souls.   Tell the story Learning to hear the collective witness of black brothers and sisters in Christ by Jeffrey A Schooley I want to begin with a proposition: (1) Evil prefers to hide from view. (2) Systemic racism… Read more »

Small Matters

Stories of mustard seeds and mountains   Feels like homeThinking we’ve failed because our church is small by Sue Washburn The church smelled like home. As I walked through the door to be interviewed for a ministry job in a small town in Pennsylvania, I was transported back to my own childhood in church. The… Read more »

A Mote in Minerva’s Eye

Seeing without categorizing   Drought dominoesWhat growing a garden in drought-stricken California has to do with the church by Anita Coleman The Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your needs in parched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water whose waters never… Read more »

justleros = more than just nonsense or disparates

A space for a contemporary woman disciple to give voice to justice concerns in a world where some still think that women’s words are just leros (Greek for “nonsense”) or, in Spanish, disparates   God grievesA reflection and confession based on Ephesians 4:25–5:2 by Magdalena I. García And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of… Read more »

Pastorish

Redefining where and when church happens   Emptying outThe un-mastered art of letting go of expectations by Mieke Vandersall I know that for some this may border on heresy, but I have to be honest: I’m not a big fan of the labyrinth. For those who aren’t familiar, a prayer labyrinth is a single, purposeful… Read more »

YoRocko Podcast

Conversations with church leaders about projects that matter   Rocky Supinger talks with Marci Auld GlassPastor Marci Auld Glass talks about advocating and testifying on behalf of LGBT people and women in Idaho. (This podcast was recorded in February 2015.)   <—- Marci Auld Glass was born and raised in Spokane, Washington but ventured to… Read more »

Living In Between

Adventures of a Presbyterian pastor on a Jesuit campus   Fasting with MuslimsMy third Iftar as a campus minister, amid the swirling violence of Chapel Hill, Charlie Hebdo, and Chattanooga by Abby King-Kaiser The noise rose around me as I sat down with my overloaded paper plate. No one was yet at my table, but… Read more »