This summer I have been taking a course called “Creation Care and Sabbath Economics,” a Christian ecological and economic ethic. Learning about all the ways that our consumeristic, capitalistic society is destroying the environment, exploiting and decimating the poor, and deluding us into thinking we are just fine, has been disheartening and infuriating. I tendContinue reading “Next”

Musings from the Lake

Our family got back last night from six days tucked away in trees and water. I wish I could capture or bottle these experiences to breathe in later, when the craziness of life drowns out its memory. This is sacred time. Holy ground. Gracious space. Treasures to hide away in ones heart, mind, body, andContinue reading “Musings from the Lake”

As Guest, As Host

That word “hospitality” makes me cringe with thoughts of well-polished ladies serving tea with plastic smiles and delicate conversation. The pretense irritates me, while at the same time, the unattainable precision intimidates me. There is no amount of commitment and study that could make me into Martha Stewart or Joanna Gaines. I could go toContinue reading “As Guest, As Host”

St. Thomas and Independence Day

Many of us celebrating the Fourth of July this past weekend were wrestling with the tension that exists between the idealized and reality. On July 4, 1776, our country’s founding document declared freedom from Britain, but not a freedom for all. White, land-owning men could revel in this day, but the rest of us wouldContinue reading “St. Thomas and Independence Day”

Juneteenth and Joseph

When I first began this blog, I was hoping to record a year in which I practiced the Church calendar. Staying faithful to weekly writing, let alone steadfast observance, has proven to be a challenge. Besides basic human busyness, I like new things; I’m a sucker for creativity and starting new projects. I’m not soContinue reading “Juneteenth and Joseph”

The Sacred Heart of Jesus and My Journey to PRIDE

“Is that discernment or is that fear?” This has been my life-long battle of attempting to follow Christ, to know God’s heart. My fear of rejection, my desperate grasping and striving to earn approval, only to then circle back to the fear of losing it once I think I have it- this gets all enmeshedContinue reading “The Sacred Heart of Jesus and My Journey to PRIDE”

Trinity Sunday and Biblical Womanhood

Trinity Sunday was celebrated throughout the Global Church this past weekend, and I can’t help but think about the implications of my Trinitarian theology on my life as a woman. I have read and heard pastors, scholars, and teachers try to justify subordinate biblical womanhood on the foundation that Christ submitted himself to the Father.Continue reading “Trinity Sunday and Biblical Womanhood”

Pentecost 2021

As a white, middle class, middle-aged, cisgender female, heterosexual, Global North, American, Christian, I have a particular view of the world. It is shaped by my experience, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, education, history (or the history I have been taught), media, family dynamics, socio-economic status, geographical location, etc. Every human has a uniqueContinue reading “Pentecost 2021”

For the mothers under a cross

This Mother’s Day we acknowledge every mother who has spent time under a cross. We see you, mother who is waiting for a positive pregnancy test, for the word “viable,” for the fear of “never” to be over. We see you, mother who had to hold your child as they breathed their last, or whoContinue reading “For the mothers under a cross”