My book, Embodied: Clergy Women and the Solidarity of a Mothering God is about sharing the experiences of pastors who are also mothers. I am honored that 16 women from 7 different denominations are sharing their stories during a blog tour to celebrate the book launch next month!
Would YOU like to help launch Embodied into the world? It is now August, so that means she enters the world next month! It is time to assemble the launch team. What does this mean? Here are some things you might do, as part of the launch team: Pre-read a PDF of the manuscript, in… Continue reading Book Launch Team
Fifteen years ago I was ordained in my home congregation, making vows and promises that I truly meant. Yet I also felt unsettled, because ordination in the Lutheran church is aimed specifically at pastoral leadership in a congregation. I knew that I was not called to that type of ministry for the long-term, but… Continue reading My Ordination Anniversary and a Constellation of Ministries
Ancestors have been coming up with more frequency than usual in what I'm reading and reflecting on lately. In her video message and article around the Commemoration of the Emanuel 9 June 17, 2020, Pastor Kwame Pitts speaks about what it means to venerate African-American ancestors who struggled against racial injustice in their own times,… Continue reading The Cloud of Witnesses
I wrote a blogpost about editing right after I turned in my full book manuscript last November. I wondered at the time if I would have anything new to say once I got further into the process. Now that I have passed (nearly) 3 more phases of editing, finally receiving the somewhat ominous words in… Continue reading Editing: Parts 2, 3 & 4
People of God, We'll make meaning out of all this later. Or as Olaf sings in Frozen 2, “This will all make sense when I am older!” I wish, Olaf, I wish that were true. We will interpret and spin what God did throughout this crisis, for us or through us, afterward. We will try… Continue reading Recognizing Jesus on the Road Now
It is after Easter, when there are glimmers of resurrection, and whispers that perhaps the traumatic ending will not last forever. We are also getting to the point of the coronavirus pandemic when we are asking what it will mean. There is pleading (please, let this terrifying collective experience mean something of value) and warnings… Continue reading The Women Insist: Resurrection Must Change Us
The novel coronavirus has gotten into my extended family already, and I was asked for a message specifically about living through this horrible time right now. The Scripture passage that came to mind first is Jesus praying with his disciples in Gethsemane, found in Mark 14, among other places. First, a word about what I… Continue reading COVID-19 Sermon
No, I do not really have the time. But yes, I will absolutely help with your book launch! I will show up to your launch events because I know how much it means for people to show up. Especially in a care-giving profession where the “ministry of presence” is part of both my roles as… Continue reading Of Course I Will Help With Your Book Launch
Sometimes during MN winters, cancelling worship is the right thing to do. Here's the sermon I would have preached, if it hadn't have been for the snowstorm.