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When the People Die

There is a little saying that pastors use when we find ourselves facing a situation that is unexpected or requires a skill we don’t have. It is: “They never taught me THAT in seminary!” Seminary is the school a lot of us attend to train for vocational ministry. We learn a lot of important things…

The Year I Decided To Do Things I Was Bad At

I have always hated doing things in front of others that I’m not good at. I don’t like looking stupid. I don’t like seeming inadequate. I don’t like failing at things. To avoid any of these possibilities, my strategy for most of my life has been to simply NOT do things where I wouldn’t excel.…

When It’s November and You’re Grieving

When someone is grieving, there are a lot of times that we anticipate being difficult: first birthdays, special occasions, anniversaries of the loss, and, of course, Christmas.  Christmases after the loss of a loved one are forever different. It is hard not to dwell on the empty seat at the table and the gift NOT…

A Reminder for My Weary Sisters

It happens sometimes, as a woman pastor.  You get a little weary of it all.  Weary of having to defend yourself. Weary of feeling you’re not taken quite as seriously. Weary of putting a positive spin on it. Weary of pretending it doesn’t bother you to be working with people who smile at you warmly…