Category: The Pastorate

  • Origin Stories: Celebrating Barberton Friends Church

    Recently, Barberton Evangelical Friends Church in Barberton, Ohio – the first church I ever worked in – celebrated their 75th anniversary. As a token of my own love and appreciation for this community and their investment in me, I wanted to share some of my fond memories and role this community played in my early […]

  • Memory of Love: Practicing Pregnant Absence

    “You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, […]

  • Are You Still Here? Thoughts on Leave-Taking

    After telling a friend of mine that my family and I would be leaving the NW in a few months for a job change, she offered solid wisdom I have hung onto: “Do your best to pay attention to everything that is happening around, the emotions, the reactions, the people who reach out, those who […]

  • Convers(at)ions in Community: On Creating Space for Dialogue Around the Sermon

    Convers(at)ions in Community: On Creating Space for Dialogue Around the Sermon

    This is a third post in a series of reflections on the nature of dialogue and transformation, or “convers(at)ion” as I am referring to it as for a little playfulness (see a and b). These are some ideas of how we try to inhabit some of the ideas of conversations/conversions within our faith community specifically around […]

  • Writing the Ending Is Always Hard

    One of the things I struggle with the most are endings. Whether it is writing endings, envisioning the ending of a project, or saying goodbye. I struggle with exit strategies. I have no problem getting started. I love a good opening story. A hearty laugh or a compelling metaphor. I set goals like a maniac. But when […]