Sugar Maples

I grew up in New England where each spring the maple trees dripped sap to be made into that clear, brown, sweet treat that we poured over ice cream and pancakes. At least once a year, Mom would take us to a maple sugar house to watch the process of making maple syrup and to … More Sugar Maples

Contemporary African American Women Theologians (Part 2 of 2)

This post continues yesterday’s post. I would recommend you read that one first to get the context for this one. Note. In yesterday’s post, I made an incorrect assumption in calling all these theologians womanists. I do not know if they identify their work as womanist approaches. Nor am I sure that this term is … More Contemporary African American Women Theologians (Part 2 of 2)

Contemporary Womanist Theologians (Part 1 of 2)

I have felt helpless in the past few weeks as I watched the #BlackLikeMe protests re-ignite our passions for equality and flourishing lives for all. I am not an activist, though I often feel guilty about not taking to the streets in solidarity with others. I stopped watching the news because the stories are being … More Contemporary Womanist Theologians (Part 1 of 2)

A Distributed Church

As I mentioned in a previous post, this week I completed a three-day online conference sponsored by Faith+Lead of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was an amazing and inspiring interactive learning experience with more than 150 participants, representing churches from across the U.S. and Canada. A second major theme of the conference was … More A Distributed Church

Learning to Pivot

I just completed a three-day online conference sponsored by Faith+Lead of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was an amazing and inspiring interactive learning experience with more than 150 participants, representing churches from across the U.S. and Canada. The theme of the first day was “Learning to Pivot.” Church leaders talked about how they … More Learning to Pivot

Sabbath Time

Until now, I have been thinking of my stay-at-home time as living in a liminal space – the space between leaving behind what no longer is and not yet knowing what is to come. While these threshold experiences are sometimes uncomfortable for me, they are not unfamiliar. After reading Norman Wirzba’s description of sabbath time … More Sabbath Time

Attentiveness

When we become more attentive, a most important result becomes possible: we begin to see the world as it more nearly is rather than as we wish it to be. To be attentive is to know that we are always already in a world that touches, feeds, and responds to us in bewildering varieties of … More Attentiveness