Global Warming

Yesterday, I ventured out to reconnect with the non-human created world at one of my favorite nearby gardens. I was reminded viscerally of how hot it has been in Florida this summer. We usually get 90° temperatures for weeks but this year there are fewer afternoon rains to cool the evenings. It seems as though … More Global Warming

Balance in Life

My calendar page for August 2020: Pressure on Jesus was relentless, but he still stepped aside for rest and prayer. He was careful to carve out time for the things that provided balance in life. He was not willing to sacrifice a full life for the sake of a crowded calendar. (Eric Hollar, Senior Pastor, … More Balance in Life

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