A Call to Compassion

A Call to Compassion

 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.”  Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple…

Your Advice Isn’t Helping

Some time ago someone sent me an e-mail asking for advice on a matter.

I wrote back saying, “I don’t give advice,” though I did provide some resources related to the question.

Later, this person asked me to explain what…

We’re all in transition!

After serving two long-term pastorates over 37 years, I spent my next nine years as an Interim minister serving in four churches.

In those interim positions I came to realize something I had missed seeing in my long-term pastorates –…

The Balancing Act

When I was a teenager I had the opportunity to play in a woodwind quintet for a wedding. It turned out to be a highlight of my musical experiencemy clarinet joining in with the flute, oboe, bassoon, French horn.


The Stuff of Life

Recently I found a new call and made the big move from Tennessee all the way to California.

I have spent weeks unpacking boxes of books and personal mementoes, each time asking myself how I could have acquired so much…

Get Understanding

Few things escape the consequences of their own success.

This axiom seems true even of Bowen Family Systems Theory.

It seems that systems theory is now the “in” thing—never have there been as many courses on it, or more “experts”…

What We Need Is Here: Practicing Resurrection in a Season of Social Distance

Among my favorite passages from the Hebrew Bible is Joshua 3: 1-5. The NRSV version reads like this:


 Early in the morning Joshua rose and set out from Shittim with all the Israelites, and they came to the Jordan….

“Don’t Forget About Us!” Ministry with People Isolated by Disability

“How can the church support you these days?” I asked a single mom, “Ronda,” whose 10 year-old is medically fragile.

Ronda replied, “My favorite verse for this COVID season is Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,…

Moms in Ministry: An Inside Look Into Motherhood, Part 2

This post is Part 2 of the Moms in Ministry: An Inside Look Into Motherhood feature in honor of Women’s History Month. To read Part 1 with CTS moms, Felicia Thimas (FT) and Amy Remaklus (AR) click

Moms in Ministry: An Inside Look Into Motherhood, Part One

We know the numbers. We know the symptoms. What we don’t know are the endless stories tied to  the pandemic common thread. Where do our stories intersect? How are they similar? How are we coping?

In honor of Women’s History,…

The hardest lesson I’m grateful I learned: letting go 

The title “The hardest lesson I’m grateful I learned: letting go” is a bit of a misnomer.

I am in a years-long process of learning to let go.

As the oldest daughter, of an oldest daughter, (who was a minister’s…

The Spirituality of Dialogue

I am excited to explore what is for me a new adventure in the spiritual formation program: the spirituality of dialogue.  

There is the far-too-narrow notion that spirituality is strictly one’s own business, something cultivated within one’s self with God, or in the company of others in prayer and Lectio Divina.  

But I’ve come…

10 Books to Read with your Child

Today (March 2nd) is Read Across America Day!

Celebrated on the same day as famed children’s author, Dr. Suess, Read Across America Day was founded in 1998 by National Education Association (NEA) to celebrate reading annually in the U.S.

What are the elements to effective instruction?

When I review video presentations for a project, I primarily screen them for delivery rather than content.

It’s amazing how many basic rules of good communication presenters break—consistently—even professional speakers and celebrated “master teachers.”

The other side of the equation…

Awareness for Communities of Faith: The Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Impact of COVID

Dealing with the physical aspects of COVID has received a lot of attention in media. 

However, the mental, emotional, and spiritual impacts COVID is having, particularly among COVID survivors, needs far greater awareness than it is currently receiving.