Christ’s Most Cherished Resources

Christ’s Most Cherished Resources

Stress filled working conditions and even forced terminations are continuously decimating one of Christ’s most cherished resources, the ministers of His church.  Once upon a time, I experienced this myself and retired, but not happily. I needed time away from…

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…

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 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…

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.

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. 

In pursuit of transformative communities

I want to make what is sure to be a contested assertion: The way that we celebrate Black History month will not result in a transformed or transformative society

We live our lives as a collection of stories. 

During Black…

Unwinding Tornados: Three Conflict Transformations

Conflict can feel like a tornado. 

A triggering event gathers energies, building momentum as it soon starts taking over everything, pulling everything up into swirling chaos. 

Conflict with tornadic force can derail trains of thought and easily uproot the best-laid plans.   

Like a tornado, conflict can rip through a…

Who are we becoming?

I have been a faculty member at CTS since 1991.

I was not looking for a job when a senior professor mentor told me that the seminary was looking for an African American professor.

He knew that I had…