My days in parish ministry will end almost 18 years to the day after they began when I retire from parish ministry in January.
For the past several weeks I have made time each day to clean, rearrange, recycle, or take home stuff that has been accumulated. The process … Continue reading
Living with a three-year-old has its challenges, and sometimes the constant questions during car rides drive me crazy: “What kind of machine is that?” “What are they going to build there?” “Is that bridge going to fall down?” “Why does that house still have Halloween lights up?” “Why are you … Continue reading
I am not a cradle Episcopalian. My Southern Baptist heritage was devoid of Advent. Our family’s Christmas Eve tradition was to dine at Pizza Inn and go to my grandparents’ house where we read the Christmas story from a ginormous, decorated Bible and opened one gift. I often read it … Continue reading
It’s the end of Advent. This coming Sunday the fourth candle in the Advent wreath will be lit. In the Christmas Pageant Mary no longer waits because the Baby Jesus has been born. Those of us who are parents rejoice with her because we remember the waiting and how difficult it … Continue reading
As a musician, particularly a singer, the liturgical calendar is a bit of a muddle for me. We start practicing “seasonal” music months in advance. So much so that I often find myself rehearsing a little “Joy to the World” as the Halloween candy is dished out; or singing an … Continue reading
A hand lived under my bed. It had no body, mouth, eyes or ears. It was just a hand. And it terrified me at bedtime and in my dreams. I’m confident that this creature was driven by one overarching, insatiable instinct – to pull me under the bed if … Continue reading
In the past couple weeks we’ve all been required to ask serious questions of our “privilege,” that is if we’ve been paying attention to events unfolding in a Midwest city not unlike our own. For many, it’s easy to write this word off as some liberalized form of easy blame, … Continue reading