The Gravitational Pull of Shame

Shame’s extra dose of gravity is resting on my chest. It doesn’t press enough to labor my breath, nor bring any sort of panic, but the nerves of my scalp are wired into this additional pull. It’s been two days since shame laid its heavy head down. Words will be the death of me. Also,Continue reading “The Gravitational Pull of Shame”

The Really New Revised Non-Standard Version of the Passion of our Lord

I’m a pastor. Every year, before we read the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, death, and burial, I remind people that when we read “The Jews” in this story, we are not talking about your average Jewish person. We are talking about the religious leaders. The priests, the people in charge of the TempleContinue reading “The Really New Revised Non-Standard Version of the Passion of our Lord”

Omada – Week 4

Health is complicated. It would be lovely if there were a formula for health we could be taught and memorize and apply every day. But, every day is different. Every body is different. Every life has a different set of tools. Every life has a different set of challenges. And those tools and challenges areContinue reading “Omada – Week 4”

Omada Week 1

I should remember this: When I’m frustrated by something, being really judge-y about it, I’m probably learning something important. But, I don’t remember it. I just get frustrated and judge-y, absolutely sure I know better, or at least that I know something is wrong or dumb. And then that familiar feeling starts creeping in, thatContinue reading “Omada Week 1”

Truth for Lent

I have been very productive in my work lately. I’ve worked with a team to craft curriculum for a week of camp focused on prayer. I’ve crafted liturgies for our congregation’s anniversary and to use during Lent. I worked a 14-hour day on Sunday – doing some of the most beautiful things a girl couldContinue reading “Truth for Lent”

ELCA/Portico Biometric Screening

We clergy folk are among the least healthy folk. (Don’t believe me? Here’s just one piece of journalism about it.) I’m a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and my church is doing what it can to help me be healthy. Our benefits services include a “Call to Live Well”, with anContinue reading “ELCA/Portico Biometric Screening”

Waste and Such

I really want to be one of those people who can put all her waste for the month in a small canning jar. I dream of shopping in zero-waste or nearly-zero-waste stores, y’know, schlepping my containers in there to buy the hemp soap and whole grains like barley and farro and fill my olive oilContinue reading “Waste and Such”

Jennifer, Table for One

I have lots of friends who are single. Many of them have been single for years. For me, it’s been 2.5 years of singleness. And I’m noticing something. I do big things alone, now. There are a hundred thousand little things I do now as a single person that are slightly different. I’m finally learningContinue reading “Jennifer, Table for One”