#NoPlasticsForLent

I’m a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and many of us have taken on the Lenten discipline of fasting from single-use plastics. I used to be a teacher, and there’s a teaching method called frontloading we could use here. Frontloading is that thing your teacher did when, before you read aContinue reading “#NoPlasticsForLent”

On Healthy Leave-taking

As I prepare to leave my first call, I am desperate to do it faithfully. In the ELCA, there are rules in place for every pastor who leaves every congregational call, and those rules all really boil down to one thing: You are no longer the pastor of that congregation, and God is calling someone else toContinue reading “On Healthy Leave-taking”

Is It Worth It?

It’s a whole lotta money. 9 people. 9 airplane tickets 4 hotel rooms 9 registration fees 27 meals a day It’s more than a thousand dollars per person to attend the ELCA National Youth Gathering – and the pre-Gathering conference called MYLE (Multi-cultural Youth Leadership Event). When I think of what that kind of moneyContinue reading “Is It Worth It?”

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”

remembering the gentle way Love shows up

I am a pastor in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). Most pastors in my tradition don’t choose the biblical text from which we will preach each week; we use a lectionary, a calendar of texts. Some use the Narrative Lectionary which has us reading through the story of God and God’s people…as aContinue reading “remembering the gentle way Love shows up”