An Army of Deborahs

Two years ago I had the privilege to join a group of Morgantown, WV area women on a bus trip to Washington DC for the first Women's March. I went, not really knowing what to expect. I knew the numbers of those intending to come were exceeding the initial estimation. I knew that there was... Continue Reading →

Pointing Fingers Misses the Point

Several conversations lately have left me staggering to make sense out of how we assign blame to people who are suffering. The first came as we were discussing the plight of minimum wage workers and the current debate about raising the federal minimum wage.  In the midst of the conversation the subject of the woman... Continue Reading →

On Earth as it is in Heaven

A prayer for the girls of Nigeria and the girls of Rivesville, WV Oh, Lord! What it is it about Little Girls with books      That frighten men with guns so? All I can do Is turn my eyes to the heavens And cry out.      Let Your Will be done      On Earth as it is done... Continue Reading →

Peter and the Little Nigerian Girls

Over the past couple of weeks, my personal devotion time has been spent in the non-Pauline epistles.  Today I was re-reading 1 Peter and found myself gasping at the instructions he utters to slaves. As a Christian who views Scripture to be divinely inspired, I can't just chuck it out the window because it doesn't... Continue Reading →

God is an Elephant

I love Stephen Colbert.  But I haven't had time to watch him lately because:  Holy Week. Fortunately, someone else did watch the Colbert Report and caught a priceless gem.  The clip went viral and the day after Easter, when I finally got caught up on my nap and leisurely strolls with the dog, I spied it... Continue Reading →

Enemies: A Confession

The past two Sundays I have felt compelled to include a prayer "for our enemies" in the Pastoral Prayer section of worship.  This is not unique to my style of worship--I often do this.  But during Lent it seems doubly important to remember that God's grace and the gift and sacrifice of Jesus Christ isn't... Continue Reading →

Throwback Thursday: 1989

This past Friday, my good friend Liz and I ventured up to Pittsburgh to see my first musical idol, and the one musician of whom I have been a fan for the past twenty-five years:  Billy Joel.  So, when ThrowBack Thursday rolled around again, I felt myself being overly nostalgic about the music that has... Continue Reading →

You Can’t Love Others From Inside A Box

The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. All the believers were united and shared everything. ~Acts 2:42-44 As I ate my dinner in a hurry today, with a 6:00... Continue Reading →

In Defense of Young People

Today, I was meeting with some of my fellow women clergy at Fairmont State University when we were interrupted with the distressing news that police were on the lookout for a young man they considered to be armed and dangerous.  Within a few moments, the news was exasperated by announcement that the students should evacuate... Continue Reading →

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