church, cultural issues, ministry, personal

On This International Women’s Day

On this International Women's Day, I am blessed to be in a divinity school where around 50% of my classmates are women and, coincidentally, this semester 100% of my professors are women. This year, I have seen some great women (and some great men!) teach, preach, administer sacraments, and lead all manner of things. As… Continue reading On This International Women’s Day

community, ministry, personal, spiritual

Side Effects of a Seminary Semester

I’ve been drafting this one for about 4 months. It’s a chronicle of the “side effects” experienced over the course of my first semester of seminary – those unexpected, sometimes humorous, sometimes meaningful things that start happening and keep happening whether you like it or not. So, if you ever start seminary, maybe watch out… Continue reading Side Effects of a Seminary Semester

church, personal, Scripture, spiritual

In a Foreign Land

"How shall we sing the LORD's song in a foreign land?" - Psalm 137:4 I recently moved to the foreign land of North Carolina. To be sure, I am no Israelite in exile, for I chose to move here of my own free will, accompanied by all the familiar belongings that would fit in my… Continue reading In a Foreign Land

ministry, personal, spiritual, stories, work & vocation

Why Seminary?

"A woman asked me at lunch today -- not in a confrontational way, but just in the I'm-confused way in which it often comes -- 'And why are you going to seminary?'" - Dr. Greg Garrett, Crossing Myself: A Story of Spiritual Rebirth If I had a dollar for every time I've been asked that (and… Continue reading Why Seminary?

arts & creativity, mental health & wellness, personal, spiritual, writing

Maybe We Belong Here

"How is this real life?" I asked myself this question every day last week, while attending the Glen Workshop, which is self-described as "equal parts creative workshop, arts festival, and spiritual retreat." My question emerged from a mixture of feeling awestruck and unworthy. It's a feeling any of us might get if we happen to… Continue reading Maybe We Belong Here