April 21, 2015

Willis Sister Email Exchange

This is seriously one of the best Willis Sister email exchanges of all time. It makes me awfully glad Gmail archives emails as conversations.

September 17, 2007
Katherine writes: 
"the ting tings, "that's not my name"
you can hear it here: http://www.myspace.com/thetingtings
i just heard it on kcrw and nearly had to jump up and dance myself"
May 6, 2009
Katherine writes to Marie, who apparently made an offline Ting Tings reference:
"do you remember me sending you this email? because i have to say, I TOLD YOU SO!!!"
May 3, 2012
Elizabeth writes:
"ahem, I just bought the Ting Tings this morning. WHAT THE HELL TOOK ME SO LONG?? 2007 is when you sent this???"
Katherine writes:
"Rolling my eyes so hard it hurt. It seriously takes you THAT long to take my recommendations??"
Elizabeth writes:
"ACCIDENT! MUSIC RECOMMENDATION FAIL!"
Marie writes:
Ha I was JUST listening to The Ting Tings this week-one of my favoRites. CAUSE I LISTEN...

April 17, 2015

There's a Woman in the Pulpit: Book Release

Way back in the earliest days of my ministry, I happened upon a brand new community of bloggers: the RevGalBlogPals. It felt a bit like finding gold, or the elusive needle in the haystack. I was overwhelmed by my new vocation, and feeling very, very lonely as a solo pastor. I missed my seminary friends like crazy, and had never before faced the challenge of making friends in a new situation without the benefit of having classmates or coworkers.

I made some lifelong friends through RevGalBlogPals. Some have become friends in "real" life; others still seem to live on the Internet. I also contributed to the first two devotional books the group self-published - A Light Blazes in the Darkness and Ordinary Time. In a very real way, this community has been an invaluable resource as I make my way as a writing pastor. This is why I am so delighted and honored to have contributed a chapter to There's a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments and the Healing Power of Humor, just out from Skylight Paths Publishing.

My essay, "The Parson," incorporates material on boundaries and pastoral identity that I presented at the 2030 Clergy Gathering last year. It begins like this:


I don't have my hands on a copy of the book yet, but I trust that it will be filled with precisely what the subtitle promises. You can order a copy through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or directly from Skylight Paths Publishing - or request through your local bookshop.

A big, heartfelt thank you to Martha Spong, one of the original RevGalBlogPals.

(I squealed the first time she commented on my blog. True story.)

April 16, 2015

Healing Christian Healing

Spring 2015 - Christian HealingWhen I hear the word healing, I think of it in medical terms. I think of doctors who diagnose sickness, treat injuries, research diseases, and work to prevent the onset of pain and illness. I think of state-of-the-art cardiac units and Doctors Without Borders. I think of amoxicillin (despite the fact that it gives me hives).

When I hear the phrase Christian healing, however, my mind switches channels to the worst of what religious broadcasting has to offer. A lot of hucksters out there dangle the promise of miraculous cures to those who would just summon the faith to buy them. There is never a lack of suffering in this world, and with the right balance of illusion and charisma, con artists can make big bucks by exploiting it.
 

Wearing God: A Review

Lauren F. Winner’s Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God is playful, serious, informative, devotional, and as important as it is gratifying. As a reader who has long been unable to resist Winner’s engaging if uneven oeuvre, I read it with the sort of joy one feels when watching someone utterly hit their stride.

Everyone has always liked to talk about Winner’s youthfulness. Plenty of ink was spilled over the horror of a 26-year-old memoirist. But Winner is no longer notably young. She’s written her way through more than a decade of life since “meeting God”—writing about sex and faith and divorce and doubt. Her work plots a religious life over time, the disarming girlishness of her early work giving way to the stark voice of Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis. It’s only by looking at the whole shelf that you see the inevitability of Wearing God. Of course this is the book that follows the mid-faith crisis, just as the crisis followed the conversion.

... read the rest of the review at the Christian Century. 

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