Home for Christmas: Making Room for Christ

When I was young, it was really hard for me to part with things. Once when we were packing up the house to move, my Dad shared with me his rules for if he needed to keep something or not. He said if it’s not worth five dollars or of incredible sentimental value—you can throw …

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Grace expected

I don't share this story often unless I'm in an interview for the candidacy process because I think it's one of the Methodorkiest things about me. I don't blog much anymore because I get to preach and share what is laid on my heart in a lot of different ways that I But at the end of …

Intercultural Babysteps at #UMCGC

Something that has been super interesting to see so far at General Conference has been the ways in which we navigate the "worldwide nature of the church." The convergence of different cultures manifests itself in big big ways: status of women in the global church, the global budget, education for clergy, and of course how …

‘vulnerability is subversive’

These are some ideas from my senior capstone paper on vulnerability, the imposter phenomenon and activism. If you're interested in learning more, let me know! Vulnerability is when we make the decision to share something of ourselves, or engage in work that might put us at risk for criticism, ostracization or other types of harm.  Deciding to …

The Problem With Young, Flower-Wearing, Feminist Youth Directors

...and everyone else. Today I read the post that criticized preachers (especially young preachers, the blog reiterates) for using lectio divina as part of their sermon preparation, arguing that it was taking a subjective approach rather than an objective approach. Completely separate from the messiness of negating the Spirit's role in preaching, and limiting access to …

Socially Just Youth Ministry WINS: $1 Water Bottles

     I'm taking part in an AWESOME Lenten adventure with Leanne, Jarrod and some great college friends. WE are studying the Social Principles and helping each other find new ways to use them in our ministry settings. So I've decided to make this helpful conversation even more helpful by sharing the easiest and most important highlights …

Pick three.

Micah 6:8He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.    And what does the Lord require of you?To act justly and to love mercy    and to walk humbly with your God.1. We are reading texts on liberation theology in my Christian Traditions class. And I've been thinking about how there are people in our congregations and pulpits and blogospheres that still …