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I was in a meeting with my supervisor last week, moving steadily through a list of agenda items.
Reflect on five year celebration. Check. Discuss plans for upcoming program review. Check. Share dismay at strategic planning event conflicting with Good Friday. Check. Sort of.
My intentions were clear. I wanted to make a simple statement about how we sometimes unknowingly compromise the strength of our shared community when we force individuals to choose between the community and…Continue
When my first child was born, over nine years ago, I had a friend who was a "consultant" for scrapbooking enthusiasts. Good friend that I am, I dutifully hosted a party at my home, bought more supplies than I could ever possibly use, and set about documenting my daughter's earliest days.
The only problem? I never completed her scrapbook--not even close. And the scrapbook I started for her brother three years later? An even more incomplete version of his then young life. Amusingly, I…Continue
To my friends and family in the American Baptist Churches, USA,
I have been a proud member of American Baptist churches for my entire life. I am the daughter and granddaughter (twice!) of American Baptist pastors, my sister-in-law is ordained by an ABC association, and my husband and I eagerly seek out ABC congregations when we move to a new location. In a time when many of our peers are swapping a hymnal and Bible for a cup of coffee and the New…Continue
Despite the resistance to seminary I described in my previous post, I have moaned on many occasions, "I wish I could just go to school full-time." I am meandering my way through seminary, indulging in one class each fall, spring, and summer term. With a full-time profession that supports my family of four, it is a privilege to even crawl my way to a second graduate degree, but it is not uncommon for me to…Continue