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Just Another Brick in the Wall…

As some of you know, my ministry is going through a rough patch right now. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in ministry, lay and ordained (admittedly, mostly the former), I’ve been in the work force a while,I didn’t fall off the turnip truck yesterday. But the last few months have been the most difficult I have ever endured, by far. Back in November, I went to a denominational conference. I had a wonderful time—worked my surplice off, but I had a great time. I learned good stuff; attended amazing worship; connected with old friends, renewed friendships, and made new friends; raisedmy profile among my colleagues (which may or may not be a Good Thing); and was energized to come back and put some of those new ideas into place.I came back and hit a brick wall. Now, people who know me will tell you—I’m not exactly the bulldozer type. I didn’t come back and try to impose stuff on people. I don’t lead by commanding folks to fall in line. If anything, I’m too much the opposite—I try to seek c…

Friday Five: Companions for the Journey

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The RevGalBlogPals Friday Five this week is five companions for your journey.

I’m not sure how to look at this: my life’s journey, my Lenten journey, a trip in general? Some of them would be the same anyway, so here goes:1. A mentor and former professor of mine, Denise. She is a gifted Biblical scholar, a warm, insightful and sensitive human being. When I was once going through a difficult time in my ministry, she told me (yes, it is burned into my memory, because it has served me well many times), “On your worst day, you are better than they could ever have expected.” I have actually travelled with her, under some trying circumstances, and I must say she bore the difficulties with more grace than I did. She also plays a mean hand of Hearts, always useful on a trip.2. My friend Dan. He too, is warm and insightful, not to mention supportive. He can see the humour in almost any situation, and get you (or me, at least) to that place as well. I have travelled with him, too, and he is a def…

Travel!!!

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Reverendmother’s Friday Five meme at the RevGalBlogPals is all abut getting out of town… So here we go! 1. What is one place you make sure to take out-of-town guests when they visit? (you can be vague to preserve your anonymity if you like)Here in RiverCity, we have an amazing waterfront. At one time in the city’s history, it was covered with docks, stores, etc. Now it is a miles-long park, with sculpture gardens, playgrounds, topiary, snack bars, fishing spots, fountains, benches, etc. Every year in late June, there is an amazing fireworks display over the river—a joint presentation of RiverCity and Big American City Over There. They’re celebrating JuneTeenth (the celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery in the US) and the Fourth of July—we’re celebrating Canada Day. Everyone in RiverCity, pretty much, goes to the river that afternoon/evening and watches. The best fireworks I have ever seen—and I’ve seen plenty. So I would take (and do take) visitors to see the ri…

Blessing of Relationships

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(On the Sunday closest to Valentine's Day, I like to do a Blessing of Relationships, which recognizes all the relationships that are important to us. Here's what I'm doing this year; it will be right after the sermon)
Today we celebrate the relationships in our lives—those relationships that bring us joy, that nurture and support us, that bring us comfort and love and hope. Perhaps that is your relationship with a partner—Valentine’s Day is coming up. But these supportive and loving relationships can be with a friend, as I feel supported and loved by my friends, or by family--my mother and son and my sisters and my uncles. Whoever it is, bring those people to your mind now, name them in your heart….(Pause)Holy One, pour out your grace and love on us and on our relationships—all our relationships. We thank and praise you for those that nurture us, that give us hope and joy. Bless us, bless our relationships—with partners and spouses, with friends and loved ones and families,…

Sing, Sing a Song...

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This week’s Friday Five from Songbird at RevGalBolgPals is an American Idols edition!Here we go…
1) If I could sing like anyone, it would be either Josh Groban or Judy Collins. That clear, effortless soaring voice is what I aspire to (and rarely achieve).

2) I would love to sing the song--no, I can’t name just one. There are some I think I sing better than others—the Alleluia from Shrek, The Highwayman (Loreena McKennitt version), to name two; and some that are just way too much fun—I Know What Boys Want (The Waitresses), Lucky (Melissa Etheridge), When You’re Good to Mama (from Chicago), and I Am What I Am (many versions). I wish I could sing well enough to sing the Pié Jesú from John Rutter’s
Requiem.

3) It would be really cool to sing atWolfTrapFarmPark (outside Washington, DC) or the KennedyCenter, or MadisonSquareGarden, or Red Rocks Amphitheatre (near Denver, Colorado) or the Hollywood Bowl, or at the General Conference of my denomination.

4) If I could sing a dream duet it would b…

Still Breathing...

Hello out there....

Yes, I am still here. Not likely to go anywhere, either, with the cold outside.

Haven't had time for blogging--my time and energy were used up elsewhere this week, and then I took a much-needed mental health weekend.

But I'm back, and I think I'm comin' out swingin', so beware! I am so over being accommodating!

Hoo hah, Tawanda!!

(To be continued....)