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Me and Papa: Thinking About God’s Feminine Side

Me and Papa: Thinking About God’s Feminine Side

May 22, 2014

Sometimes I refer to God as Papa, and if you’ve ever read William Paul Young’s The Shack then you already know what image this title brings to mind for me… I remember the first time I was chastised for not being “manly enough.” My grandma worked at a church-run daycare center in Covington, Kentucky, just across the river from...

Grieving Straightness

Grieving Straightness

Sep 23, 2013

For many, coming out is liberating… But it’s not always this way. Some people are outed. Some are found out. Some are forced to come out ahead of schedule. Some never come out at all, spending their lives living out the fantasy of what it would mean to be someone else, something else. When people ask me about my coming out story, I very often start with a...

Sabbath, Self-Care & Keeping Sane in Ministry

Sabbath, Self-Care & Keeping Sane in Ministry

Nov 13, 2012

One topic that comes up often for those of us in ministry, especially ministry in the grey space, is self-care. When working in areas of tension and even conflict, it’s difficult to not become burned out, cynical, disheartened, frustrated, and hurt. It’s challenging to know when to take a break, to give yourself a sabbath from being in the trenches, as well as...

Sweet Retreat … Apple Sharlotka

Sweet Retreat … Apple Sharlotka

Oct 11, 2012

Food is always best when shared with a friend — eating it and making it.  A few months ago, I stumbled across what has become one of my favorite cooking sites, smitten kitchen. The creator of the site, Deb Perelman, resides in New York City. Even in the matter of a few minutes, it’s easy to see just how much she loves food. This is something we have in common....