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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...

Politics in the Pulpit?

Politics in the Pulpit?

Oct 4, 2012

More crazy preachers on T.V. Why does that thought occur more and more frequently in my head?  Maybe the American election season has something to do with it.  And with Election Day looming closer every day, the impulse for preachers to push their people in one direction or another will likely only increase. I was kind of disheartened—shocked, actually—the...

Gender-Reassignment and the Image of God

Gender-Reassignment and the Image of God

Sep 20, 2012

Of all the issues members of the GLBTQ community deal with, discussing the topic of gender-reassignment and transgendered people can be one of the most difficult to navigate. Gender-reassignment surgery creates perhaps more psychological and theological discussions than any other issue in our community.  No matter how good we become at understanding and...

Jesus Loves You. Have a Condom.

Jesus Loves You. Have a Condom.

Sep 16, 2012

A group of us were sitting around talking, waiting for the weekly men’s group to begin. I was new to the church, still getting a feel for the place, but the pastor’s approach to living out the faith intrigued me. It was an odd place, a challenging place, but there was something powerfully different here: all that old “churchiness” I’d become accustomed to...