it's awkward here, isn't it? here on this page where you have come to figure out who i am and what i post and why i post it - as if a few words and photos chosen for aesthetic could somehow be fully authentic. let us be honest with one another: you want a peek [...]

hogmanay and halal

The church - a sanctuary where the ones who are not like us find not only welcome but belonging with us.

Shades of Gray

The rythmic pump of oxygen is there. It's faint, but it comes on the 5 or 6 count - unexpectedly and quietly. It's a gentle breeze puffed into the century-old body. 100 years of life that began in 1916. Imagine that. And I steal a few moments to sit with him and draw out the [...]

A God Who Calls Women to Pastor

It is Friday afternoon and my 14-year old folds her tall frame into the passenger seat.  “Mom, I am so angry.” Uh-oh. My mother’s heart braces for teen-age trouble. “Today in class, Mr. X. said that women cannot be pastors because they are inferior to men. And Mom, when I told him I think God has [...]

waiting

The streets of Sofia are uncharacteristically quiet this Good Friday morning. There is the occasional car, the steady whiz of a city bus, the sporadic pace of a pedestrian, but the city is walking this day in a reverent kind of hush. Even the bright and glorious Thursday sunshine has dimmed her brilliance to a [...]

seeking sanctuary

Truthfully, you cannot nod your head as the US responds to blast a chemical plant in Syria without also recognizing that the reason Syrian people began to flee 2 years ago was a valid one. Perhaps now we understand a little better? I met the kids you see pictured here in the distance during one [...]

when women preach

  She had just blazed through a list of reasons why she did not like the Church and, 'did not like' is perhaps too polite because the emotion of it was anchored in something deeper and stronger: She was not the first during that weekend to express anti-church and anti-God sentiments. In conversation after conversation it [...]