Category Archives: Clergy

Career planning, part 3

What is your moral state if you have a regular job? Meaning, you’re not clergy, you don’t work for a social justice organization, you’re not in a helping profession. You keep the lights on, maybe, or the supermarket supplied with … Continue reading

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Walking on the Sea, part 4

I’ve given Matthew 14:22-33 my best shot! Here’s a round-up of sermons, where you can hear what actual preachers have to say. Sermons are food. These are from all of the Episcopal and ELCA Lutheran churches on the towns along … Continue reading

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Um, What Should I Call You?

tl;dr: If you have trouble knowing how to address a member of the clergy, “Reverend” will do in a pinch. Also, Episcopalians have status issues. You know how design is information? What do the visual aspects of the following two … Continue reading

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Are You Making Your Rent? Your Mortgage?

Progressive Theology Twitter is going nuts … I dove in … probably shouldn’t have. The people getting exercised over a post about humility: how many of them serve small churches that may not survive this awful time? How much does … Continue reading

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Level with Me, part 1

Come on, O Lord God my Heavenly Father. You know and I know: Nothing changes. Human beings don’t improve, not for real, not permanently. About the best that can be said is that we sometimes fade into each other and … Continue reading

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Whose Voices Do You Listen To? part 2

Did you listen to all the sermons? What caught your attention? What mattered to you? Here are three things that spoke to me: This statement: “Eternal life is to know God.” Is that it? Is it that simple? I felt … Continue reading

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Whose Voices Do You Listen To? part 1

A gift of COVIDtide: you can attend church after church after church through the means of online services. I do realize that, puzzlingly, this is not everyone’s cup of tea, and, it’s true, you can’t be physically present in the … Continue reading

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A Bishop Said

Here’s what one of Your bishops says: As an ELCA Lutheran, we believe that the Bible is a vessel and that through it God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the … Continue reading

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How Are You? part 2

My minister asks me a question, if I happen to see him at coffee hour. Oh God. I mean, back when we had coffee hour, because we were meeting at church in the flesh and all. The question is, “How … Continue reading

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