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  • There has never been a better time to resist and reset for Lent
    2/22/2020 There has never been a better time to resist and reset for Lent
    Realizing that it might sound like a TV ad, “There has never been a better time for Lent,” seems to be my ear worm. My heart is crying out for peace. The contempt in the air is palpable. The us versus them mentality pervasive, the he said, she said sexual abuse stories, partisan politics, gun violence, and everything social media, seem to be a deafening sound that will not be quelled by normally sane people.
  • Faith is independent in face of hatred
    2/15/2020 Trigger warning, this column may read as a letter to the editor. This week has been soul crushing. It has been made of the stuff that Satan just loves, that is if you believe in Satan. No one can deny the attitude of anger, hatred, and vitriol that has been spewed by both sides of our political leadership; it is made of evil. Personally, I am disgusted by the whole impeachment process, the partisanship of how things have worked out. The lines drawn of what is right and what is wrong has been co-opted by evangelical pundits and our top government official, whose name I cannot say; but you know of whom I’m talking.
  • Resolutions and still needing relaxation
    2/1/2020 January was supposed to be our reset month. It was supposed to be setting new resolutions, not just for the year, but for the decade. Not just for the decade, but for this next chapter of what it means to be a full time working wife with a retired husband. Lots of women have done it, but let’s be honest, it is not an easy transition. We were supposed to use the month of January to recalibrate, figure out the rest of our lives. Believe it or not this extended vacation made us more stir crazy than relaxed. We ended up coming home nearly a week early.
  • Living life with my politics and my prayer
    1/25/2020 January has been, for my husband and I, a time of recalibration. We have spent the month unwinding after life in the political arena. John now retired from his mayoral position, and after sixteen years, means that I am no longer married to the mayor. We have both loved serving in this very public position. Even though I was not a paid employee, I like to think that I had an influence over some of the goings on in the community. Truth be told, we will both continue being of political minds, and active in politics because we both love and care for people and our community. For me, I can now rest fully in the non-partisan realm of politics. Yes, Virginia there is such a place, and I invite you here.
  • Being in the Council of Representatives in my House of God
    1/17/2020 It is my honor and pleasure to serve on my synod’s, Council of representatives. In layman’s terms this means that our Bishop, William Gafkjen serves as our mayor, and the Council is the policy and fiscal body. The Council is made up of two thirds laypeople and one third ordained pastors and deacons. The Council is elected by area and there are term limits. I am in my second and final term. There is a saying, “You don’t want to see how the sausage is made,” but I have found our governance activity to be a sacred act of participation, in the life of the church.
  • In the time after Epiphany
    1/11/2020 Here we are in the time after Epiphany, when Christ is revealed to us as a baby; fragile, and wet, wrapped in clothes, ripe with hope and expectation of a new future, Emmanuel, God with us. So many questions, what does this mean? How will we change? Is there truly hope that this war torn world of power hungry governments will change their vision toward peace and love? I hate being cynical, but no, probably not.
  • Resolutions, We all do them
    1/4/2020 Maybe you are sick of everybody talking about them. Tired of seeing the plethora of social media posts, regaling readers about resolutions and new beginnings. Some of us are happy that we are starting a new decade, others had a pretty good 2019 and are worried 2020 cannot get any better. Whether or not you are a regular at making a list of resolutions, we all generally make them. It might not be at the first of the year, maybe it is on our birthday, or any given Monday. Most of us want to do better, be better humans, and take better care of our minds, bodies and souls. Resolutions are not just for New Year’s Day.
  • The question on everyone’s lips
    12/21/2019 The question on everyone’s lips, “Are you ready for Christmas?” I hear it every day, multiple times. Nope, I am not ready. I am never ready. The difference between my younger self and my wiser self, is to be ok with this fact of life, this season of Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays, family gatherings and parties.
  • Deconstructing and Reconstructing the Christmas Story
    12/13/2019 It is true that the Roots of Life Community, is unlike any other faith community. We are full of people who are in a deconstruction and reconstruction phase of their faith life. As a rule, our people are comfortable questioning the traditions and the teachings they learned as children in Sunday School. Many who find us are either coming to us as the last resort before they leave the church altogether, or they are coming back to church (after “churchcation”) looking for a new way to be Christian, or just “church people.”
  • Wait for the Lord
    12/7/2019 Prepare ye the way of the Lord! Make way! Four weeks before Christmas Eve the church puts her nose down and urges her people to be intentional in planning, and preparations. She rails, “It is not Christmas time yet!” Christmas season happens after baby Jesus is born! Instead, we wait for the Lord, and we remember stories of, John the Baptizer, Elizabeth and Mary, Zechariah and the shepherds. We intentionally light one candle a week on the Advent wreath, until we finally light all five on Christmas Eve. Advent is about waiting and leaning into the themes of Hope, Joy, Peace and Love.
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