Category Archives: Blog Reflections

Being present in abnormal times

You are not abnormal.  You are having a normal response to abnormal circumstances.  I’ve said this sentence a hundred times in my care with and for congregants who were dealing with difficult times.  It is normal that you are struggling … Continue reading

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We were made for these times

There’s plenty going on in the world, in our country, in our state, and in most cases, in our individual lives – that would justify feelings of overwhelm, of denial, of heightened anxiety and reactivity.  And yet lately, I’ve been feeling … Continue reading

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Three Things (or, simplicity redux)

I’m guessing it’ll come as no surprise to most of you that I like to pack my days as full as possible. I’ve been like this my whole life – in 4th grade my teacher started an anonymous advice box … Continue reading

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Who is Willing to Destroy a Piece of Their Own Heart?

At my Community Office Hours last Wednesday, a small group of us had gathered and had been sharing in coffee and conversation for about an hour – we’d been talking about tools of comfort and meaning for non-theists after the … Continue reading

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To be entrusted with this great message

This past week marked the official beginning of my senior ministry at Foothills. As I’ve gotten closer to this threshold, I’ve been thinking about the Rev. Mary Lydia Legget, who in 1900 was the last (and only other) female minister to … Continue reading

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Anger, Love, and the Hope for Change

For a month about simplicity (our church monthly theme), the current cultural moment is anything but simple. Since the news broke on Sunday about the terrible shooting in Orlando, I’ve been back and forth with all sorts of emotions: angry, sad, … Continue reading

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Nothing Simple in a Simple Summer

Our monthly theme at Foothills is “Simplicity,” which makes a certain kind of sense.  We imagine the summertime to have an inherently slower pace, a casual ease, with an abundance of backyard barbecues, long mountain hikes, and weeks of vacation adventures … Continue reading

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