Sunday Prayer

Hear our prayer, O LORD our God. You are perfect in your ways, beautiful in your love, desirable in your wisdom, powerful in your vast mystery. We are in awe and we are in fear. Bless us as we wrestle. Bless us, we ask, with the breaking of a new day. So often we pray...

Prospect

to sit still to do one thing and one thing only to begin and to end a breath without distraction outside my window a man stands on a ladder to paint the ceiling of a parking garage with a brush — a brush for six levels of concrete to do one thing to begin and to...

The Context of Clergy Self-Care

I’ve been known to say to Members in Discernment (the United Church of Christ’s term for those considering and being considered for authorized ministry): “The identity of ‘minister’ belongs to the Church and to Christ, not to you.”...

Talk of Poems and Prayers and Twitter

Brevity can foster creativity, or at least that’s my experience of Twitter’s 140 character limit. Add collaboration to the brevity, and creativity is multiplied! My friend & colleague the Rev. Eric Anderson and I inspired one another with a sequence of...

The Problem with Self-Care

Carol Howard Merritt and I have been talking about clergy self-care — shaking our heads over it, to be honest, as we try to unpack the nuances of self-care in our own lives and in this vocation called ministry. I recently wrote a chapter on the topic of sabbath...

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