Reading and Writing Wednesdays

  Here in the dog days of summer there are a few quiet moments and I’m bound and determined to slow down and work at resuming blogging here. I love to write, and I love the Presbytery of Wabash Valley, so this should be easy. I’m catching up on some neglected reading and am absolutely loving Canoeing the Mountains by Tod … Read More

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

  Here is a sample of some mission statements from around our presbytery: As a Presbyterian family, we are an imperfect people seeking to serve a perfect God. We believe we experience God’s grace through worship, study, and mission work. We seek inspiration, education and guidance that is Christ-centered and Biblically ­based. We seek to glorify God in word and in … Read More

Building a House

Years of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity has hammered home the message to me of how rewarding and wonderful collaboration on a shared mission can be. (“Everyone deserves a decent place to live.”) Communities of faith build strong foundations when there is relationship, openness and trust. Relationships are formed out of hospitality. (If you’re seeking a great book on congregations … Read More

Resources in a new year

Occasionally I’d like to use this space to highlight resources to encourage congregations and their leaders. Looking for some new year inspiration? Coach Rebekah Simon Peter offers some great words here: https://www.rebekahsimonpeter.com/quantum-leaps-of-faith/ The Presbyterian Mission Agency offers this terrific toolkit for congregations wishing to lean into change: Vital Congregations Immediate Toolkit Louisville Seminary is offering collaborative grants for teams of … Read More

We Have Seen His Star

January 6th marks Epiphany on the liturgical calendar. I haven’t checked with Hallmark, but I doubt that sales of Epiphany cards are contributing anything to greeting card sales’ bottom line.  Many have taken down their Christmas decorations, and congregational leaders have turned their attention to officer training, annual meetings and perhaps even planning for Lent. It’s too bad that so … Read More

A Bigger Table

John Pavlovitz’ new book, A Bigger Table, published this fall by Westminster John Knox Press, is a thought-provoking and helpful addition to the conversation about what it means to navigate change in the 21st century Church. I was delighted to be asked to review A Bigger Table for the Englewood Review of Books, an Indiana gem.  You’re welcome to read the review here. … Read More

A Rich, Robust, Rodeo of Resources

I’m so impressed by the array of articles, books, podcasts, and blog posts that pop up all the time around congregational enrichment and vitality and how challenging and rich it is to lead in these times. There’s no shortage of really interesting and thoughtful offerings. The only shortage, I suspect, is the amount of time one has to explore the … Read More

In life and death, we belong to God.

It’s good to be back in Indiana and back to Wabash Valley. This week our esteemed Stated Clerk and Stated Clerk-elect and I have enjoyed time with clerks and pastors and others in two locations, where we heard stories of joy and encouragement and goal-setting. The heart of the time was spent in peer review of Session records, and the … Read More

Broken, Holy Hallelujahs

In the winter of 2015, I was nominated to serve as a chaplain at Presbyterian House at the Chautauqua Institute for this coming week. The end of the summer of 2017 seemed a long way off. It wasn’t all that far off. I heard from the people at Presbyterian House, asking for my plans for worship on Sunday, August 20. … Read More

Jennifer’s Blog

Welcome! Welcome to this new blog, Seeds: Seeing What is Invisible, a spot for thinking out loud about possibilities, passions and partnerships in the Presbytery of Wabash Valley. The blog’s title draws upon a year of worshipping in many congregations throughout our presbytery, thinking in session meetings and presbytery assemblies and workshops and in the car as I traverse the … Read More