Rescuing Brussels Sprouts

      My husband, Dan, and I went out to the grocery store yesterday afternoon for a few items. We passed a small tent as we were walking in that contained some bedraggled looking annuals and a few random planters. What caught our eye, however, were vegetable and herb plants. Weary, worn and sad, as the old hymn goes, … Read More

A Recipe for Endurance

  ” Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up. So then, let’s work for the good of all whenever we have an opportunity, and especially for those in the household of faith.” Galatians 6:9 (Common English Bible) Mrs. Lois Williams is one of my heroes in the household … Read More

How Long, O Lord?

Photo by Quincy Worthington There is no question that our nation and our world are struggling and while we have a novel coronavirus in our world, there’s nothing novel or new about the tension in our country surrounding the treatment of people of color and the disproportionate impact of poverty, violence, health challenges,  and more upon people of color, and … Read More

A Better Way

It’s early on Sunday morning on the last day of May of 2020 as I write this.  It’s been a year of pain and challenge of varying proportions for the people of the world. Since the beginning of March, we have been contending with an invisible virus of power the likes of which many of us have never experienced.  The … Read More

Matthew 25 and us

        It’s kind of a steady drumbeat in my head. “Eradicate systemic poverty. Dismantle structural racism. Build congregational vitality.” These simple, packed sentences are the foci of the Matthew 25 initiative in the PC(USA).  And my, does the world need the Church to attend to these things and in so doing, share the gospel. Our presbytery signed … Read More

For the Time Being

  Dear sisters and brothers, siblings in Christ, Yesterday’s national news concerning a declaration that churches are essential and that governors should require them to “re-open” provides the Presbytery of Wabash Valley an opportunity to reach out to our congregations to reiterate what we communicated in March and April and again in May:  the Book of Order is clear in … Read More

A Gracious Plenty

I love the  expression “a gracious plenty.”  It’s an idiom that means “a generous amount” or “an elegant sufficiency.” Used to describe a robust Thanksgiving meal or more than enough resources to engage, it’s a positive description.  (“My garden yielded a gracious plenty of spring flowers.”)  It’s not an expression to describe the massive amount of shifts, changes, adaptations, new … Read More

Test Groups and Other Things that Make Me Sad

  People who get to know me often comment that they experience me as a positive person. I naturally see and expect the good, the possible, the hopeful, particularly in people, but also in situations. I think that’s part of the reason that grave injustice, unkindness, inequity, and the potential for harm really stand out to me as well. Because … Read More

Now What?

On Friday, May 1, Governor Holcomb issued the state plan for re-entry for businesses and other organizations and activities by July 4th.  You can find a summary here: Back on Track Indiana. You may find this guide for places of worship to be helpful as well: https://www.backontrack.in.gov/files/BackOnTrack-IN_PlacesOfWorship.pdf The guidance of the presbytery’s Coordinating Council remains the same: we have voted … Read More

What does it mean to adapt?

  Susan Beaumont’s 2019 book “How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going” is helpful for any 21st century leader — and that includes leaders in a pandemic. ( I suggest the paperback version. Don’t faint from the price of the hardcover version.)  Full disclosure: it’s a highly technical read for church leaders, written by a brilliant church … Read More