Love Them

It was about 5 years ago that our congregation became an Open & Affirming (ONA) Congregation. It took 2 years of study, conversation, and much consternation, but we had an 81% yes vote, and we have never looked back. We lost a number of members who could not deal with this official recognition of who…

Clergy Confessional (3)

While we were in Boston this past weekend, Chris and I searched for a church to attend. There was one that was kind of cutting edge that met in the hotel behind ours, but one Sunday a month (that day, in fact) they go out and do good works instead of worshiping. I’m not sure…

Clergy Confessional (2)

Today I want to talk about music in Church. It may be the thing that we as church professionals (I include Directors of Music, Organists, Pianists, etc) get the most complaints about – and I am not talking so much about the quality of the music (although that is very important), but the kind of…

Clergy Confessional (1)

I love what I do – yes, I really do! I have served in ministry for almost 33 years – that sounds longer than it feels to me – and I have met the most wonderful people you could ever imagine. Pastoral ministry, like all work/vocation, has its good and bad parts. There are aspects…

Re-Creation

We all need to get away – and the picture here is my idea of a perfect vacation. Sun, beach, water, boats, seafood, tiki bars – so many other possibilities. Recreation – re-creating ourselves – is essential to our health. To be whole in body, mind and spirit is to be well-rounded and balanced in…

Bullies

Assignment, and im not sure if I did it right, https://justbuyessay.com/ jeremy wrote in a memo that!

Holy Week

This week is, for Christians, the most important week of the year. We take the journey from Palm Sunday through Easter, with stops at the Last Supper and the Cross. Many schools give this week off as Spring Break, regardless of when it happens. This, of course, is a real problem for churches, since many…

Religion & Politics

It’s a funny thing – church people don’t like when pastors deal with political issues – how that is defined varies – yet they want to be sure that their political leaders are religious in some way. They think America was built as a Christian nation, even though we know that many of our founders…

Telling the Truth

Everyone is still abuzz about the Pew report – the church is dead!  God no longer matters!  The sky is falling! Here’s what I think – I think that for a very long time, people were doing a lot of lying about their faith. They didn’t feel comfortable saying they didn’t go to church, so…

Defining ourselves by who we love

We live in interesting and dangerous times – it’s almost like opposite days when my kids were young. Most of the people proclaiming their faith in God are focusing on hate and violence, while those outside of traditional religious communities are talking about love. This isn’t so strange, I guess, since we have seen this…