This week for a class exercise, I was in a group that had to "defend" a position that women should not be in church leadership. The point was to see how different groups use Scripture and tradition to enforce their position, and to note how Quakers have tried to bring equality of leadership to women … Continue reading Subtle sexism and a call to pay attention
Recently I've read some really great thoughts about purity culture (here, here, and here especially). Here's my two cents about purity culture and being naked: I grew up drowning in purity culture. The kind where at the beginning of summer camp the girls would get an extra "talk" without the boys present on how to dress … Continue reading The thing about being naked…
Around September last year, I started reading a book called "Radical Collaboration", which deals with self-awareness and defensiveness in teamwork (and just being with people in general). It has several "testers" to gauge your defensiveness and also your "hot buttons". I was unpleasantly shocked by how defensive I was and how many things I get upset about. … Continue reading In the process of being less defensive, I stopped talking.
Confession makes me uncomfortable. It's not that I'm afraid to tell God what I've done wrong, and failed to do right (I'm pretty sure God has a handle on my failures), but that the word just makes me squirm. Confession. It sends waves of panic and paranoia down my body and my overactive conscience starts to feel guilty. … Continue reading Squirmy Lenten Thoughts
This weekend I journeyed to an adventurous and lively festival known as Wild Goose. In Celtic Spirituality, the Holy Spirit is represented not as a peaceful dove, but a wild goose. And my oh my, did we have a wild and crazy time! There was dancing and body painting, fiery speakers and art everywhere. One of my favorite … Continue reading A Ruckus Rumpus Sort of Worship
On this sunny Earth Day, I find myself thinking about my trip to the coast this last week for Pastor's Conference. Walking on the beach is one of my favorite places to connect with God. It's one of my "thin places" where the walls between God and me get really transparent and we can converse … Continue reading Lessons from Creation
This weekend two things happened: one great, one not so great. I got sick and spent a lot of time sniffling and trying to breathe. The not so great. But, the forced rest gave me time to dive into Pam Hogeweide's book Unladylike. This excellent book's tag line is "Resisting the Injustice of Inequality in the … Continue reading Unladylike