I’m so glad you are here! The “Spacious Faith” title as inspired by Psalm 66:12: “You have brought us out to a spacious place.” I seek a spacious faith that surrounds all that I do and all that I am–with plenty of room to explore and grow. This blog is a bit of a spiritual discipline for me. I pray it is a welcome companion for you along your spiritual journey.
About the Blog
I post a lot of worship material and sermons–because I have to write that stuff anyway. You can use the “Categories” tab (on the right sidebar) to see pieces by type: call to worship, offertory prayer, etc. The “Index” page allows you to look up pieces related to specific texts, seasons, or topics. Please note that I post full sermon texts as pages, not posts; so the only way to access sermons is through the index or sometimes through links on posted excerpts.
Besides worship material, I sometimes post creative prayer practices, parenting insights (aka frustrations), theological musings, art projects, and reflections on other topics of interest to me such as Mennonite Church USA, politics, and justice issues. You may find a humor piece now and then, but most of those get posted in my monthly column on Rev. Gal Blog Pals.
My comment policy is pretty simple: I approve comments before they show up on the blog. Because this is a personal blog, I feel no obligation to allow comments that are in any way hateful and/or offensive. If you do not play nice, I will reject your comments and pray for your immortal soul.
I should also say that what I write represents my views and reflects my mood on a particular day. My views are not necessarily the views of Peace Mennonite Church, Western District Conference, or Mennonite Church USA. Really. Trust me on this.
Using worship material from Spacious Faith:
You are welcome to use material from this blog in your own worship settings. Attribution is appreciated: “By Rev. Joanna Harader, from SpaciousFaith.com.” And I always love to hear from people who find this material helpful.
About me: Joanna Harader
I serve as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, Kansas. I am also a wife, parent, and grandparent. I adore my two dogs (a mini Australian Cattle Dog and an Australian Shepherd/Chow Chow mix), and I am tolerated by two cats who let me live in their house. In addition to the creative work of pastoring and writing, I also enjoy creating art (mostly card-making), playing board games, reading, and napping (not necessarily in that order).
I am an ENFP and am starting to have a pretty firm suspicion that I am an Enneagram 7. So you can understand why I’m not the most consistent blogger. I go through periods of excited, frequent posting, and periods of relative silence. It’s just my way. Don’t be alarmed.