Brief Update

I feel that my meeting with the Leadership Commission went well on Friday.  I was able to be heard and to listen.  Each person from my congregation had a chance to speak as well.  The commission began its discernment on Friday and will continue discussing my situation at their next meeting in February. I am…

Why I’m Wearing my Pretty Panties

This might fall into the category of “too much information,” but I will be wearing my pretty panties tomorrow. They are bright pink with black polka dots, a couple of cute bows, some lace. Tomorrow morning I will leave home at 6:15 and travel with five other people from my church to our conference headquarters—about…

Make it Better

In response to several high profile cases of suicide by teenagers who were—or were perceived to be—gay, advice columnist Dan Savage posted a video on YouTube that he made with his husband. They wanted gay teens to know that It Gets Better. Within a month, over 800 videos were posted by a wide range of…

The Pastor Appreciates Harry Potter

Awhile back I heard a piece on NPR about the Harry Potter Alliance. It’s a group of fans who come together around various philanthropic and social justice issues. They sent five cargo planes full of supplies to Haiti after the earthquake. They’ve campaigned on behalf of marriage equality and genocide prevention. They’ve stocked libraries in…

Classes I Wish I Had Taken in Seminary

Sight Reading for the Musically Impaired: This course will teach you how to figure out whether a hymn is suitable for piano, guitar, or a capella singing. In addition, you will learn how to determine if a hymn goes above and/or below the normal human vocal range, and whether or not the rhythms of the…

Disney World and the Church

I have a source inside Disney World who shared with me a disturbing incident. It seems that she was leaving the Disney “underground” to go up to work when she saw a guy getting into a Minnie Mouse costume. With a mere turn of the head she then witnessed a woman pulling on a Mickey…