a few weeks after my adoption, Christmas 1968

Power of a Name

  Washington State opened their sealed records on July 1 and I sent away for my original birth certificate. I received my original birth certificate last week. I now know my birth mother’s name. I wouldn’t have thought just a name on a piece of paper, disconnected from any knowledge about her, would be so…

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A Time to…

This weekend, our church went to the Sawtooth Mountains for All Church Camp.   It was great. Good to have a different pace. Nice to have time for random conversations with no worry about what time it was or what was next on the schedule. Fun to sing around the campfire. We were generally ‘off…

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Life Itself

I just saw the new documentary biography of Roger Ebert, titled after his memoir, Life Itself. This film, by Steve James, gets two thumbs up from me. Before seeing the film, I would not have described myself as a big fan of Ebert. I remember seeing him on TV, fighting about movies with Gene Siskel…

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To Remember When Waking

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church on July 6, 2014. Genesis 28:10-19a Dreams are a weird business. Cultures have been interpreting dreams from ancient days. There are numerous dream accounts in scripture, other than this dream of Jacob’s. There are dreams interpreted in the ancient story of Gilgamesh. Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung made…

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Land of the Free?

Originally posted on RevGalBlogPals:
(With apologies to Revgals who don’t live in the USA) Here in the United States, we’re preparing to celebrate Independence Day, commemorating the signing on July 4, 1776 of the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by…

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Whose Religious Freedom?

I spoke this weekend at the Community Progressive event in Julia Davis Park. Here’s a recap of my remarks, updated in light of the Supreme Court ruling today. There seems to be some confusion in our political and cultural discourse lately about what, exactly, constitutes “religious freedom”. The idea of religious freedom is deeply coded…