We are Family…

……I got all my sisters with me. That’s about all the lyrics I know from the Sister Sledge song, but they are enough. This weekend I flew to Seattle, stayed with my sister, visited another sister, and met a new sister. I have one more sister yet to meet, and one other sister I have…

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Looking For Land

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Sept 8, 2018 Gen 6:5-22, Gen 8:6-12, Gen 9: 8-17 Our Narrative Lectionary year begins today, not with the story of creation in Genesis, but with a story of destruction. This story, where the earth is buried and drowned under the waters of a divine…

Baptismal Names

This summer at our All Church Retreat, we baptized a young man who happens to be transgender. He was able to claim the name he wanted to claim when he was baptized because he had not been baptized as an infant, with another name. Two other members of the church were also there at the…

Our Whole Truth

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Aug 26, 2018 Psalm 139 (read it all) If you’ve been here a while, you may already know that this is one of my very favoritest passages of scripture. Maybe it’s because I’m adopted, and it is such a powerful idea to have always been…

Gleaning Grace

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho July 29, 2018 Ruth 2 When I have casual interactions with strangers in public places, such as airplanes, coffee shops, or car dealerships, the question I hate the most is “what do you do for a living?” Being a female pastor in Idaho has it’s…

One Identical Stranger

We saw the film Three Identical Strangers last night. Here’s the synopsis of the film from its website: Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families. Their jaw-dropping, feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity, however, the…

My People

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho July 22, 2018 Ruth 1 The Book of Ruth begins by telling us the story took place during the time of the Judges, which is the book immediately before Ruth in the Bible. The Book of Judges ends with this: “In those days there was…