Solace

My birth mother died this morning. She had been in failing health for a while. I don’t know what I am feeling.  I am sad. And I’m sure I will feel more sad at some point. I’m also grateful, not to replace or ignore the sadness, but as a companion to it.  Before Washington State…

Evening Prayer

Here’s the prayer I offered in our modified, live streamed worship service tonight. (The words are mine. It was inspired from a prayer in the Reform Jewish Prayer book, Mishkan T’filah—A Reform Siddur.) Let us pray: O God, we are in uncertain times. And we are adapting our schedules, our practices, our sports, our meetings,…

Church in the time of Corona

With apologies to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who wrote Love in the Time of Cholera,  the world we’re in feels like it should be re-written by a magical realist. Because actual reality stinks. The World Health Organization has declared pandemic status for Covid-19, the coronavirus. The WHO Director General said, “WHO has been assessing this outbreak…

Covid-19 Coronavirus Update

This is the letter being sent to the church today. In the hopes of catching people the email might miss, here it is again: Southminster Boise Health Plan  March 12, 2020 As the news and concern over the COVID-19 situation continues, we at SPC are taking prudent steps in order to keep our community healthy.…

Testimony against HB 500 (which would discriminate against transgender kids in athletics)

This is what I said this morning in committee. After hearing considerable testimony against this bill, the committee voted along party lines to send it to the House. My name is Marci Glass, and I am the pastor of Southminster Presbyterian Church on the Boise bench. I am here to urge you to vote against…

Star Word: Beloved

This weekend in worship, we will be drawing our new star words on Epiphany. You can read more about star words here. This past year’s word has been beloved. It is a lovely word. In truth, it is the sermon I preach again and again and again. We are God’s beloved children. So are the…