People of the Story

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. September 10, 2016 Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-25; 3:1-8 Tonight begins a new year in our Narrative Lectionary readings. Beginning with Genesis, we will read through the broad sweep of scripture between now and Memorial Day. One of the reasons we read scripture every week, and encourage…

Secret Keeping

I blogged the other day about how the shame my birth mother carries is sticky and how her request for me to keep her secret (by not contacting her children, and by extension, my birth family on her side) is becoming more and more difficult for me. First, let me say thank you to the…

For Shame

I have great respect for Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. So I was disappointed to hear Albright recently said this when campaigning for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire: “We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done. It’s not done. There is…

Legitimate

I’m doing some genealogical research about my birth family and I found my maternal grandmother’s birth certificate application that her parents filled out when she was born in 1899. The seventh question asked about her was this: “Legitimate or Illegitimate” I can’t quite fully describe how offended I am by that question. When I read…