They Call Me Pastor

The week I got a church, some of my friends at seminary stopped using my name. They started calling me pastor, at least in greeting. When we saw each other in passing in the hallway they would call to me: “Hey, Pastor!” “How’s it going, Pastor!” “Praying for you, Pastor!” Pastor. Then, when I went […]

FUNDRAISER: Standing with Skyesong in the Pursuit of her Dream

UPDATE: We transferred $1094.67 to Skyesong last Thursday. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed!  By Diane Down When I saw the story of Skyesong Alexis and her golfing dreams, something nudged me. I’m not a golfer, but I have dreams and sometimes I feel stuck in knowing how to go forward and accomplish […]

Fighting Fire With Love

Each week during the winter months of the year just past, our Confirmation students would arrive, shivering in the central California coolness, for our very early 8:45 a.m. Sunday classes. My husband would gather wood from a nearby pile and light a fire in the lovely fireplace in our gathering space. One by one, the girls […]

SheLeads: Under Fire

Just like fire, burning out the way. If I can light the world up for just one day, Watch this madness, colorful charade, No one can be just like me any way. —“Just like Fire” (2016), Written by: Alecia Moore, Max Martin, Karl Johan Schuster, Oscar Holter We’ve all been under fire. Sometimes it can […]

Fire in Her Belly

I grew up in the church. The story of Esther was one I’ve heard many times. It’s one of those Bible stories that always compelled me to perk up my ears and pay attention because, coupled with Mary and Martha serving Jesus, it was one of the few stories told about women from the pulpit. […]