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Create more. Consume less.

I woke up early this morning. The dog spinning in circles, jumping at my face. She demanded I take her out before coffee. Which I did. A short stroll around the apartment complex she happily relieved herself. I mused about what I might do today, feeling like there was a lot but not really. A long list of things that take little time: clean the bathroom, vacuum, return some emails, and so on. But what do I do? Back up to the third floor. I make my coffee and oatmeal, and them binge watch Netflix. Househunters my drug. I make excuses about it like, “Well, we are planning on buying a house.” Like somehow this is a part of my research. After a few episodes, I think, I should listen to that book on dogs, only a few more hours and I’ll finish. Continue reading

Episode 6: Paige Cargioli, Death and Hope in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Paige:

Another ascetic sermon for the womeninpreaching podcast!

Originally posted on Women in Preaching:

Before sermonizing this week, I wanted to let you know about Cari Pattison at the Reformed Church of Bronxville, if you go to reformedchurch.org, you can listen to her sermons, and from what I’ve heard so far, are pretty fantastic.

Today, I’ll be doing a little bit of “emergency preaching” on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Readings for the week are here.

Listen along to the podcast here.

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3 Things I Desire: El Camino de Santiago

It’s been a big year.

From

September 2013 to June 2014 I was living in Boston, working in Tech Support, attending mass, going to confirmation class, got confirmed, got engaged, simultaneously attending Brookline Church of Christ, preached a few times, enjoyed it, was confirmed Catholic.

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50 days in Spain over the summer. Prayerfully walking the Camino de Santiago. A truly incredible privilege.

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August 2014: moving to Florida, every other day working as a school counselor in a Catholic school K-8 OR Catholic college New Testament Professor, creating a podcast: Women in Preaching, planning a wedding (January 2015). Continue reading

Women in Preaching Podcast

I started podcasting this week. Here is my first sermon.
Don’t ever procrastinate making a podcast. It should be up in iTunes next week (fingers crossed!) Until then, and while we are patiently waiting for iThings to do their magic, you can have a listen right here.

That being said, here is Episode 1! Yay! Next week is Katherine Balmforth. Enjoy!

The lectionary readings can be found at that Vanderbilt website here.

Here is the transcript:

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Yes Dear, Sleep Naked, and 30 Other Reasons My Parents are Awesome On Their 30th Anniversary

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I’m always really bad about remembering when my parents anniversary is. But there are a couple things that remind me. 1) My birthday is, give or take, one year after they were married. And 2) the month of September, because I know that this is the month that it’s in. Is it at the beginning? Is it at the end? I don’t know. All I know is that this year is their THIRTIETH! 30 years. INSANE. And I’m not even sure if today is the day.

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Mother’s Day Sermon on Sarah and Abraham

I want to note that I would have probably never written this sermon if it wasn’t for it being assigned to me. It’s difficult to know what to do when you’re given a story that is 1/5 of the book of Genesis. Because this is the “last” sermon I’ll preach for a while, it gave me more anxiety than it probably should have…

Sermon at the Brookline Church of Christ

May 11, 2014

You’ll have to forgive me for this… It’s the end of the semester, the end of my time in Boston, and you’ve all been so good to me. As nervous as it makes me, I’ve really enjoyed being able gain this experience preaching here, and I have no idea when or if I will ever be able to again. That being said, I hope I’m not judged too harshly here, this one being the “last” I will preach, but also being second in a sort of series on Salvation history leading up to Pentecost. Continue reading

How to heal from the lies that Christian fundamentalism taught me.

I saw this post on Patheos, and I just had to respond. Immediately. Here is the original post.

Actually, the post was an addition to this beautifully written post on “getting over” the fact that everything you were ever taught was a lie. I think that’s a bit strong of language, because even in getting out of it, there must have been something in us, something that was true, that helped get us out. It’s tough to sometimes admit that the one’s who make us crazy also are a part of what get’s us healed… Yuk. But annoyingly true. Continue reading