And Love Is Love…

I used the word “bigot” once, actually called out the people across the street from where I stood on a platform in front of a crowd of protesters against Prop 8. I was asked by a dear friend to rise and say something to the crowd as a representative of the church. The word “bigot” […]

Breakfast With Temma

“Hi sweetie, how are you?” I sit down on the kitchen bar stool that I placed next to my daughter Temma’s bed. It’s a high bed, called a captain’s bed with drawers underneath and then put on even higher stilts by Tim, Temma’s Dad. It’s like Temma’s boat, her captain’s bed on the high seas, […]

The Voice

SUNDAY, APRIL 10 EASTER THREE READINGS FROM HOLY SCRIPTURES Acts 9:1-6 Psalm 30 Two conversion stories this morning. Two resurrection stories of two men caught in believing their own versions of who God is and what God desires. Two stories of change from breathing threats and murder to mercy and inclusion; from disappointment and confusion […]

Leaving My Father’s House

 (An excerpt from Chapter One of my book project. I’m reminded of this photo again as this day of Lent and our nation’s primary elections collide) “Why don’t you move into the Community?” Pastor says. Bring your worldly goods and come live with us. I think it’s God calling me and it is all that […]

Women of Hope

I am part of a clergy-sister prayer group. There are four of us in the group. We started about a year ago. Then we lived close together and could meet in our homes once a month, conference-calling each other on the weeks we did not meet face-to-face. But now, being the United Methodist clergy that […]

Dorothy and Temma Days

Painting “Dorothy Day (after Richard Alvedon)” by Tim Lowly Dorothy Day has appeared on people’s radar after Pope Francis spoke of her in his address to the U.S. Congress on his visit in September. I’m glad. Dorothy has been my heroine and mentor for many years. My daughter Temma bears her family name “Day” as […]