Ditching Father and Resisting Gender Roles

There are other reasons I am leaving Father behind. [See my previous post, Relationship: Parent, my most-viewed blogpost ever, for my initial explanation of why I’m leaving this term behind.] For one, I increasingly reject gender roles. The terms Mother and Father are filled with notions of parental responsibility and care (good!), but are also ladenContinue reading “Ditching Father and Resisting Gender Roles”

Onomia, Oh My!

Today I visited Camp Onomia, one of the outdoor ministries of the ELCA, located just two hours northwest of Saint Paul in the Mille Lacs area. And I am so glad I did! Camp Onomia is set on beautiful Shakopee Lake, and is surrounded by state park land. As you look across the lake, youContinue reading “Onomia, Oh My!”

Do Not Say They Are “Only” Youth

Edited and re-posted from my congregational newsletter. My jaw dropped. On one of our recent “Living Faith” gatherings of the Confirmation Class – a Sunday night event that includes dinner and hands-on faith activities – we began with a game of questions. To play this game, the person who will answer a question has aContinue reading “Do Not Say They Are “Only” Youth”

Questioning My Commitments to “The System”

I leaned over to a pastor friend of mine and said, “It’s events such as this that make me question my commitment to traditional forms of worship and ministry.”

Kneeling During Lent

On Sunday at the closing of our Sunday School ministry – a gathering of all the children's Sunday School classes we call "Closing Devotion" – I talked with the kids about bending down. It was the First Sunday in Lent, and I used this ocassion to talk about what our Lord Jesus does in relationshipContinue reading “Kneeling During Lent”