Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Katrina - Want To Help? Here's An Option

The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has a few fund you can donate to, all money benefiting the vicitims of hurricanes, such as Katrina. The funds include a general one for victims of US hurricanes, one to help provide pastoral care for the victims, and one to help churches that have been damaged.

If you're interested, please check out this link.

If you'd like to know more about PDA, check out their website.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Movin' on up

Last night I spoke with a good friend of mine from seminary who just moved into his new house. In between hearing him tell his new dog Yogi not to eat his own poop, I listened to my friend Ed talk about his place and how he was making it his home. It was nice to listen to Ed talk about what he was doing because I've been trying to figure out the same thing.

I love my new apartment - it's a great location and great space. But it is kinda weird - all this space with just me in it. I lived in a house about the size of my apartment (actually a little smaller) when I was in seminary. But I lived there with 2 other women. I love my place but it doesn't exactly feel like my place. How do you make that transition? How do you take a house and make it a home?

After thinking about this for a bit I've decided to christen the apartment with a marathon of my favorite tv show (which is going to take awhile since there are 144 episodes). As silly as that might seem, I started watching this show in high school and kept watching into seminary. I have memories of my girlfriends gathering together in one room, squeezing in past fire code regulations, so we could watch together. I have memories of my friend Stuart and I eating soup and grilled cheese sandwiches and watching an episode here and there on rainy days. Sure, it's just a tv show, but it brings with it all those memories. And that's what I want in my new space, in my home - the memories of friends and family. The laughter, the tears (you better believe we cried while watching on occasion!), all of it. This marathon is a way for me to bring them in.

So if you call me or stop by during the next several weeks and I say - hold on, let me pause Buffy - don't be surprised! And if you do stop by, really don't be surprised if I try to get you to stay and watch some with me. I want to bring in those old memories, but I want to make some new ones too!

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Just because this amused me...

You scored as J?Moltmann. The problem of evil is central to your thought, and only a crucified God can show that God is not indifferent to human suffering. Christian discipleship means identifying with suffering but also anticipating the new creation of all things that God will bring about.

John Calvin




Paul Tillich


Karl Barth




Martin Luther


Friedrich Schleiermacher




Charles Finney


Jonathan Edwards


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These are a few of my favorite things

I won't say it's the top, but it's pretty close. Here's one of my favorite spiritual practices: when it's dark out, draw a bath, include bubbles or oils as you please. Light some candles, put on a good CD (my choice: Sarah McLachlan's Mirrorball), and just zone out. Enjoy the bath, the music, the candles. If there's anything on your heart, lift it up to God, and then let go and enjoy your bath. This particular practice was a staple of mine during the last semester of seminary!


I’ve been here for about 2 weeks now and know what I still can’t quite get over? Hills. Seriously. That the ground has continuous bumps in it keeps surprising and delighting me. Who needs the prairie land of Texas when you can have the mountains of Virginia? I also can’t quite get over – and I really don’t want to – how incredibly warm all of you (or y’all) have been to me. There have been dinners and lunches, cookies and cakes – I’ll be all ready to hibernate come winter!

Along with tasty treats, I have really enjoyed getting to know you. When asked my favorite thing about my job the answer is simple: people. I love getting to know folks so please keep coming by to say “hello.” You can find me hanging around the office Monday through Thursday and I’m always only a phone call away.

Part of getting to know you includes getting to know your faith walk. Each one of us has come to know God and God’s all-consuming love for us in different ways and I long to know about those ways. Starting next week, the newsletter is going to include a spiritual practice, a way of connecting to God, that you might consider incorporating into your own life and the life of your family. I invite each of you to drop a note in my box or e-mail me (once that’s working) a practice you or your family enjoy. From everything to a prayer you enjoy to the minute you take out every day to just sit and listen for God’s voice, I encourage you to share a practice with me and your sisters and brothers here at Covenant.