Monthly Archives: September 2013

Turning up the volume

As a little girl, I never liked the color pink. It was too girly of a color for me. Now I embrace the color pink. And, one thing you will find me wearing at times is a pink bracelet. These … Continue reading

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Calm, compassionate, confident

My friend and pastoral colleague, Nathan Koontz, wrote this blessing for my ordination, September 27, 2009. In an earlier conversation with Nathan I had told him the following story (clearly this story shaped the blessing): At one point in my … Continue reading

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A pillow (or offering plate) to cry into

This pillow was made by several youth mentor pairs at Bethel College Mennonite Church. They gave it to me as a going away present. They said I could hug it when I was feeling lonely, punch it when I’m feeling … Continue reading

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Stole envy

The word stole wasn’t part of my growing up vocabulary. In fact, it wasn’t until I was a hospital chaplain that I gave much thought to the different liturgical vestments worn by church leaders of different denominations. Little did I … Continue reading

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LAMO the duck

When I announced my resignation at Bethel College Mennonite Church, a church member promptly gave me this yellow duck, symbolizing my three month lame duck status. He then offered some colorful commentary on what distinguishes a lame pastor from a … Continue reading

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Trojan fever

Yes, I have a commemorative basketball in the church office. And yes, I plan to shoot hoops in the park on a regular basis. Oh, and yes, I was part of the 1995-1996 Hillsboro High School state championship team. We … Continue reading

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A is for Anabaptist

I am a 2007 graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. The same person who gave me LAMO the duck, gave me this hat. Notice that he wrote the A in with permanent marker. As far as I know this is … Continue reading

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