Author Archives: La Peregrina

General Conference Updates on New Blog

You might have noticed a decline in posts since I received my first appointment last summer.  Writing a sermon every week seems to sap my writing energies, and on top of that—-even with trying to keep this a semi-private blog—-I … Continue reading

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La Flor Más Linda De Mi Querer

Ay, Nicaragua.  How long has it been?  Nine years ago this week I returned from a Mission of Peace to Nicaragua.  That trip (through the United Methodist Church) changed my experience/understanding of self, vocation, community, God, and the globe. I … Continue reading

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The Jesse Tree: An Interactive Worship Service based on Matthew 1:1-17

This week was supposed to be an “easy” week — a week off from the hard work of worship preparation, a week to relax (during Advent – HA!) and let the Children’s Christmas program do all the work — at … Continue reading

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Top 10 Hymns

The two churches that I’m serving are having fabulous (if I do say so myself!) worship services on Sunday.  After celebrating the crossing of the Red Sea last week, this week we are going to sing together in response to … Continue reading

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Welcome, RevGalBlogPals!

Welcome, RevGalBlogPals!   (For the rest of you regular blog readers [particularly my clergywomen friends], head over to see what they’re doing each day…) I’m excited to be in the August Meet-n-Greet and can’t get to know you all better!  (I’m … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions

One of the biggest challenges since moving here one month ago is figuring out how to prioritize my time and energy… how to make decisions between two good things (or eight good things…).  I’m reading Getting Things Done by David … Continue reading

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Your Killer Taste

This Ira Glass quote shared by Sally McGraw at Already Pretty helps me key in on the despondency I’ve been feeling in my new work! What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told … Continue reading

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Whew.  I am tired! Nothing has prepared me for full-time, all-by-your-lonesome, too-much-to-do-and-too-little-time-in-which-to-do-it Methodist ministry.   I’ve been blessed with an outstanding education, challenging internships, and a strong support network.  But still, this transition is making me tired. Sunday comes so quickly. … Continue reading

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Waiting for Myself

I used to sit in the garden next to my college chapel.  The quiet seclusion of the chapel garden was the perfect place to read or pray or kiss… What else do college students do? Oh yes, sometimes we would … Continue reading

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First Glimpses of the Orthodox “Other”

Back a long time ago, before I got into the semester, I began a short-lived “I’m going to tell you about my experiences visiting Orthodox churches!” kick.  Things happened: I got a call about a new appointment, schoolwork shifted into … Continue reading

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