by Rev. Elaine Connolly It’s been going on at least since Hagar, a servant woman, was forced to bear the child of her master, Abraham. For centuries, that story was told for a variety of reasons to illustrate “larger truths” of faith, trust, and obedience that had nothing to do with Hagar or her suffering … Continue reading Church Too Me Too
Food for the Spirit Our bodies have to have protein; there is no getting around it. In the same way our faith needs protein to continue to grow. Yet what is “Spiritual Protein”, it looks different for each of us, and as clergywomen, I believe it looks really different. I agreed back in May to … Continue reading Spiritual Protein
NAPC Membership Chair and Administrator, JoAnne Sharp attended Women’s Connection 2017. JoAnne reports: Rain was falling as the shuttle arrived at Montreat. Yet even with rain falling Montreat welcomes you like a longtime friend. Women were relaxing in the lobby of Assembly Inn, as they waited for the rooms to be ready. Some were … Continue reading Women’s Connection…”The Fullness of Life”
Big Tent Travels I was blessed to have an opportunity to spend a few days in St. Louis at the PC(USA) Big Tent Gathering. The overarching conference theme was Racism, Reconciliation, Reformation. My wonderful roomie, NAPC Administrator, JoAnne Sharp, and I attended plenary, Bible study and worship together and then went our separate ways on … Continue reading Big Tent Travels
What are the challenges of serving overseas? What are the blessings? Do you see yourself coming back to the United States? What cultural pitfalls did you have to learn to avoid? These thoughtful questions were put to me by NAPC’s steering committee member, Susan Barnes, when she asked me a couple months ago to reflect … Continue reading Singing the Lord’s Song in a Foreign Land
A collection of prayers for Pentecost from members of NAPC God, We get tired…we get hungry…we lack new ideas…we run on empty… Our prayers begin to sound the same…ugh Our stories in our sermons are the same…ugh We become stale… Let us hear the Holy Wind of Pentecost…let us feel it rush over us… Let … Continue reading Prayers for Pentecost
We need original art! We are looking for drawings of robed or clerical-collared clergywomen of different races, abilities, and ages in the pulpit, presiding at the table, serving communion, at a hospital bed, baptizing a child, and baptizing an adult. First prize is free two year membership to NAPC and an art commission. Second prize … Continue reading Seeking Original Artwork
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