Pastors' Blog

Archives: July 2017

Jul 26, 2017 - Amy Norton

My mother has the greenest thumb of anyone I’ve ever known. She has nursed many of my (seemingly) dead plants back to health, and delights in planning and tending her backyard garden. I was not blessed with my mother’s talent for gardening, however I can lay claim to at least a pale green thumb; as evidenced by the fact that I’ve managed to keep some of my house plants alive for the last four years and counting.

This year, I decided to try and grow vegetables. “Growing your own food...

Jul 20, 2017 - Amy Norton

There’s a siren outside, the air conditioner is running, I have West Wing re-runs streaming on a background window on my laptop as I work on building a spreadsheet, and my leg is covered in mosquito bites from an ill-advised evening walk along the river. There’s a lot going on. But isn’t there always a lot going on? Every day, every situation, every moment can feel like the culmination of a multitude of sensory input, emotional labor, mental tasks, fires to put out, futures to look toward,...

Jul 13, 2017 - Amy Norton

The first time I ever visited Texas, I remember texting a friend of mine, a fellow New Englander, from the airport, “I’ve only been in Texas 15 minutes and already 3 strangers have said hello to me…this does not compute with my New England sensibilities”.

These three random people in the airport did not know me, did not know where I was from, did not know my story or my politics or the date of my last shower, and yet they greeted me as easily and as automatically as they would were...

Jul 06, 2017 - Kent French

We keep hearing in the news about how deeply divided our country is. I've been watching the divide widen increasingly at least since the 2000 presidential election. I talk to people who have families like mine, where we are split down the middle by our politics and our theology.

Each political season it has become increasingly easy to vilify our opponents, to ridicule anything that comes out of their mouths. Our choice of media sources reinforces our sense of separateness. They...