Soy Yo!

Welcome to our new online home! Maybe the nudge came from the hilarious characters in the new live-action Dora the Explorer movie. (A family film that excelled in ways I didn’t expect. But that’s another blog post.) I’m owning my name and the work I’ve created these past few years. Over the next days, I …

“Well, It Isn’t Junk to Me”

A Eulogy for Elizabeth Annabelle “Betty” Bowers Hange, Feb. 29, 1920 — June 15, 2018 I’m not sure what epitaph will be engraved with the artist’s palette Grandma picked years ago for her grave marker, but this would be my choice. I heard Grandma say it more than once when extended family members (read: daughters-in-law) disparaged …

Dance, Shiva, Dance

For the past two months, instead of a teeny headshot of myself showing up various places on social media, a thumbnail image of Lord Shiva, a Hindu manifestation of the Divine, appeared next to my posts. I’m not Hindu. I’m a Jesus-loving liberal Christian pastor. It’s just that Shiva has been chasing me since one …

White Like Me

Over dinner last month, my 4-year-old asked, “Are the new neighbors white-skinned or brown-skinned?” As I pondered how to answer, his big sister chimed in, “I hope they’re white-skinned.” I paused, barely chewed. Could I answer without scolding or shaming them? I hazarded a question: “Why do you hope they are white-skinned?” I asked. “Because …

In Which I Vow Never Again to Roll My Eyes if Someone Says, “The Gay Games… is Like Church.”

(A version of this post appeared in a sermon preached August 17, 2014 at Faith United Church of Christ, Richmond Heights, Ohio ~theRevCK) I rolled my eyes in church last month. I’m not exactly proud of it. I was packed into a cathedral with no air conditioning. As a preacher slowly began her homily in the …