Way back in the earliest days of my ministry, I happened upon a brand new community of bloggers: the RevGalBlogPals. It felt a bit like finding gold, or the elusive needle in the haystack. I was overwhelmed by my new vocation, and feeling very, very lonely as a solo pastor. I missed my seminary friends like crazy, and had never before faced the challenge of making friends in a new situation without the benefit of having classmates or coworkers.
I made some lifelong friends through RevGalBlogPals. Some have become friends in "real" life; others still seem to live on the Internet. I also contributed to the first two devotional books the group self-published - A Light Blazes in the Darkness and Ordinary Time. In a very real way, this community has been an invaluable resource as I make my way as a writing pastor. This is why I am so delighted and honored to have contributed a chapter to There's a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments and the Healing Power of Humor, just out from Skylight Paths Publishing.
My essay, "The Parson," incorporates material on boundaries and pastoral identity that I presented at the 2030 Clergy Gathering last year. It begins like this:
I don't have my hands on a copy of the book yet, but I trust that it will be filled with precisely what the subtitle promises. You can order a copy through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or directly from Skylight Paths Publishing - or request through your local bookshop.
A big, heartfelt thank you to Martha Spong, one of the original RevGalBlogPals.
(I squealed the first time she commented on my blog. True story.)