9/20/19: Weekly Note From the Preacher Woman

Beloved: There is nothing quite like having long conversations with someone from Deer Ridge to challenge all my judgments and assumptions. It has been almost two years since I began working in the education department at the prison up the hill. With a simple change of clothes, some of the men there would never beContinue reading “9/20/19: Weekly Note From the Preacher Woman”

Weekly Note From the Preacher Woman, 6/13/19

Beloved: I am writing this week from Eugene, where I am attending the Oregon-Idaho annual conference. Methodists have held annual conferences since the time of the Wesley brothers. In our tradition, ordained elders and deacons hold their membership, not in a local congregation, but in a conference. For many clergy, these yearly meetings become somethingContinue reading “Weekly Note From the Preacher Woman, 6/13/19”

4/10/19, Weekly Note From the Preacher Woman

Beloved: I was a pastor’s wife for many years. Back then, there were certain expectations for pastor’s wives. Number one: you always stood by your man after church. Number two: you taught Sunday School. Number three: you sang in the choir, or, even better, played the piano and directed the choir. Number four: entertained peopleContinue reading “4/10/19, Weekly Note From the Preacher Woman”