Category Archives: Gratitude

Growing up racist – #1

“for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29) I’m writing today to my white skinned sisters and brothers… Racism is the great challenge facing our country today (and yesterday and the day before that). Because most of us, being white, don’t usually experience the outright racism that we’ve seen in our […]
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My Post-Ferguson Sermon, 2014

As I prepare to preach on the painful topic of racism I re-read a sermon from 3 years ago. The events of yesterday are proof that we (white people) must get out of our comfort zones and confront this evil in all its manifestations. I wrote my sermon last Wednesday… at least I thought I […]
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No, that is not ok

This morning and last night white supremacists demonstrated in Charlottesville Virginia. That is a very long way from Oxnard California, but both cities are in the United States. For this reason what happens there is important here and everywhere else. As a white middle class woman I denounce the racism of white supremacy. It is […]
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Adult Running Camp – Day 3

Last day of running camp today. We met at 8am for a 5 mile run around Lake Mary, the shortest distance but highest altitude for running (8900 ft). I wasn’t sure how my run would go because I was a bit tired from the two days previous. My foot was a bit stiff, but I didn’t […]
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Adult Running Camp – Day 2

Thankfully my ankle didn’t feel too bad when I woke this morning. It was still swollen a bit but the combination of ice cold water (Convict Lake) and ibuprofen had me in good enough shape for today’s activities. (Adult Running Camp – Day 1 (and a reminder to pick up my feet)) Side note: I […]
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Adult Running Camp – Day 1 (and a reminder to pick up my feet)

I’m 54 years old and this is my first time participating in a “sports camp.”  Or, you might call is a group mini runcation. We’re at Mammoth Lakes for some altitude running with r running club. This morning I ran a nice 7 miles on a dirt road. There were some rolling hills, but overall […]
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A Difficult Topic – My sermon on Romans 9:1-18

On my first full day in Wittenberg (last March) our group went on a walking tour of the old city. This older area is actually pretty small, so maybe village or town would be a better description. I’m thankful for the guided tour because I would have missed some important history if I had been […]
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I Can Run Hills! A Recap of the The San Francisco (First) Half Marathon

Going in reverse order we ran the 2nd half of this race a year ago. We chose the 2nd half because my son wanted to finish near the baseball stadium…and, being a net downhill it was an easier course. The plan was to run the 1st half this year, and possibly the full marathon in 2018. […]
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“As we ought” – yesterday’s Sermon

This sermon is on Romans 8:26-39. When I first began reading (and trying to understand) scripture, this particular part of Romans 8 was very significant for me. It was confusing, annoying, and helpful. The confusing part first. Paul writes: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray […]
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Thankful Living

“There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” -Romans 8:1-2 The promise is of forgiveness, of acceptance, of unmerited and unconditional grace. It is this promise that frees […]
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