Church may not seem like a business. But we offer something everyone needs.
‘Quiet quitting’ is what Rabbi Edwin Friedman called ‘defecting in place’. It’s less about slacking and more about boundaries.
Lots of people laugh when I say I am ‘Father Cathie’, or I get very quizzical looks. Occasionally, even hostility!
Lots of people don’t know what to call a female priest, minister, or pastor. Since I am an Episcopal priest, I use a clergy title – for me, it is ‘Father’.
Like so many, they are programmed to believe that what clergy do is serve in congregations, mostly for low pay, and that we don’t mind ‘volunteering’ for things because we are not in it for the money.
I was prepared to lead an institution that felt much more solid than it was. This brings both sadness and strength.
Our pain is a warning sign that something is wrong. It’s time to listen.
We are not going ‘back to normal’; but where are we going?
2022 was an exciting year for ministry innovation, and for being a Free Range Priest.
We have nothing in common. Except the most important thing.
Praying for snow is more than fun. It’s my insistence on joy, even in the darkest season.
We all want change. But we don’t want to change anything. Maybe all it takes is listening to the raving prophets.
Spiritual healing is our business. What if we took a page from the medical field and specialized?