Thought Train

My train of thought can be a bit confusing to follow, but this really is pretty much how I think. If anything profound is written, that's not my fault.

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The hardest thing about studying my own faith…

The hardest thing about studying my own faith…

photo by Alyssa Skelly

…is making sure it’s still there in the end.  Imagine you’re dissecting a frog for a grade school science class. But this isn’t just any frog; it’s your pet. Somehow it is still alive while you’re dissecting it, but it probably is in pain, and because you care so much about this frog you’re trying to carry on a conversation with it even as you play Operation with its vital organs.

There’s a…

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Is this a Communion liturgy? (Hint: Yes, it is.)

Is this a Communion liturgy? (Hint: Yes, it is.)

Today at UC@N (University Chapel at Noon), we raised questions.  Our call to worship was modeled after the questions game from the television show Whose Line is it Anyway, and the Communion liturgy reflects the questioning theme.  As I’ve said before, you are more than welcome to copy and adapt this liturgy to meet your congregation’s needs; all I ask is that you send a message or leave a comment…

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Faders! Also something about privilege that makes sense.

Faders! Also something about privilege that makes sense.

Classes are in full swing now, and I probably can’t commit to give you more than a post a week, but the posts you do get will likely contain something thought-provoking or inspiring (although not always both.)  For instance, yesterday afternoon I discovered an analogy that has helped me to make sense of privilege.

When I say privilege, I mean things like white/cisgender/male/hetero privilege.…

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Welcome back.

“Welcome home” is that arrival moment. “Welcome back” is the readjustment to a new schedule that’ll come later.

After Welcome Week comes the first week of classes. I spent my ‘free time’ running up and down the hill taking care of paperwork, and I still have some forms to handle this week. My class and work schedules changed about 20 times as I had to account for added labs and lessons and a new…

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"Welcome home"

“Welcome home”

This is Welcome Week at my university, and everywhere I turn I hear “Welcome home.”

It started Sunday afternoon. I said goodbye to my mom and snuck in late to a chapel service…sitting down just in time to hear the prayer of confession leading into Communion.  I cried, because in that room I was surrounded by treasured friends and mentors, and the Spirit whispered, “Welcome home.”  I’m home at…

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Hello again!

Sometimes things happen unexpectedly. For instance, vacation’s limited internet access (meaning no Netflix–aaaaaaaah how did we ever survive?!) devolved into no internet access (meaning I checked my email yesterday for the first time in a week).

I didn’t discover that the internet was down until a couple days after it happened because on night 2 I was just so tired and overstimulated that I…

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"Come with me."

“Come with me.”

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At long last, here comes my first true Whovian-Christian post!

First, check out this video to get a general idea of the show (or fangirl if you’re a Whovian and haven’t seen this yet): 

Fans squeal for the moment when the Doctor first decides to invite a new companion into the TARDIS. “Come with me,” he says, with one hand reaching…

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I’m so tired …also Lion King is stuck in my head

I’m so tired …also Lion King is stuck in my head

You will be reading this as I finish up the second week of helping with band camp. I wrote it over the weekend when I had a few hours of consciousness when I was at home and not exhausted beyond all hope of functional thought.  People tire me, with very few exceptions. That doesn’t mean I dislike people; it just means I need alone time to recover the energy I give away.  If you’re not sure what I…

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Jesus is for lease

Jesus is for lease

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A friend sent this image to me from the world of Tumblr.  I had a good laugh, but it made me wonder how true this is.  Is Jesus for lease?

Good gracious, no!  Jesus defies societal expectations and speaks up for all the people whose voices we try so hard to ignore.  If anything, he’s available to the lowest bidders, the ones who couldn’t possibly afford a savior (or a carpenter, for that matter.)

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Everything is not going to be okay.

Everything is not going to be okay.

Everything is not going to be okay. Some things will fall to pieces. Endings are as much a part of life as beginnings. Some things just won’t work out. Some will work exactly as planned, but they might not be all you hoped or expected. Some things will work out completely differently from the way you hoped they would, and many times these are the best plot twists in your life. Some things will be…

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Liturgy requests?

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There’s a first Sunday coming up, and for many churches that means it’s Communion Sunday for the first time since last month. (How do you manage, waiting weeks and weeks for the chance to celebrate a sacrament?!)

Pastors/worship planners: If you know where the service is headed this week and would like a Great Thanksgiving liturgy to complement the rest of the service, let me know and I’ll be…

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