Rev. Lydia’s Minister Musings

Intention and Presence

Dear Ones, I hope you each found a way to enjoy the holiday season, and are feeling ready for whatever the New Year has in store.  I chose to spend my holidays at home, and cherished the slower post-Christmas pace and spaciousness to reconnect with friends after a busy fall and lead-up to Christmas. While … Continued

#metoo: The pain and the possibility

Harvey Weinstein. Kevin Spacey. Charlie Rose. Garrison Keillor. Louis CK. Dustin Hoffman. Al Franken. Matt Lauer. Most days, I digest my news in small bites.  A notification on my phone, a few minutes of NPR in my car.  Lately, that is all I can stomach, sometimes literally.  As I take in even snippets of the … Continued

Make it a Practice!

In a recent conversation, my brother, an internist, expounded on the benefits of regular exercise. My brother would say its the most important thing you can do for yourself. I concurred, while sheepishly confessing how difficult it is for me to make exercise a regular practice in my life.  Upon reflection, however, I suggested that from … Continued

Leaps of Faith

When I was 25 years old, I took a life-changing Outward Bound trip in North Carolina.  Never much of an outdoors person, this trip was an intentional challenge.  I stretched … and loved the backpacking, the white-water canoeing, even the rock-climbing.  But when it came time to for the ropes course, I was invited into … Continued

A BIG Inclusive Welcome!

Welcome back!   I’ve heard this season called the ‘second New Year’ of the year.  It certainly has that energy in my household, as we all recreate the patterns of our daily living after summertime flow and fun. Each year there are twists and changes to match the changing needs of our family, with new … Continued

Watching over the Love

When I was in seminary, the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, President of Starr King School of the Ministry, taught a one credit required course (the only required course in that alternative learning environment) called “Watching over the Love”. We were to be attentive to where we saw love moving in our lives, and then have … Continued