Archive for November 2008

New (old) sermon (or what happens when you don’t save right)

Click here to visit the sermon it took me two months to post! Because, as I was finishing it up, just after I printed it, when I went to quit Word, and it asked if I wanted to save changes, I hit “no.” Brilliantly stupid. Thanks to Linda, the wonderful church person who kept pestering [...]


3 years ago, I found out I was pregnant just about when Advent started. So, obviously, I thought alot about Mary and Jesus and the whole waiting thing from the perspective of one who was with child. (Plus, the contrast of finding out from a pee-stick or an angel was poignant, too.) With this year’s [...]

What a story…

I’m feeling a little bummed out that we didn’t just throw caution to the wind, strap Zora into the backpack, and head for Grant Park on Tuesday night.I’ve been consoling myself by thinking about how we were functioning in the best interests of our child.But check out what these crazy people did!!! What a story! Seriously, you [...]


I cried last night. Here’s why: From 2003-2005 I taught here.  (And, turn on your sound if you go to the link because the choir rocks.) All of my students were African American. Most were on track to be the first in their family to go to college. It was hard work…for us as teachers, [...]

Wedding Dress

Colossians 3:12-17; Song of Solomon 2:10-13, 8: 6-7 Wedding Homily for Colin Turner and Anne Valaas St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN Colin and Anne— While we know that the weather says nothing about how the marriage will go, I’m guessing we would all like to thank you for choosing such a perfect weekend for [...]

This is life

I’m in a coffee shop, writing a homily for Colin and Anne’s wedding. On an incredibly perfect fall morning. I talked to my Mom on the way over here about her day yesterday: seeing clients, going to a funeral for a family friend who died much too young, one of my cousins winning state semi-finals [...]