Archives For Clergy

 

Creative Experimentation
 
A Review of 
 

Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy
Chad Abbott

Paperback: Davies Group, 2016
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Reviewed by Jon Moore.
 
 
Reading Chad Abbott’s Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy reminded me of the deep and wondrous gatherings I was privileged to participate in during the time I was involved in campus ministry or attending seminary. Abbott invited a host of friends to each contribute one thematic chapter to Sacred Habits, and reading one voice after another, shifting from one topic to another, took me right back to those old Spirit-infused encounters with groups of old and new friends always ready to take even a casual conversation to deep and important places.

I am somewhat sad “writing a book review” wasn’t included in the list of Sacred Habits, but thankfully I can still be “a clergy rising from the ashes” (the title of Rev. Abbot’s concluding chapter).

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Called to A Life of
Care, Faith, and Love

 
A Review of

Here I Am:Faith Stories of Korean American Clergywomen
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Paperback: Judson Press, 2015
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Reviewed by Pam Kittredge
 
 
 
Whenever stories are told and collected, it is important to ask who is doing the speaking and the collecting. Is it the loudest, most dominant voice–the voice of power–that is heard and accepted as representative of the collective story? What about the voices of the not so powerful? The voices not often heard outside their own community? How are those voices to reach us? Who will listen to and collect those stories?

In Here I Am:Faith Stories of Korean American Clergywomen, editor Grace Ji-Sun Kim does both. As editor, Kim listens. She draws into conversation a rich blend of cultural and theological and strands, then braids them skillfully together and collects them for us.

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Katherine Willis Pershey - Any Day a Beautiful ChangeThe Muddle of our Hectic Days

A Feature Review of

Any Day a Beautiful Change.

Katherine Willis Pershey.

Paperback: Chalice Press, 2012.
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Reviewed by Ellen Painter Dollar.

Among a certain subset of Christians, it has become trendy to praise spiritual memoirists by comparing them to Anne Lamott. I no longer trust such comparisons. Lamott’s voice is so unique—sharply focused yet charmingly disheveled, fiercely critical, yet hospitably humble. And of course, she is funnier than all of the rest of us earnest spiritual memoirists combined. When I open a book that some endorser has labeled as Lamott-esque, I am almost inevitably disappointed.

So the last thing I expected to write about Katherine Willis Pershey’s engaging tidbit of a spiritual memoir, Any Day a Beautiful Change is that it reminds me of Lamott’s work, specifically Traveling Mercies—a book Pershey mentions as a dog-eared favorite. But it does.
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