What a joy to be back to church and preparing for another year of shared ministry with you!
I had a wonderful summer vacation and fruitful study leave. It has been wonderful to begin seeing a number of you these past few weeks as I’ve been in and out, and I look forward to seeing many more of you in the weeks to come.
We have a lot coming up this year… much work to do together, goals to accomplish, songs to sing, fun to have! And as I have my sights set on all of that, I’m also relishing these last weeks of August for what they are… a kind of in-between… late summer, a season of its own. As I look back on my summer, one of my favorite parts was the many books I read. I thought I’d share my list with you so you can get a sense of what your minister dives into… what inspires me and my sermons and my ministry. And what I find just generally interesting to learn about.
Living Resistance: An Indigenous Vision for Seeking Wholeness Every Day by Kaitlin Curtis
Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture by Virginia Sole-Smith
Gender Euphoria ed. By Laura Kate Dale
Good For a Girl: A Woman Running in a Man’s World by Lauren Fleshman
Radical Inclusion by David Moinina Sengeh
A More Perfect Union: A New Vision for Building the Beloved Community by Adam Russell Taylor
Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure by Eli Clare
The Darkness Divine: A Loving Challenge to my Faith by Kristen L. Harper
Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep by Tish Harrison Warren
The Book of Non-Binary Joy by Ben Pechey
I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro
Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation by adrienne maree brown
Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home by Nora Krug
The Stonewall Generation: LGBTQ Elders on Sex, Activism & Ageing ed. Jane Fleishman
Horse by Geraldine Brooks
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (YA)
Dear Mothman by Robin Glow (YA)
And currently reading Ten Steps to Nanette by Hannah Gadsby