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What is in a Name?

Have you looked up what your name means? When people ask you what you do, does your title explain itself? Does it reflect work you are feel represents who you are? Do you find yourself explaining what you do each day a little or a lot more? For many, many years the title of my job has […]

Reclaiming Our Story

“I have crossed the horizon to find you. I know your name. They have stolen the heart from inside you. But this does not define you. This is not who you are. You know who you are” As some, or perhaps many, of you may know, my mother was hospitalized in the middle of December. […]

Building Community

January… the month of cold and darkness after the big celebration of Christmas. It is maybe what defines us as Minnesotans. It slows us down enough to allow for reflection. It might be what makes us actually Minnesota nice. I have been reading the book, “Thank You for Being Late” by Thomas Friedman. The title […]

Discerning the Call

As you may know, last year was not an easy year for me in my professional life. Being denied an internship because of who God created me to be was a knife to my heart and, honestly, there were times where I wanted to give this all up: drop out of Seminary, leave the Church, and […]

Blue Light

It’s hard to get my head around writing an article for December…the month of Christmas. I put my headphones in and hesitantly force my finger over my favorite Christmas album. The music easily plays but my heart is not in it. The season my childhood heart welcomed as early as it was offered feels a million […]

Mother Mary

By the time this newsletter is published, I’ll be just finishing the first trimester of pregnancy with our third child. And what a first trimester it has been! Even though pregnancy has never been exactly pleasant, this one has thrown me for a loop to the tune of trying every nausea remedy I could get […]

Christmas Time is Here

Advent and Christmas really is my most favorite time of the year. I love watching the snow fall. I love drinking hot cocoa by a decorated tree with soft music on. I love the worship at churchand the excitement that builds over the course of the month of December. I love everything about this time […]

Fear and Prayer

When I started working as a parish nurse, visiting people in their homes, at the hospital or rehab, I would typically end our visit with prayer. I was always at bit nervous about this. Will I say the right thing? Will it sounds stupid or will I ask for the wrong thing? Will it make […]

Our Lutheran Identity and the Reformation

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Thesis to the Cathedral door in Wittenburg, Germany. 500 years later, we celebrate this immense and bold act to reform the Church and grow together in our relationship with God and with each other. Some of you may be familiar with the history of the Lutheran […]

Faith and Daily Life

Happy New School Year! The other day I was thinking to myself that I should set some New Year’s Resolutions for my upcoming school year and then I both laughed at myself at the thought of that and was also flabbergasted that it’s time to start thinking about going back to school again. We claim […]