Here are things I still hear from people who oughta know better: people who like to wave the banner of inclusivity and consider themselves to
Losing My Religion
On February 19th, I preached my last sermon, at my last church, after twenty years of preaching in four different churches in three states. Leading
Save the Funerals!
“I don’t want a damn funeral. Just throw a party. Go to a pub. Toss my ashes in a lake (the ocean, the mountains, on a ski slope, at the cabin).”
Pumpkins Past Their Prime
“Trauma doesn’t have to speak for us to see it is present. It announces itself in abandoned decorations from another season. It whispers through the holes of broken toys. It screams from stickers slapped on doors.”
What did I do in 2022?
Making a New Year’s Resolution lost its appeal for me years ago. For me, resolutions feel confining but imagining feels freeing. In the second half
I wrote this in response to someone asking me what I think happens when we die. Certain pieces of this image are in fact based
The final word
by Marie Duquette Dear God, Remember when I prayed to you for the family who had gathered to write victim statements for the judge during
A collaborative project of prayers specifically written by women during 2021, that address the situations we find ourselves in at this moment of history.
Crazy Wisdom Interview
I was recently interviewed by Crazy Wisdom in Ann Arbor about what I had observed as a faith leader during the past year, given the
I call him my little buddy. He is about 9 years old with chestnut brown hair and a lopsided smile. His father gives me the
Where Love Leads
JULY 13, 2019 37 Then the legal expert said, “The one who demonstrated mercy toward him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” — Luke 10: 37
Tabitha, Get Up!
“And without wanting to put a damper on all the lovely remembrances you can buy at any Hallmark store for this occasion, it’s important to remember the way we have been sold to celebrate Mother’s Day is not what the three women who founded it had in mind!”
What is weighing on you?
I have carried my journals, in a large Rubbermaid container, for 30 years, through more than 20 moves across city, county, and state lines. They
Waiting for Sunrise
By Marie Duquette I’ve posted this piece before, but not recently. The image that came to me here of Jesus’ emerging from the tomb is
What I’ve Learned is a feature in Esquire magazine that highlights interviews in a unique format. A lifelong subscriber, I’ve read What I’ve Learned by
I was recently one of two pastors in a circle with 12 middle school students when the kids began venting about how they feel at
I took Sam for a ride in the pony yesterday. Sam is 3 years old. The first time I met him was at his great-grandparents