Check out my “Big Blue Adventures”!
When the pandemic changed our retirement timeline, my husband and I bought a used truck camper and hit the road for five months (Oct 2021 – Feb 2022). I blogged about many of our adventures on Substack and included lots of pictures. (Note that the posts are in reverse order.)
I’m a Pastor.
I’ve been in ministry for more than three decades, serving churches in upstate New York, rural Illinois, suburban Maryland and Washington, DC. Right now I’m the Transitional Pastor at Leesburg Presbyterian Church in Leesburg, VA.
I’m a Workshop Leader.
I’m passionate about empowering faith communities to respond appropriately to sexual abuse. During the pandemic shutdowns I had the privilege of working with Eileen Campbell-Reed, PhD to create a workshop that equips leaders to do just that. The #MeToo Workshop is now available as four self-paced sessions: 1) Challenging Patriarchy & Power, 2) Empowering Prevention & Response, 3) Reimagining Ritual & Liturgy, and 4) Envisioning a New Beloved Community. The course includes videos, resources for reflection and Bible study, liturgies and prayers, advocacy and action plans, along with a copy of my latest book, The #MeToo Reckoning (see more below).
I’m a Blogger and Writer.
I’ve blogged here since 2007. I’ve also written many articles, some of which have won awards. Highlights include my two cover stories for Christian Century, a feature article (about abortion) for Sojourners, and an op-ed (about sexual purity and the Virgin Mary) for the Washington Post. I recently posted the Sojourners article, Skin in the Game, so you can read it without a paywall. Other bylines include Religion News Service, Patheos, and Feasting on the Word.
I’m the Author of 3 Books.
Click on each book cover to find purchasing information at Amazon, Audible, and other retailers.
The #MeToo Reckoning: Facing the Church’s Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct
This book explores true stories of Protestant churches which failed to respond appropriately to sexual abuse in their midst, and compares them to stories from scripture. The braiding of contemporary stories with ancient scripture is eye-opening, inspiring, and hopeful. I’m proud that Publishers Weekly named it one of the Five Best Religion Books for 2020. It has been translated into Korean. View the Korean book trailer here. Available in paperback, eBook and Audible.
This memoir describes a traumatic sexual assault that occurred decades ago, while I was a college senior. The account goes well beyond the night of the attack — it chronicles my wrestling with faith for many years. Certain questions haunted me. Decades later, I used my lenses as a survivor, pastor, and mother to explore those questions. Why did that assault change my life so completely? How did my faith inform my understanding of that night? What, exactly, was ruined? I’m proud that this memoir was named 2017 Book of the Year by Christianity Today Women. Available in paperback, eBook and Audible.
This spiritual travel memoir chronicles my transformative two-week pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine. Readers journey alongside me as we experience both the outer terrain of the Holy Land and the interior questions that arise from pursuing the Holy One. It’s a personal book, with many light moments. Readers tell me it helped them prepare for a pilgrimage, debrief their pilgrimage, or was a pleasant substitute for a trip they were unable to take. View the book trailer here (with footage from Israel & Palestine). Available in paperback and eBook.
I’m Available to Speak.
I have traveled internationally (Canada counts, right?) to urge faith communities to reconsider their response to sexual abuse. I also do workshops online. Feel free to contact me to collaborate on an event.