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Prayer to Go: College Edition

If you’re in the business of (or generally interested in) church leadership, you might’ve seen floating around the interwebs the idea of take out boxes for faith. Sometimes they’re designed for liturgical seasons like Lent or Advent; other times they’re distributed for seasons like summer, when mayyyybe folks don’t get to church as often. The idea is that people can take the box home, and in it find supplies and instructions for practices to deepen their faith.

As I realized that I’d love to offer something like this to my college students, I also noticed that all the pre-made lists I’d found felt pretty specifically developed for families with kids. They either included activities obviously for children, or practices like baking bread that required time and tools many members of my college congregation don’t necessarily have. So after a lot of googling, some Facebook asking, Pinteresting, personal brainstorming, and a little doodling, we’ve arrived at this college-geared Prayer to Go. If this sounds up your alley, keep reading to find what I included in the boxes (all the goods for a daily practice and weekly ones), where I got the supplies, and a printable or three for good measure. Continue reading “Prayer to Go: College Edition”

DIY | Journal Binding

Why use a stapler when you can use a needle and thread?! Binding a paper booklet with string makes it studier than with staples. Plus it looks cool. Continue reading “DIY | Journal Binding”

Why I Marched

On January 21, an estimated half a million pilgrims descended on Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington, and nearly 2.5 million more gathered in solidarity across the country and the world. I was one of the ones who went for a walk in Charlotte.

“We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” (Women’s March Mission)

A quick #WhyIMarch search on any social media platform will fill your screen with more personal motivations. On the day of the marches my news feeds flooded with photos and determined words laced with hope, fear, anger, and everything in between. Since then I’ve read a lot of reactions. I think most people I talk to on a regular basis are supportive of this movement, but I’ve seen plenty of words that aren’t. Centering many of the critiques has been the sentiment that we who marched don’t even know why we were marching. That we’re sore losers or whining about inequalities that don’t exist. If you’re here reading my blog you likely already know that I feel differently. Here’s me using my little corner of the internet to tell you why.

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DIY | Recycled Wrapping

It’s Jesus’s bday month, and that means it’s time to wrap some presents! (Also if you’re Christian, maybe church or something?) Recently I read an article on repurposed wrapping and thought I’d give it a try. If you can hold a glue stick and safely operate scissors, you can do this. Promise.


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A Twice-Blazed Trail

Since October 20,

  • Early Voting has come and gone in North Carolina and many other states — the beginning of the end of maybe our most emotionally-charged election season yet.
  • The Presbyterian Church (USA) has celebrated the 60th anniversary of the first woman ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament.
  • I’ve spent about 36 hours a week working as a Computer Operator at my local Early Voting precinct.
  • I’ve continued wading through the search process to find my first ordained call as a Presbyterian pastor.

I woke up this morning and took a deep breath. Election Day. Okay. Here we go.

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T-Shirt Time

Over the course of many years of school, a handful of years in youth group, and five summers at assorted camps, t-shirts have had a pretty constant presence in my wardrobe. Occasionally, my doodles are the ones that end up on them. Just for funsies, here are a few designs in which I’ve had a hand. (Do me a favor and try to look past the wrinkles…)

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