Loss of Future Story and Anticipatory Grief

In seminary I took many pastoral care classes. One of the things that has really stuck with me is about grief. We not only grieve what was, but we also grieve what we hoped would be, our future story. Ending a relationship often requires grieving all that you had imagined your future together would beContinue reading “Loss of Future Story and Anticipatory Grief”

On Not Celebrating a Cancer-versary

November 5, 2020 was my five year cancer-versary.  I thought that it would feel like a huge celebration if I made it to that benchmark without a recurrence.  I believed I would feel relieved.  However, that is not how I experienced it at all.   Celebrating is something I am not good at, in general.   EverythingContinue reading “On Not Celebrating a Cancer-versary”

Christian Nationalism and Civic Religion

I am not one of “those” Christians.  I do not want to be associated with a racist, patriarchal institution that spouts a theology of white supremacy and exclusivism.  However, I am a Christian, a follower of Jesus, and an ordained pastor in The United Methodist Church (UMC).  Christian nationalism is a blending of Christian andContinue reading “Christian Nationalism and Civic Religion”

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