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Monday, October 31, 2005

We're on Amazon

I just noticed that A Light Blazes in The Darkness is now listed on In fact if you type "a light blazes in the darkness" in the search engine, it is the first book that comes up! Hooray--but remember to encourage your friends to buy through which maximizes our percentage of the sales.


No one is in chat tonight.
Please pray for Entropy.
After an exciting night in the ER, it has been determined that she has Rheumatic Fever.
She's on antibiotics and is extremely uncomfortable -- high fever and sore joints.
She also has a 'strawberry tongue' like she had last year when she had scarlet fever.
My face is stinging and burning from the fatigue and the Bell's palsy right now. Somehow that's easier to take.
I'm worried and I can't seem to pray right now except for the "help us, help us, help us" prayer and the "please, please, please" prayer.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Sunday Round-Up in the Dark

Oh, glorious extra hour of rest...that makes it dark at 6 p.m.! Hooray for the end of Daylight Savings Time!

Go see Reverend Mother about random thoughts, including DSL time. And may I say that her take on maternity leave is ever so refreshing and sensible.
Jo(e) has some really, really old clothes.

The Church Lady is thinking about community, and CleverTitle has a wonderful post about Egyptian hospitality (and a wonderful one about the Sabbath, too!)

Friday Mom's Speaks Few Words has had a memorable birthday. Friday Mom and Always Mom may never be the same!

Songbird's poor dog's ear is hurt. I think the dog is trying to avoid the Princess costume!

Telling Truth is facing the difficulties of teaching; primarily the administrative bosh. Hang in there!

Have a blessed week, all.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Late Friday Round-Up

Posts for a Friday night:

Katherine has noticed lots of animal lovers in the neighborhood of her church and would appreciate hearing about experiences with doing a Blessing of the Animals.

Jen shares some beautiful words about brokenness.

Cheesehead is way ahead of me; she has a draft of Sunday's sermon!

And so, for those of us who are still treading water, perhaps a visit to Dylan would be in order.

HeyJules describes the love of her life. :-)

Leslee shares some thoughts about Fall.

Friday Mom learned an important lesson.

Kathryn ponders lost causes.

Jane Ellen shares pictures of a blessed day.

jo(e)'s picture is of a waterfall--beautiful!

Susan Rose checks in from her new weekend home.

And Steph is posing the tough questions.

Pink Shoes brings back a college moment.

Our favorite Rebel recalls music that touched and still touches her.

Rev. Dr. Mom hunts that mythical beast: the day off.

It's already Saturday for Lorna, who has been reflecting on Evangelism.

St. Casserole examines the landscape two months after Katrina.

Marie writes about teaching and sadness.

Rachel gives a portrait of her Granny.

And there were lots of takers on the Phriday Phive, including:

Poor Mad Peter
Bad Alice
Brother Terry
Clever Title Here
Sophia (who also added more about a saint in her life)
Quotidian Grace
Sister Christer
Mary Beth
oh, and me, too.

Promoting the Book! some ideas...

I have sent e-mails announcing the publication of A Light Blazes in the Darkness to my friends, my family, the Daughters of the King Yahoo! group, and my local DOK chapter. Our DOK president offered to ask our church bookstore to stock some :) and to ask the priest to put it in the announcement sheet for the next few weeks!


Phantasmagorical Phriday Phive

A mixture of the deep and the shallow today, in honor of All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day---

1) Favorite Halloween Candy

2) Least Favorite Halloween Candy

3) Best Costume Ever

4) Worst Costume Ever

5) A Saint you treasure (please feel free to use the definition of "Saint" that is meaningful to you and to your faith tradition and life experience)

Round-Up to follow later today; I'll be hiding out upstairs while my ninth-grader hosts a group of friends for what is NOT A PARTY, MOM!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Welcome to newest members

First a welcome to Susan at sense and non blog. She posted today her heartfelt thanks for the relief effort that is represented by our book. Susan, welcome to the ring and our prayers to you and yours today.

Also, welcome to Rev. Dr. Mom. She joins the ranks of the reverend moms. There's me (reverend mommy), reverend mother, revmom/cheesehead, Preacher Mom, Friday Mom, Will Smama -- any other mother type I'm leaving out? Then there's preacher in progress, Rev-to-be, Rev. Stacey and that theme going on....

And in a variation of that theme, here's Rainbow Pastor. Welcome!

A big welcome to Caroline, who, I am sure, just lives a few miles down the road from me in Conyers.

A finally, a welcome to another UMC person, Ciona at A Thing with Feathers which is an allusion to my fav poem.

Believe it or not, 87 active members. Wow! And as of 11:00 pm 125 books sold in less than 36 hours. Wow!

More stuff

I'm setting up a link on the sidebar so you can more easily see the grid for the new book "Ordinary Time." Anyone who wishes to write some for this book is welcome. We are inviting a few guest bloggers to write. If you have any ideas for persons to invite, please let us know.

I'm inviting an editoral team -- reverendmother, Emily at Hazelnut Reflections, Mary Beth, Will Smama, anyone else? I am going to share the password for the email account with them -- and I have set up a calendar here. I can't figure out how to get people able to click and type in their own names, though.

And here is the grid.

At noon we have sold 90 books. Woo Hoo! We need to sell 250 to pay for publishing costs, then it's gravey.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Wednesday Kudos and Roundup

Before giving you today's roundup, a big ATTAGIRL goes out to Reverend Mommy. A Light Blazes in the Darkness is now published. I just successfully completed my order and pasted the html she provides in the post below on my blog.


Now--back to your regularly scheduled roundup. Several bloggers are struggling with issues of pastoral call. Preacher Mom asks how you know when the Spirit is nudging you to consider a change of call. Susan Rose gives advice on exploring calls to different Catholic professed communities. The loss of promising young pastors after difficult first calls troubles Rebel Without a Pew.

The Church Lady has an interesting reflection on bird-watching and the importance of community.

And in the Just For Fun Department: carve your own virtual pumpkin (tip of the gourd to Cathy Knits); check out amazing jack-o-lanterns (thanks, Leslee!) and see how many of the 100 best English novels written since the first publication of Time Magazine you have read ( spotted at Cathy Knits and Clever Title Here.)

Today we are blessed with stupendously fabulous October weather and at least one more World Series game. (go astros)

Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!

Just in case

You didn't notice....

Support independent publishing: buy this book on Lulu.

On Sale now for $9.99! down from retail price of $12.99.

Support independent publishing: buy this book on Lulu.

I was able to negotiate a sale price to begin with -- it will go up to the full $12.99 by November 10.

Here's the code

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<img src="" border="0" alt="Support independent publishing: buy this book on Lulu.">
<b>On Sale now </b>for $9.99! down from retail price of $12.99.
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<img src="" border="0" alt="Support independent publishing: buy this book on Lulu."></a>

Please embed this code in your sidebar or in a posting on your blog, if you will.
Email all your friend. Email all your enemies. Email everybody!

Caveat: I haven't actually seen a book yet. I'm going ahead and putting the information out -- IF THERE IS A PROBLEM I will let you know. I should get my first copy like really, really soon and I anticipate no problems.

Blog Tech

You may have noticed that I took off the "updated" status for a while yesterday. It's back again. I am concerned that since it is biased in favor of Blogger some others will be ignored, but I we will have to trust our updaters to work around and be as inclusive as possible. (Yes, that includes me, on both sides of the equation.)

Will Smama, I tried the double ping form this morning for my Typepad blog; we'll see if it makes any difference.

In other BlogRoll news, if I am the ring manager who moves you to Member status, I automatically add you to the BlogRoll. If, however, it is Reverend Mommy who moves you, I don't know you are a member unless and until she tells me or mentions you here. I check in on the blog fairly frequently most days, but not at all on some others if work does not permit.

If you don't see yourself on the BlogRoll, please e-mail me at That's also the place to e-mail if you are a potential member and can't figure out how to add the code to your site. In our archives for July there are instructions for both Blogger (first entry you will see) and Typepad (scroll down). If you need further help, I will be glad to try and give it, as I have added the code to both myself.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Tuesday's Round-Up

I am on dial-up this evening so I will do the best I can (this is already my second try having lost in cyberspace the first one. Fortunately I cut and pasted a copy to Word so I would not have to jump off the church building from computer frustration. I might also add that the church building is only 1 story, so I only would have broken an ankle. Hardly worth it).

ANYWAY, if you are having trouble getting your site to show as updated on this blog roll then check out the suggestions in the article and the comments below. I have tried them all and made an elixir complete with eye of newt that I rubbed on my computer. Here's hoping something worked.

I am pretty excited about the Advent devotional and give thanks to to reverend mommy for all of her hard work. I think all the work she did plus sitting for the portrait on the front cover deserves a serious tip-of-the-halo.

But seriously folks...

Some blogs of interest:
Bad Alice is seeing stars.

Brother Terry, finding avalon, pink shoes, sister christer, and ann are among those who paid tribute to Rosa Parks.

clever title here gives a rundown of her experience of Ramadan in Egypt.

I didn't have the patience to wait for the pictures on
gally cat abbey's blog but she has one of my favorite title lines: Part Episcopalian, part rock-critic, part ... hey! shiny!

jo(e) offers some stealth blogging tips.

Catch a glimpse of potentially the cutest baby on the planet here (but for a limited time only).

pure christian i think challenges us to look a disturbing trend right in the face.

reverend mother gives us a brief glimpse into career day.

Zinnhead starts a great conversation about fundamentalists and evangelists which combines an excellent use of both a history lesson and 'soapboxin'.

I finally have a method to my Round Up madness although by this time next week we will probably have 182 members with 8 more blogs in the queueueue (cool word, but I can never spell it).

Until then, thanks for writing!

Potential 'Update!' Help

Maybe you all have tried this, but here is how I got mine to finally update.

When you go to the site then scroll down to the 'double url form'

Type in your blog name, then the site of your blog and then on the 'URL to publish' line put in:

My apologies if you know this already and are using your favorite cuss word on me right now. :)

just stuff

First, welcome to Susan at sense and non blog. Yeah! 85 members and still growing!

Next, We still have a couple of people in the queue. Please email one of us if you are having problems with the code. We'll be glad to help you.

Last, I am listing the book on Amazon today -- Woo hoo! The cover isn't perfect, there are more little niggly things that could be edited, but I'm finished. It's not really done, but I am finished. Really. We have an ISBN 1-4116-5588-5. Cool, huh? It will be release as a book in print tomorrow (Wednesday), and will be on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, etc... hopefully by Wednesday (keep your fingers crossed and prayers a' coming.) As soon as we get the listing, I'll pass along the code for each and everyone of you to put in your sidebar on your blog.

A big note: We get more royalty if you order directly from Lulu. The book is here. Do NOT order today -- the back cover has a big big boo boo right now -- the ISBN has wandered off to the corner and misplaced some text. If ordered directly from Lulu, royalty does not have to be paid to Amazon, etc. We will get more than just $1 per book, but $2.80 per book (up to $4.40 for orders over 25 books). Therefore, although it will be listed on Amazon, I would suggest STRONGLY that people order it from Lulu. I am listed on Lulu as the author b/c they needed a Tax ID number and I had to put something so I put my SSN. I am in discussion with my friend Steve-bo the lawyer who will take care of this for free before the next book.

The shocker: by publishing it ourself we will receive up to $2500 for the first 1000 (after production costs). If we sell 5000, we will get up to $20,000. That is a shocker for me. A really big Wow. Wow.

Oh yeah, and here is the information on the new book -- Ordinary Time. I'm going to list like 6 weeks at a time. Here is the first 6 weeks or so. Please send email to This book will probably be good to be published via Lulu or St. Bartholemy. However, there has been interest from Baker, Abington and Eerdman for projects more than an year in the future. Cool!!

Monday, October 24, 2005

Monday Halloween/Reformation Topic: Discuss...

I don't think that Jan at A Church for Starving Artists has joined onto the webring yet, although she is a great RevGal and y'all oughta go say howdy.

She had two great questions I thought I'd bring over here. Consider this your Monday meme, in celebration of the upcoming convergence of Halloween and Reformation Sunday (for us protestant gals):

What are you going to be for Halloween?

and second, in honor of Martin Luther,
What 95 Things Need to Change in Church in the Year of our LORD 2005?

Post your costume ideas and your 95 (or fewer) theses here, or at Jan's, or on your blog.

and since my blog doesn't get updated in the blogroll I will shamelessly plug an extremely short, rapidly assembled post I made this morning

Happy Monday!

At Night His Song is With Me...Sunday Roundup

Psalm 42:8: By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.

Thanks to you all for singing the song of the Lord, so that in the night when I cannot sleep, I can remember it!

Anna has shared with her priest that she is looking toward the priesthood. You go girl!

Super hallelujahs going up for Jane Ellen, who is now ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests! As of yesterday at 10 am! Beth was there in body (as we all were in spirit)...go read all about it.

Processing Life would like some input from us about women's roles in a (conservative) faith community. On a lighter note, Cathy needs help with a pumpkin judging contest!

Bad Alice and Sue (Inner Dorothy) consider the illnesses of their life partners. Please keep them all in your prayers.

Doesn't Jo(e) write so beautifully about fall? Likewise Songbird about dog love, flu, and her sermon, and Ann about baseball and her beloved grandfather.

It's so good to see PPB back.

A peaceful week to you all.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Name Game

Today a large group of organized women descended upon our humble church. I brought my son (8 months) to the opening of their gathering admittedly as a shield and an excuse to leave again. I am guessing the majority of these women are not exactly computer literate and my guess would be maybe 2 of them know what a blog is but I found the following interchange pretty interesting. 'Them' is one of them as they surrounded me and The Boy.

Them: Oh, she is the Reverend Mother.
Me: Oh no, that is not me.
Them: No. Reverend Mommy.
Me: No, I'm not her.
Them: How about Preacher Mom.
Me: I don't think so.

If they'd mentioned Songbird I would have really been confused!

updateless in Seattle

Hi all,
We're headed out for a quick overnight trip to Seattle. You'll have to round up your own selves this Saturday. I'll be back next week.


Friday, October 21, 2005


Between the two first designs for the book cover (featured on my blog, btw) and my youngest daughter's tonsillectomy, I forgot the roundup.

BUT I will say welcome to our newest members,
Sister Christer (I love the knitting chicken in the profile, btw)
Church Nerd, ah, Mark at Stumbling toward Divinity (NERD!!!)

and say that I love the Church Lady. I want her to help me with charge conference....

We have several waiting in the queue b/c they don't have the code in their sidebar. I may move them to "sites of interest."

And I have invited a few people, who haven't made the jump yet.
82 bloggers -- cool!

Blessings to all.

RevGal's Friday Five: All Music, All the Time

In honor of my father’s record collection, and the punishment I deserved but did not receive when I took them all out of the jackets, arranged them on the family room rug and walked on their smooth, cool surfaces with my no doubt dirty little feet (I was three at the time, and they felt marvelous!!), here are five music questions for this fine Friday.

  1. What was the last CD you purchased?
  2. Did you like it?
  3. Is it the kind of music you would call your favorite?
  4. What was the first album (CD for you youngsters) you ever owned?
  5. And what was your favorite cut from that recording?

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Help! We need an introduction.

My designer dude couldn't fit all the text on the back cover, thus we need an introduction.

What I have to work with:
"The RevGalBlogPals webring homepage is found at The webring is an Open Table -- anyone can join but it is especially for clergywomen who maintain a weblog and their friends and acquaintances who blog as well. We represent a diverse group of people -- women ministers, with or without children, discerning women, other clergypersons -- and our friends. The main webpage forms us as an intentional community. We laugh, pray and grow together as clergy, as Christians and as women."

BUT we need:
Nice opening statment
a sentance about when it all started,
What a webring is
the characteristics of this community
and invitation to read the book and use it throughout the season.

I haven't two brain cells right now to rub against each other -- and a bible study to teach in about an hour.

Please please please, post in the comments your suggestions. I'll edit it tonight after all settles down...

Wednesday Whirlwind Around the Ring

I'm back from the "visioning" retreat in the Piney Woods--my reaction is here. There was no internet access in the boonies, so I was eager to catch up with my ring reading. Being the designated Wednesday reporter meant I had a good excuse to get right to it! Besides, I missed y'all.

Beth Quick is also attending meetings and blogs about hearing an interesting speaker on the subject of the civil rights movement. Agreeing to substitute preach for this Friday's Healing Eucharist service has Jen nervous but eager. Bad Alice appreciated Lorna's post about Alice's husband's chronic health problems. Isn't that what this cyber-community is all about!I

Life is at a crossroads for Hey Jules. Sue decides that science and religion aren't so different. Rachel asks herself is she can really be a born-again Christian AND a Tarot junkie. Good question--I don't know, can you?

Hurricane Wilma is in the news--and looks pretty frightening. Go Away! St. Casserole describes the effect of Katrina on churches and ministers in her area. Can you find a way to help? An unused church building in Indiana is being sold on e-bay and the proceeds will be donated to Katrina victims--see Pondering Perfection for the details.

Lastly, Gord posted pretty pictures of snow in October. Well, they looked pretty to me--it's 90 degrees and sunny down here today.

Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday! I'll enjoy it immensely if a certain baseball team wins tonight.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Late Round Up

Seriously people, I've pinged, rolled and listed... nothin'.

Quotidian Grace tries to convince us that 'razzlefrackzit' is her favorite curse word. Even those of us not into baseball can sympathize with a city's heartbreak. Think Oswalt QG.

reverend mother gives us a random (annd might I say quite busy)life update. I cannot believe reverend baby will be here soon (no pressure on the little pk if this remains his/her nickname).

rev to be mibi blogs about her Sunday. My favorite part is the questioner with the axe to grind. Haven't all of us who have gone before 'those looking down upon the newbie' had at least one of those.

pondering perfection asks what the words of Jesus say to us. In this blog he is referencing the narrow gate.

Jane Ellen at hoosier musings on the road to emmaus has begun her on call chaplaincy job at the hospital. She made it to work on time but it wasn't pretty!

jo(e) appears to be in a really good place. Her reflections on her daughter in the classroom both as an infant and now as a young adult is heart warming and the latest blog about Mom's apple pie is belly warming.

There are a lot of other great updated blogs out there that I cannot do justice to. A lot of folks did the latest meme and they are a lot of fun to read. We should all go around again and just say briefly if we got that chore that was on our list done or not!

Well, I gave myself a time limit and I have reached it. The dog has seconded that opinion as he has headed up to bed without me. I get the hint... good night.


I know, I know it is my day to round-up. Sorry about the delay... long story. Then I thought I would pout about not being computer savvy enough to get my little 'updated!' sign to go but then why should you suffer.

I will attempt to come back a little later after dinner (late, I know) and round up some more - until then please check out those who are updated.

Here's hoping my computer actually lets me post this. - wm

Monday, October 17, 2005

"Inside the RevGal Studio" meme

Happy Monday everyone! I have been addicted over the years to the show "Inside the Actors Studio". I love the glimpse into the creative process, although the host is quite pompous and there's more than a little bit of Hollywood gossip (What's it like to work with De Niro?). Aw, who am I kidding, that's pretty fun too.

At the end of each show, the host asks the guest a series of questions. Here they are for those of you who have the urge to blog but need a little something to prime the pump.

1. What is your favorite word?

2. What is your least favorite word?

3. What turns you on, creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

4. What turns you off?

5. What is your favorite curse word?

6. What sound or noise do you love?

7. What sound or noise do you hate?

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

9. What profession would you not like to do?

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Sunday Round-Up on Monday!

See, and you thought Monday was going to be just yucky old Monday, but you get a bonus roundup! because my yesterday didn't go as I thought it would. In fact, my whole last week didn't go as I thought it would...the great news is, I think I'm back on track!

I love the new "Updated" feature to let us rounders-up know what's new on the blogs. However, mine doesn't seem to work...I tried the ping thing...will try again later.

But, to the round-up!

Jen at Ordinary Time and Terri C at Ps. 121 is My Friend are going through CPE. I'm so fascinated to read about this; it is clearly both a blessing and a trial by fire. (I'm sure it seems more like the latter when you're in it yourself!)

CathyKnits shares about the wonderful music she has been part of recently.

HeyJules asks us to look at our foundations. Firm? Mushy? Kathryn reflects on God and what God might be calling us to do. Lorna shares lovely thoughts on her church family.

Jo(e) has had a houseful of teenagers. Most fun! The Rev Mommy has had a wonderful dialogue with her little Entropy and the stuffed Cassie. Entropy is in our prayers for tonsillectomy on Friday. Quotidian Grace has a GOOD EXCUSE, really she does! And Rachel has been visiting churches. Hang in there, Rachel!

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Technical Difficulties

As you noticed if you visited the blog in the 9 p.m. Eastern hour, we had a blog template meltdown this evening. I think we're all better now.
Nothing to see here.
These aren't the droids you're looking for...

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Size Transitions in Blog Rings

Hi everyone! I just finished reading the Alban Institute's Size Transitions in Churches. Basic premise--size transitions require congregations to change ways of organizing their common life. Does the same thing apply to blog rings? With 80+ members, perhaps we need to consider how these daily round-ups can best serve the needs of this much expanded ring!

Problem: Even if the rounder-upper spends only 30-60 seconds scanning each blog, it's still a time consuming job. Then there is the problem of deciding which of the current blogs are round-up worthy on that particular day.

Are we happy with brief and random? Or do we want to reorganize so that Monday's round-up is for blogs beginning with A-D, Tuesday E-H, etc? Or am I way overthinking this? How do the rest of the rounder-uppers feel about this? What about the rest of you?

Begun the Companion Website

The new template is not done, but I've begun by posting 3 of the devotionals.
Check it out here.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Advent Devotional Update

Final editorial touches are being done by reverendmother and Mary Beth -- the cover is almost finalized. The book will wholesale for less than $10.00, is listed for retail at $12.99 or so and Amazon will probably list it for less than that. Final prices have not been calculated yet, so don't quote me on that. When it is published, there is some code that each of us can put on our website to promote the book. The book also will be available for download from Lulu for $2.50 and Crystal (some of you may know her) is desiging a companion website (Still working on getting the URL registered...)

I'm in conversation with Abington, St. Barthelemy's Press and a couple of others about a next book -- "Ordinary Time." If you are interested in editing a portion of that, let me know. 182 devotionals from June 1 to Nov 29 based on the RCL for year B.

Here's the copy for the cover:

A Light Blazes in the Darkness:
Advent Reflections from an Intentional Online Community
Based on Year B of the Revised Common Lectionary

Written by members of the RevGalBlogPals Webring
Edited by Theresa Coleman and Mary Beth Butler
Foreword by Gordon Atkinson,

The back:

The RevGalBlogPals webring homepage is found at The webring is an Open Table -- anyone can join but it is especially for clergywomen who maintain a weblog and their friends and acquaintances who blog as well. We represent a diverse group of people -- women ministers, with or without children, discerning women, other clergypersons -- and our friends. The main webpage forms us as an intentional community. We laugh, pray and grow together as clergy, as Christians and as women.

“The RevGalBlogPals have created the advent booklet we all wish for: inspiring, funny, poignant, and thought-provoking. A truly ecumenical offering, the stories and prayers are a gift to help anyone who wants to ‘go deep’ this advent.”
-- Rev. Sean Parker Dennison, minister, South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, Salt Lake City, Utah

"In this Advent time of waiting, here is a collection of voices that has been waiting to be heard. You will want to take time to ponder and listen to these thoughtful advent melodies playing just beneath the surface of the rush toward Christmas."
-- Rev. Dr. Phil Schroeder, Senior Pastor Grayson United Methodist Church, Grayson, Georgia

“Historically, Christians have used the Church seasons of Advent and Lent as special times of devotion and spiritual discipline. Print resources have guided the work of these periods. A Light Blazes in the Darkness joins those resources as a worthy companion. This well written and passionate devotional guide will add immeasurably to the joy and growth of the season.”
-- Rev. Dr. Pete Paulson, Past Synod Executive, Synod of the Mid-Atlantics, Reformed Church in America, currently Director of Communications at Candler School of Theology.

“This is brilliant!"
-- Dave Warnock, the self acclaimed most junior probationary minister in the Methodist church of the UK, who blogs at

“Devotional practice and blogging are wonderfully complimentary. Both are about stopping to reflect on our busy lives. Devotional practice helps us to reflect internally, and blogging allows us to share those reflections. This book brings together the best of both worlds as this group, which I'm thrilled to be a part of, truly demonstrates the creative energy of a community gathered in His name.”
-- Helen Thompson (Gallycat), journalist with the Philadelphia City Paper.

The proceeds from this book will go for hurricane relief efforts along the American Gulf coast, especially Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Theresa Coleman blogs, writes and posts her photography at reverend mommy's random thoughts at She is a student at Candler School of Theology, a local pastor in the United Methodist church and the Minister of Christian Education at Grayson United Methodist Church just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

Mary Beth Butler's blog home is at Terrapin Station, With academic background in English language and literature, she is an international education professional in Denton, Texas, an Episcopal laywoman, and a member of the Order of the Daughters of the King.

RevGalBlogPal's Friday Five

Some easy ones this week--

1) The weather in your location

2) Where you are typing this

3) Where you might like to be sitting if you could be anywhere

4) A chore you have to do this weekend

5) Something delightful you will do or would like to do this weekend

A blessed weekend to you all,

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Thursday Roundup

PPB has dental drama. And a dead cell phone battery.

Where to Now God? and I are both Delenn from B5. Cool.

Emily considers her sidebar, her refrigerator and her garden. Not necessarily in that order.

Tammy Jo considers Fun Duh Mentals and Sue ponders about Jesus and His Holy Puppy.

Is reverendmother really at 30 weeks? My, how time flies...

Lorna ponders about church -- and facilities. And, btw, she has some cool pics on Flicker.

Welcome today to:
The Big Dunk
Brother Terry
Clever Title Here
Being Shielded

We have 79 members in our Ring with 5 in the queue (I sure hope they can add the requisite code soon...) Woo Hoo!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Highlights for Wednesday

In a quick run around the webring this afternoon, I found some good reading to share with y'all.

Check in with Rebel Without a Pew and see if you can help her with advice on how to respond to snarky questions from a Pastor Nomination Committee considering her resume.

NotShyChiRev has more work than he can say grace as he describes how it feels to preach three sermons in 24 hours. Maybe he should get a copy of the book noted by Twerpette: In Praise of Slowness: How a World Wide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed by Carl Honore.

Kathryn reflects on the spirituality of clowning and Lutheran Chik concludes that memorization is a lost art. Don't miss Rev-to-be-Mibi's hilarious Wedding Cake Saga. Steph blows off some steam as she is frustrated with her efforts to coordinate her internship and her day job. That old inner dee-jay is pestering Susan Rose. Don't you just hate when that happens?

Faith or Fiction announced the winner of her church description contest, while Cheesehead and Beth reported their results in the Birth Order Predictor game.

You'll want to read St. Cassarole's latest report from Katrina-devastated Mississippi. Keep thinking those Positive Thoughts, St. Cass!

And one more thing.. Go Astros!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Tuesday Around the Ring

And away we go...

There are those who are involved with the youth of their church and have shared their insights: anne at all manner of thing (welcome back by the way), narrow at the outset (also check out the virtual hedgehog. I am soooo getting me one of those), and susie at new song.

There are those who are playing around with the revgalblogpal meme (also known as the Friday five), some are listing their 5 idiosyncracies, and others like st. casserole are posting their brain pattern. St. Casserole also rips the insurance industry - a first hand account.

There are those who cast light on our own inner demons: cheesehead - schadenfreude much? I am quite jealous over this post. faith or fiction posts on cravings. friday mom talks about competitiveness. Something I would know very little about. (Is my post the best?)

Here are some other short blurbs:
another country has some fun pictures.

beth quick gives us reviews of Adam Hamilton and In Her Shoes. How diverse!

jo(e) blogs about the labyrinth experience.

Susan at musings of a discerning woman blogs about community and integrity.

pastor anonymous is starting to heat up.

Joe at Pondering Perfection asks for some feedback on his process.

Quotidian Grace blogs about Where God was Born by Bruce Feilor.

Prayer and poetry are back at reverend mommy.

The Ice Floe wrote a fun/melancholy piece about the lottery. Admittedly, she had me set up for a romance blog. Note to Floe: Next time lie and tell us about the handsome man in the lottery/stamp line. You know what, nevermind, that insults my feminist side. Go ahead and blog the truth.

Finally, Natty at Where to Now God posts about National Coming Out Day.

Alas, I have no new blog myself but if you have not checked it out since Sunday, there is something new for you too.

I have decided that someone who does not read foreign languages should really not be putting links to foreign language blogs that could be harmless or could be sensual literature - how would she know?! So my random link for today will be to one of my favorite blogs not in our ring. Every Tuesday she blogs about a day in the life. This girl gets herself into some SERIOUS predicaments. Too funny. Enjoy!


has posted some stuff for the first time in a month.

Should I or should I not comment.... Hmmm.....

Check here.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

It's the Sunday Roundup!

Greetings, all! I've been editing on the Advent devotional most of the day and my eyes are a little crossed. But what fabulous reading...and the same for the blogs.

Stacy at FirstYear Minister ponders the implications of blogging...what about when your friends and family find themselves in your musings?

Bring All The Walls Down is looking in a new direction, while finding that she is growing where she is. Good to see you back!

Faith or Fiction remembers a "road rage" incident from the past...from the church where she grew up, and the road she's taken since then.

At Reverend Mother's house(s), they are taking apart and putting many ways.

And for sheer joy and delight, go smell with Any Day a Beautiful Change!

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Whose day is it, anyway?

I loose track --
but had to point out a entry on Leslee's blog today or yesterday. Check it here and go give her a cyberhug.

In Honor of Columbus

In honor of Columbus Day weekend, the Saturday round-up features blogs in which something has been discovered.

Another Country discovers his hunger for more expansive options for creativity in worship.

Bring all the Walls Down discovers herself finding a niche in the place where she is.

Lutheran Chick discovers the insight of a Parable in Real Life.

Preacher, Blogger or Procrastinator discovers the dangers of simultaneous baby and dog care.

Quotidian Grace discovers a possible new career path for us to consider.

Reverend Mommy discovers more victims of Shingles in her congregation.

And the Sister Bloggers discover two new members of their web-ring.

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Friday Five: RevGal Version

First, five fresh and random posts from around the Ring:

1) reverendmother shares about running into a group of preschool moms and feeling intimidated; don't worry, rm, not fitting in to any group is just one of the joys of being a clergyperson.

2) mibi52 takes a trip into her history with the wonderful story of Cassoulet; that sounds like a good main course for us if we ever have a RevGalBlogPals retreat!

3) willsmama is not the first or the last to take the quiz, but I'm not surprised to hear that she is Snoopy! (I'm a Charlie Brown myself.)

4) Steph introduces us to Bruno and Elmer, those little-known 1st century bouncers, in a post about the sacraments.

5) Meanwhile, across The Pond, Katherine is celebrating National Poetry Day.

Second, A RevGalBlogPals Friday Five, five questions to answer if you're looking for something to post today:

1) What is your earliest memory of church?

2) How old were you when you first took Communion?

3) What is your favorite Bible verse/passage?

4) What verse/passage nicks you uncomfortably?

5) What's your favorite hymn or praise song? (Please tell me it's not "Shine, Jesus, Shine." Some of our members will cry.)

Happy Friday, all!

we're famous

an excerpt from Cheesehead's blog today, about an experience at a conference 2,000 miles from home:
    At dinner I met this delightful woman who pastors in a nearby midwestern state, and ended up sitting next to her at evening worship. Serendipity? Fate? I don't know. The subject comes up of being "connected" to other pastors in ways that are supportive and meaningful. She says to me:"You know what? I found this blogging group of pastors called something like 'revgals'". The she proceeded to recall a very funny communion story that many of us have read here on a RGBP site.

    Gentle readers, I was so excited that I just about jumped out of my seat! "Oh my God, that's my webring!!" I said. I told her my blog name, told her to lurk at our blogs any time she wanted to.

    People actually read this stuff!

    Dear B: if you read this, be sure and check out the blogroll at the top of this page. You'll meet some of the coolest women in ministry (and a few men) and you'll be blessed.

Amen! How very cool!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Thursday Roundup

Bad Alice hears David Bowie in her sleep. And prefers Legos over Precious Moments (like, who doesn't?)

Friday Mom writes about losing her head. Reminds me of the year I was camp director and after the first day I was assigned an aide to pick up all the stuff I lost in my path....

Jane Ellen writes about slacking off. Doesn't sound too slack to me. How much longer till ordination?

The Ice Floe which contains our favorite Polar Bear must have a new mattress. I hope it's comfy and she gets some good hibernation done.

Sue at Inner Dorothy sits under the Biliary Tree.

Susan Rose blogs about the Jesus Factor.

Joe had a call from South Africa.

Purechristianithink blogs about what's next for both her and her congregation. And is planning weekend trips!

St. Cassie posts some pictures of her yard (sadness) and the pee pee puppy (happiness!) He's a cutie. A real cutie. I want one just like that without the pee pee problem.

Mary Beth is insanely frustrated. Don't whack the space bar TOO hard.

Lastly, Hey Jules has written something breathtakingly beautiful about Jack. Something we all should read.

Big long posting on the Devotional

December 17 -- 2 Sam 7:1-11, 16 or
“For unto us a child is born” – up for grabs

December 19 – nothing and nobody –
Luke 1: 26-38 would be nice --
moved Jenee to Jan 6

PLEASE shout out in the comments if you choose to write one -- we don't need duplicate efforts.

Missing: the cover and foreword (in progress)

Missing: Bible version for some of you and a prayer to end it with.

In progress:
December 22 - Katharine – in progress with either 2 Sam passage or “For unto us a child is born” passage
December 27 – Susie of Sojourn Stories – in progress
Final one – Me and Jane Ellen (maybe) Tentative – in progress

I’m working on getting it listed at I don’t want us to run out of time. Here's the fine print:

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NOTE: An ISBN only makes your book accessible to retail booksellers. Your book will not be listed as "current inventory" in retail bookstores.

Lulu offers the Global Distribution Service for $149.95, which includes
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Your book is entered into Ingram's database, the largest US book wholesaler. This gets your book into the same wholesale channels as major US publishers and will allow book retailers like Amazon, B&N, and Borders to sell your book. Your title will also be made available in the UK through Bertrams and Gardners, who are wholesalers in the UK market. Your title will be entered into Books In Print, Titles@Ingram, and Neilsons Bookdata (UK) bibliographic databases to facilitate the widest availability around the world.

When will my book be listed outside of Lulu?_Your book is updated in Books In Print on the Wednesday after you purchase a distribution service. However, your book is considered "pending" for about two weeks. During this pending process, your book is checked against the Books In Print database to make sure there are no errors or duplications. This is all to protect you, to make sure your book is accurately listed and totally unique. After two or three weeks, the pending process will be over and you can look up your book.
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After you enable your Amazon Marketplace distribution, your content will be queued for uploading to the Amazon Marketplace. It will take about 24 hours for your content to upload. After it does, your book will be available for purchase on Amazon Marketplace.
The first time you enable Amazon Marketplace distribution, it may take up to five weeks for your cover image to appear. If after five weeks your book does not turn up in an Amazon search result where it should, purchasing a copy should fix the problem. (You can search for it by its ISBN.) This is a bug in Amazon's system and is not under Lulu's control.

More stuff:
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Once a month, online booksellers update their databases with new books. When they update (if the booksellers choose to list your book), you will see your book listed as "currently available." Because most online booksellers only update their databases once a month, it could take four weeks or so for your book to show up on their sites.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Wednesday Wander Around the Webring

Kudos to Reverend Mommy for the fabulous job she has done with the Advent Devotion project. It was her idea and her organizational efforts that have made it all possible. Thanks also to Mary Beth and anyone else who is helping her edit and complete it for publication. What a privilege it is to be part of this community effort!

Welcome to SisterBloggers, a new webring for Catholic women. It's the inspiration of Susan Rose of Musings of a Discerning Woman. There are already 5 blogs on the ring and its homepage is a member of RevGalBlogPals. Another howdy goes out to new webring member Leslee at Fresh Cut Flowers. Stop by and welcome her as well.

Sister Mary Alternative has the most recent reflection on the annual blessing of the pets at her Episcopal Church. This isn't a Presbyterian event, so I'm not familiar with it. But it sounds like fun. The festival of Thecla is also new to me, but not to Beth.

Gord blogs about Thanksgiving. Is it Thanksgiving in Canada now? I know they celebrate it, but at a different time than the USA. Sacramentality describes her concern for the vulnerable elderly was raised by events reported during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

What happens when your daughter wants to play "let's find the (tv) shows that you hate, Mom" with you? Jo(e) reports in "Bring back the Rock Crushing Machine", you decide. Also Peripatetic Polar Bear seeks a little help from her friends as she goes mattress shopping.

Summer lingers too long in Texas. The weathermen PROMISE a break in the heat by Friday. We're all longing for a taste of fall weather--even if it's 85 degrees. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.

Because I can't sleep

I uploaded today's version of the devotional book with my changes/ corrections in green. And I moved a few things around.
Anyway it's here.

If anyone can figure out how to get page one to be the first devotional, the foreword to be numbered "i, ii, iii" and no page numbers on the title pages, I'd appreciate it. I *thought* I knew how to do it.....

I *think* I fixed it. Try again.

Update of the second part:
It didn't upload.... I'm going to have to erase it from the webserver and *then* upload it. Should be up later this afternoon.

Another update:
Mystery solved -- I ran out of diskspace at the webserver. I'm erasing unused stuff and will upload as soon as I make space.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Random Journey

Greetings all. I am going to cruise through our community and see what new posts I can find.

NotShyChiRev and zinnhead post about what is "bugging" them lately.

Katherine at any day a beautiful change keeps in tune with the animal thing listing a couple of her pet peeves and a pet peeve solution.

a new song posts about it only being a matter of time.

In a slice-of-life blog hazelnut reflections blogs about a regatta in Oklahoma City. Who knew?

reverend mother begins her October time machine with a journey to three years ago and pre 'C'.

Becky at Monday Morning Letters gives an update on church life and has found a new quiz: What part of fall are you.

will smama at preacher, blogger or procrastinator has blogged about lessons learned while trying to feed her 8 month old. (Okay, yes this is me, I thought after my last 'round-the-horn' where the adrenaline was flowing with pre-vacation energy and I went just a bit overboard promoting my site, that this time around I would take a calmer approach.)

st. casserole continues to give us the personal side of the aftermath from Hurricane Katrina with glimpses at humanity and emotion that no newscast could give us.

Most importantly we should keep reverend mommy in our prayers. She has been diagnosed with Bell's Palsy. Peace be with you reverend mommy and know our prayers are with you as well.

Cover and Back of Advent Devotional

The cover:

A Light Blazes in the Darkness: Advent Reflections from an Intentional Online Community
Written by members of the RevGalBlogPals Webring
Edited by Theresa Coleman and Mary Beth Butler
Foreword by Gordon Atkinson of

The back:

The RevGalBlogPals webring homepage is found at We represent a diverse group of people -- women ministers, with or without children, discerning women and other clergypersons -- and friends. The webring is an Open Table -- anyone can join but it is especially for clergywomen who maintain a weblog and their friends and acquaintances who blog as well. The main webpage forms us as an intentional community. We laugh, pray and grow together as clergy, as christians and as women.


Fr. Jake "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. In ac libero. Integer nec nulla non elit tincidunt mattis. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Etiam eros. Aliquam porttitor, nunc eu aliquet ullamcorper, massa erat."

Rev. S. Parker Dennison "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. In ac libero. Integer nec nulla non elit tincidunt mattis. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Etiam eros. Aliquam porttitor, nunc eu aliquet ullamcorper, massa erat.."

Dr. Brian Mahan "LLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. In ac libero. Integer nec nulla non elit tincidunt mattis. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Etiam eros. Aliquam porttitor, nunc eu aliquet ullamcorper, massa erat.."

Dr. Tom Long "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aliquam vehicula ligula nonummy magna. Ut ligula. Nullam vel sem. Quisque leo."

Real Live Preacher "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. In ac libero. Integer nec nulla non elit tincidunt mattis. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Etiam eros. Aliquam porttitor, nunc eu aliquet ullamcorper, massa erat."

The proceeds from this book will go for hurricane relief efforts along the Gulf coast.

Theresa Coleman blogs, writes and posts her photography at reverend mommy's random thoughts at She is a student, a local pastor in the United Methodist church and the Minister of Christian Education at Grayson United Methodist Church just outside of Atlanta Georgia.

Mary Beth Butler Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Integer aliquam. Ut eros. Suspendisse mauris massa, tristique vel, feugiat in, volutpat nec, odio. In lacus urna, luctus vitae, luctus ut, tincidunt vitae, eros. Sed sapien. Vivamus fringilla convallis quam. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae; Duis adipiscing felis eu nisi feugiat fermentum. Mauris dolor.

Advent Devotional

I've received devotionals from these persons:
Songbird (3)
Quotidian Grace
Jane Ellen
Susan Rose
Pink Shoes
Ann at What is your Only Comfort?
Kathryn at Good in Parts (2)
Auntie Em at No Place Like Home
Reverend Mother (2)
Pure Christian I Think
Emily at Hazelnut Reflections
Terri C at Psalm 121
Rev Stacey (2)
LutheranChik (2)
revmom/ Cheesehead (2)
Lorna at Heavenly Train (2)
Jennifer at Ordinary Time
will smama -- preacher, blogger, procrastinator
Jenee at Textweek
Hey Jules at Faith or Fiction
Reverend Mommy (2)
Emily at Hazelnut Reflections
Susie at Nueva Cantora
Mary Beth
Smallest Angel
Katherine at Any Day

I need a bio for Mia, for sure. I'm going to post the document -- PLEASE look at it and pass on opinion/corrections. If there is no scripture, I need the scripture from you. If there is no prayer, I need a prayer. If there is no bio, I need a bio. I need the version of the scripture, as well. I am organizationally challanged. =o) If I have your name wrong, please let me know. If I have the wrong name on your devotional, again, PLEASE let me know.

The document is found here.

Monday, October 03, 2005


about titles. Well, believe it or not, almost everything we suggested was already in use.

Here's one that is not:
"A Light Blazes in the Darkness" -- This is from The Message, John 1:4

Not used. We could make it
A Light Blazes in the Darkness: Advent Reflections from an Intentional Online Community
Written by members of the RevGalBlogPals Webring
Edited by Theresa Coleman and Mary Beth Butler
Foreword by Gordon Atkinson of

I am still missing devotionals. Please please please send them my way SOON. If you can do one PLEASE let me know.

And aside:
Are shingles contagious? We have 5 people in the church with them right now. And now one side of my face is tingling and burning -- and I have a bit of a rash going on....

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Sunday Fun-Day!

Greetings! Sorry I missed you last week.

In honor of World Communion Sunday today, which I JUST THIS WEEK learned about from one of the blogs on this ring (how cool is that), I'm rounding up what folks have been doing in church.

A Raid on the Inarticulate shares about the results of her church's OP/EN "situational" liturgy. See the Sept. 20 and Sept. 30 entries. The latter one has photos. Very wonderful!

Cheesehead's church "did communion" differently this week and, as she says, "People dealt. I was proud of them for that."

Did you know that FridayMom met God recently? God didn't smell so good. This wasn't within a church building, but definitely within The Church.

Rebel Without a Pew remembers a World Communion Sunday in the past -- don't miss this, you need a laugh!

Lorna shares wonderfulness from her sermon on Spiritual Cosmetics, and Songbird gives a tremendous sermon on the theme that hate and fear must be taught.

St. Casserole has just arrived home. I know she is much in our prayers as she has led her first service in her own church in over a month (is that right!?)

And me, I want to go to Mississippi!


Saturday, October 01, 2005

Fun memes, quizzes and questions

I'd like to concur with those who have observed that with 70 some bloggers in our webring, it is now nearly impossible to do a comprehensive round-up without spending more time than any of us intended the rounding-up task to take.

With that in mind, I've chosen a theme for the day. They're fun and very useful when nothing bloggable seems to be happening in your real life. Hazelnut Reflections shares a quiz that reveals What City You Belong In. (I should be in London, apparently) HeyJules passes along a meme in which we share five idiosyncrasies, (if you can limit it to five, that is.) Jo(e) introduces an original "numbers meme". And Pink Shoes in the Pulpit asks us, "What's in Your Car??"

Now you all have something to do. Have fun!