Kristen’s Korner
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June 17, 2018, 3:00 PM

Women of the Cloth

Sharing this in honor of those that have come before me, shoulder to shoulder with those that serve with me, and most importantly in defense of those that come after me ... 
1. Mean words said in a nice tone are still mean. 
2. Regardless of your respect for the person you should still respect the position of pastor. 
3. When you are chewing out the pastor, talking bad to her/and about her people are watching and listening. It is these actions that are the foundation of the bad reputation that is being built within the church and community. IT is not the pastor or the church itself that is creating this dynamic.
4. Gossip is also a sin so watch where you are pointing fingers. 
5. Don’t expect a female pastor to cook and clean and other random jobs if you would not ask a male to do it also. 
6. Don’t assume that because she is a female that her job is second and cutting her pay or just not paying her won’t effect her family’s livelihood. 
7. Verbal and written threats are still abuse. 
8. Treat the clergy family with the grace you would like given to your family. 
9. Ordained Ministers are called to word, sacrament, service, and order deciding her Biblical stand on her gender is sexist. 
10. Compliment her sermon not her hair, cloths or other items. 

We are all called and gifted to lift up and build up the church (Body of Christ); abuse, criticism, neglect all are ways to trifle away time and do not build up the kingdom of GOd.


June 15, 2018, 3:00 PM

Why I Wear Red Shoes

Why I wear red shoes on ordination day.
In 2010 when I was ordained I wore red shoes...
Today I and other brothers and sisters in ministry wore red shoes as a member of the BOM for the ordination service. I had read an article long ago that was in association with the one I attach to this post. With that said ...
I wear red shoes in affirmation of the work of the Holy Spirit in my calling and the call of others in ministry. That's why we wear red stoles right?
So why shoes?
Let's be honest when you are wearing a robe there is not much to separate you from others but your shoes. Women's shoes can be bold. Red is a bright color that calls for attention and represents love.
But why join this group, why seek this point of attention?
I wear red shoes out of great thanksgiving for those female clergy that have walked, run, stumbled, jumped, crawled, blazed, and prepared the path for me to serve as an Elder in the United Methodist Church. This year we celebrate 60 years of full ordination rights for women.
I wear red shoes for the clergy women that have been the first woman to serve at a church, as I have experienced this too.
I wear red shoes for those that have been denied appointments due to being a women.
I wear red shoes for the spouses of clergy women that are not invited to the clergy spouses retreats.
I wear red shoes for moms that hold babies as they proclaim the word, proclaim the word while their babies cry in the pews, and who carry babies within them as they continue to serve full time in ministry.
And lots of other personal reasons.
I wear red shoes to celebrate the women that were the first to proclaim the risen savior. For the daughters and sons that will be prophets from Hebrews. For the woman at the well that laid down her "red A" on her chest when Jesus offered her living water. And for the women of the Old Testament that found comfort and freedom in the red tent.
It is an honor to wear red shoes today and I do it with humble thanksgiving.


November 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Get your house in order and your jobs done so that when you can help (Smokey Mt. fires)

It's Advent, right? The season of hope and waiting.

What happens when a crisis hits so big that not one person alone can solve it, so big that it affects a community or a mountain of people?

We send those who are trained first. We pray for their families and assist them if we can. We help the families with pick-ups and drop-offs and take food.

We wait and pray to do more. We don’t do nothing, but pray and prepare.

Get your house in order and your jobs done so that when you can help --  when help is called in to clean up the disaster – you will be ready to serve.

Collect items needed. Pray, wait, and prepare you and your family to serve.

The United Methodist Church has disaster-relief response teams, and I look forward to hearing from them and helping guide the congregation I serve and my family in a prayerful response to the fires around us.

If we can wait for the coming of Christ this Advent season and prepare our homes, churches, and communities, we can wait and prepare to serve as Christ's hand in a crisis to our brothers and sisters in need.

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