Monthly Archives: May 2013

A first for my alma mater

I am delighted to hear that Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has elected Dr. Lallene Rector to be President.  She will serve as the first woman and the first lay-person to do so.

Dr. Lallene Rector, first woman and layperson to be elected President of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.

Dr. Lallene Rector

Good things are coming for the school, and for the Methodist Church!

She has personally been a friend and a mentor to me.  Raising a glass to you, Lallene!

See this link for the full announcement: Dr. Lallene Rector


Mother God

An excellent sermon by Steve Van Kuiken about our Mother God:  HERE

A wonderful reminder of our failed attempts to apprehend or comprehend the Divine–of the limits of our language, and the joy of understanding analogy and metaphor.

–Sermon originally delivered on May 12, 2013 at Lake Street Church of Evanston, Evanston, IL.

The political roots of Mother’s Day…

Mother’s Day had its origin in the United States soon after the Civil War. In 1870, Julia Ward Howe issued the original Mother’s Day Proclamation shown below.  This statement promoted disarmament, the promotion of peace, and the end of bloodshed. What a powerful proclamation!

There is no sentimental mention of cards, flowers, or jewelry.

Anna Jarvis actually founded Mother’s Day in honor of her mother Anna Reeves Jarvis who was an activist for health and sanitary conditions for children in the 1850’s and 60’s. She was led to this activism by way of her own personal tragedy of losing eight of her twelve children to diseases.

Anna Jarvis

Anna Jarvis

Anna Jarvis wanted a day to raise the appreciation for mothers and for what matters most to them, the health and safety of their children. She wound up so against the commercialization of Mother’s Day that she spent every last dime fighting against it.


Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
“We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies;
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. ”
From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says: “Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. ”
Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

-Julia Ward Howe, 1870

Julia Ward Howe

Julia Ward Howe

Want to know what Depression is like?

Want to know what Depression is like?

The best description of depression I’ve ever seen.  Really.