Sparkly Shoed Evangelism

Sparkly Shoed Evangelism

A dear friend recently invited me to a holiday party, so I of course showed up in my best, most ridiculous, blue, sparkly platform heels.  My shoes were a big hit and  my friend delighted in telling his other guests that I am a pastor.  And because I was at this party at the home of a gay man, and because I was wearing sparkly shoes, suddenly people who had never wanted to talk to a pastor before were hanging out with me, asking all sorts of questions about faith and God and life. This is my method of evangelism.  Showing up where people are as myself, my full, God created self, and being open about that.  I love shoes and sparkle.  I love Jesus.  I watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer and read Bonhoeffer.  I’m a mom who needs my mama friends to help me figure out this parenting a teen thing.  I’m someone who walks with people and offers them support as they figure out life. I’ve read a million articles on authenticity and how it’s the key to sharing faith.  I’m always a pastor, and happy to talk about that whatever the surroundings.  Part of the beauty and importance of church planting is that we get to be the unexpected community.  It’s a great place to be able to break down walls and help people connect with their authentic selves as they explore faith. I’m so glad that sometimes this job includes wearing fabulous shoes. -Eilidh...
My Cup Runneth Over with Deacons

My Cup Runneth Over with Deacons

My husband Jeff is an ordained Deacon.  In the United Methodist Church Deacons are specialized ministers.  When they are ordained they are sent out to a ministry of word, service, compassion, & justice.  For Jeff this is lived out as he shares the word through music at SFC and as he coordinates our service experiences, helping us as a community show compassion to our neighbors and work for justice in our world. Jeff has been part of SFC since the beginning.  While his main gig is L.A.S.T, the mission trip program he runs, he is officially recognized by the bishop as being appointed to be part of Sellwood Faith Community.  At the beginning of 2018 we were lucky enough to have another Deacon appointed to SFC.  Laura Jaquith Bartlett has been a part of our community since the spring.  As her family settled in to their new neighborhood they all became more and more involved in SFC.  When time came for her ministry to be announced it was clear that this faith community was her spiritual home. Laura is an incredibly gifted person.  She has been leading our taize worship since the fall and it has been some of the most holy, contemplative, and meaningful worship in which I have participated.  I am so looking forward to all the ways the three of us, along with the rest of the SFC community continue to engage in ministries led by our Deacons in word, service, compassion, and justice. -Eilidh...
New Year

New Year

For the first time in a long time I took a week off from this blog.  I’ve been writing every week for almost 5 years, scheduling posts for vacations and inviting guest writers in at times.  This month however I knew I needed to simply let go for a bit.  I was off for 10 days and it was lovely.  I basically did nothing for the first part of the vacation and then for the last part did everything with my family at Disney World.  It was a perfect chance to relax and have fun with the people I love best. This vacation coincided with a new year.  I took advantage of this traditional time to reflect on the prior year and think about what God was calling me to in the coming year. And I realize, that once again, it’s time to adjust course.  It’s been so easy to get wrapped up in the day to day of church here at Trinity.  I’ve been so grateful for these 6 months of getting settled in, but now the focus needs to be on how am I living out my faith and how am I creating space for people to know God more fully? I started my first day back from vacation with tidying up around the house a little, taking advantage of some extra time in the morning.  Then I had breakfast at my favorite local bakery and used the time to organize and center myself while I ate.  Then I dropped by the local elementary school to work on a favor for the principal there and catch up...