Pastoral Care (Page 2)

December Thoughts from Pastor Erika

A friend of mine – she’s my age, 38 – has a Lego piece forever imprinted on her forehead. When she was very young, she fell, and landed face-first on the tiny red block, and even today, if you look really closely, you can see the outline of the rectangle with two small circles tucked inside […]

November Thoughts from Pastor Erika

What’s the rule again? As a pastor, I can’t tell people, from the pulpit, who I think they should vote for? I think that’s it. Are there rules about what I can say in newsletters? (Just kidding. (Mostly.)) This election season, like all that have come before it, has me thinking about values and principles and […]

October Thoughts from Pastor Erika

The archives, I may have told you, are gorgeous. Church records were for many years hand- written in perfect calligraphy into a book with a marbled brown cover. The long, narrow book holds meeting minutes, attendance lists, expense records, and community covenants. But there’s more: Old bulletins tell of a sermon series “introducing His Royal Majesty, […]

September Thoughts from Pastor Erika

In high school, my friend Todd worked at a grocery store. I brought some bread and fruit through his checkout line once and was surprised to see a bright green sticker on his nametag that announced, “I’M NEW HERE!” I asked him, “Haven’t you worked here for a while now?” He told me, “I’ve been […]

Thoughts from Pastor Erika – June

In Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 1868 novel, ‘The Idiot’, one character asks another, “Is it true that you once said, ‘Beauty will save the world’?”  The question is often misquoted as a statement, an affirmative – but I think it’s worth considering as a question. We are surrounded by beauty – the peaks of Mt. Hood and […]

Thoughts from Pastor Erika – May

“It’s a good day to be an American Baptist.” That’s what Judy Fackenthal, current president of our denomination, said to a small group of clergy women who gathered in Santa Fe, New Mexico a few weeks ago too. It was near the end of our week – we’d spent time in prayer and study and […]

Thoughts from Pastor Erika – April

One of the incredible gifts of my role here as pastor is getting to listen to people’s stories. Often, people with no real connection to this place – except that they happened to be driving by, or they once knew someone here, or they found themselves in need and someone pointed them this way – often […]