About Maren C. Tirabassi

I love to read and write and gather up the words of others in written form so that other people can read them. As I enter into the sixth year of “Gifts in Open Hands – A Blog for a Pentecost Year” I am grateful that this electronic format allows me to continue this precious sharing.

I’ve been a local church pastor in the United Church of Christ for thirty-seven years in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  I’m the author or editor of twenty books. Recent Pilgrim Press titles are From the Psalms to the Cloud — Connecting with the Digital Age with Maria Mankin, Gifts in Open Hands — Resources for the Global Community with Kathy Wonson Eddy, All Whom God Has Joined, (resources for same-gender loving marriage) with Leanne McCall Tigert, Before the Amen (anthology of worship resources) with Maria Caring for Ourselves while Caring for our Elders, with Maria and Leanne, Daybook for New Voices (365 prayers and poems by youth) with Maria. Published two years ago was the Shakespeare Reader and Other Christmas Tales which is fun and fiction. I write poetry and flash fiction, and am a five-year NaNoWriMo winner (if you know, you know)

People have asked what my plans are after my retirement this December. My transition from bivocational parish and writing ministry will focus on my writing and encouraging other writers. I and co-author Maria Mankin are very excited about the late spring arrival from Pilgrim Press of A Child Laughs – Prayers of Hope and Justice, an anthology including the work of more than seventy-five contributors from around the world. In the fall there will be a new book of Advent and Christmas poetry, prayer and worship resources.

I am expanding my workshops on writing poetry, liturgy, memoir or fiction. I have experience with schools, senior settings, faith communities, correctional facilities, recovery and survivor groups, and English Language Learners. I offer both spiritual and secular single workshops, a series of events, or retreats.

In addition to group work I will have more time for my book mentor or book consultant practice. Over the years I’ve nudged, organized and edited many books — from memoir to cozy mystery. Some new writers need one solid session of bouncing ideas or setting a schedule, while others need ongoing editing or publishing suggestions A website in development will share author testimonials.

And for fun?? I love hiking, swimming, board games, dogs (especially beagles), and attending science fiction and fantasy conventions. I’m going to do more of that!  I am always deeply supported by my family and I will be spending more time with them, but, a household of introverts all, they stand here loved but unnamed.

33 Responses to About Maren C. Tirabassi

  1. debbie lou ludolph says:

    Thank you for this wonderful resource! I direct a choir called Inshallah that sings songs of faith from around the world and at each rehearsal I read prayers or contextual information about the countries from which the songs originate. This will be a great resource for us. Thank you so much for your imagination and work!

    blessings in your ministry,
    debbie lou ludolph
    Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
    Waterloo, Ontario

  2. Richard Choe says:

    Love your resource and artistry of images through words.
    Peace,
    Richard C. Choe
    Kingston Road United Church
    Toronto, Canada

    • Maren says:

      Thank you so much. Next week I will have some specifically Canadian Thanksgiving liturgy. I am blogging from the United States and continue to be honored by the many wonderful things shared with me.

  3. Richard Choe says:

    Great! Look forward to Canadian Thanksgiving liturgy. My daily blog contains photo images I have taken with a quote. If you are interested in any of the photos, please let me know. Part of what I do is teaching photography as spiritual practice. Blessings! Peace, R

  4. David Spollett says:

    Dear Maren,
    It was great to read your Still Speaking Devotional today. Your books are in contsant use in my ministry in Fairfield. With thanks for your ministry and with warm memories of your tender pastoral care in Melrose those many years ago. David Spollettnd

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  6. Linda Curtis-Stolper says:

    I was introduced to your blog by a mentor and am very grateful to have been brought here – what a wealth of beautifully written faith statements! (I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa too – it’s a small world.) I am currently involved with coursework that will qualify me to serve as a lay pastor within the Presbyterian Church (USA). I am open to God’s leading me to wherever it is I am supposed to be serving God by serving others, but am wondering if I am being pointed in the direction of writing. I have written some psalms based on contemporary situations as part of exploring possibilities. Would you be interested in reading some of what I’ve done or do you have any suggestions of other outlets I might explore? I’ve been encouraged to start my own blog but don’t feel I have enough of my own writing to support that type of commitment at this point. Thanks for any insights, and for sharing inspiration from yourself and others.

    • Maren says:

      Linda, lovely to hear from you. I taught worship for thirteen years in the UCC but also joint CENTER LEARN program in Des Moines and have missed it the last two years. I would love to read some of your psalms.Please send some to mctirabassi@hotmail.com. I know that I won’t be able to read them with much presence of mind till Lent is started but I would look forward to seeing them then.

  7. Rosalie Sugrue says:

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational thoughts and enabling others to do likewise. You are creating a thing of beauty that will be a continuing joy.

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  9. Yoshiko says:

    Thank you on behalf of Daylight Tune Ministry to like our guest post. May our poetry bless your hearts and minds 🙂

  10. Alfred Williams says:

    Maren, What a joy that by a stoke of good fortune I found you and your website. al willams

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  12. Vicki says:

    I am searching for a resource of yours that I got from Imaging the Word curriculum years ago – “Let Me Tell You a Story.” I have the words – but I would love to get my hands on the music. I once had it on a cassette tape – but that has long since disappeared. I just love it so much.

    • Maren says:

      Vicki, Thank you so much for the kind words. Wow — that’s been a long time ago. Robert Adams music was wonderful. Do you have a snail mail address you could send along. I think that I can find the sheet music and send you a copy. I am also in touch with him so, if I cannot put my hands on it I can have him send it to you.

      • parentsfisher says:

        Oh, yes!! Send it to: Faith Lutheran Church, attn. Vicki, 837 Chestnut Ave., Hastings, NE 68901

      • Maren says:

        Thanks so much, Vicki. Sorry to be slow in responding to this. I was away and not attending to my blog. I will go hunting now for the music and hopefully can send you a copy or get Robert to send you one.

  13. Maren says:

    He has it — won’t be able to send until Monday. He could send to an email address.

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  15. Rev Jim Tschudy says:

    Thank you Maren for your writing that touches my heart and expands my mind. I look forward every morning to your writing…,

    • Maren says:

      Goodness, thank you so very much for your kind words. It means a lot to me that the things I am forutnate enough to have the time and energy to write and to share of others’ writings speak to someone else!

  16. nancyros2013 says:

    Maren,
    I’ve been looking through your blog for your writings on the prodigal son. I found a chilling one about the elder child who leaves town. I found one about the parent sharing a cup for three. Someone told me that you had written more and assume you’ve got one from the perspective of the younger son.

    I plan to use these readings for worship on Sunday, March 19 when the narrative lectionary focuses on this parable.
    Hope that you are well. Your writing is so very powerful and a blessing to me. My email is nancyros@midcoast.com

    Nancy Duncan

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