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 eighth 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-nine years in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I’m the author or editor of twenty books. Co-author Maria Mankin and I are particularly excited about the recent volume (Pilgrim Press, 2017) of A Child Laughs – Prayers of Justice and Hope, an anthology including the work of more than seventy-seven contributors from around the world. I am so grateful to all who made this new book possible.
Other 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, Transgendering Faith, with Leanne. Published three years ago was the Shakespeare Reader and Other Christmas Tales which is fun and fiction. I write poetry and flash fiction, and am a eight-year NaNoWriMo winner (if you know, you know)
I retired from parish ministry on Christmas Day, 2016. I was always bivocational — parish pastor and liturgical and secular writer and teacher, and now I have a more intentional focus on my writing and a true calling to encourage other writers, and use writing to support justice action.
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. I happy to be invited almost anywhere!
In addition to group work I have much 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. I also offer online classes — which involve five prompts created for the individual’s need and interest (some folks take five weeks and others five months), reflecting on the writing online — edits, suggestions and praise — and meeting in person or on skype/facetime for an hour concluding session.
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, introverts to a person, they stand here loved but unnamed.