Essays and Sermons

I am a member of the Redbud Writer’s Guild, and the Collegeville Institute has hosted me for a writing residency. I’m also a regular contributor at RevGalBlogPals. I write on the intersection of faith, culture, and politics, and I have written for Sojourners, Red Letter Christians, Geez, The Redbud Post, and Velvet Ashes. Check out some of those reflections here.


How to Journey in a Pandemic: what silence and labyrinths can teach us when most other journey options are off limits

Leaning Against Trees: a contemplative prayer reflection on the life and teachings of civil rights leader Howard Thurman

Crafting a Better World: how Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman’s TV show Making It offers us a new vision not only of crafting, but also of community

What’s in a Name?: God cares about names in Scriptures, as well as our names today. What do our names, including my hyphenated one, reveal about our identities, justice, and sense of belonging?

Social Media, Lent and Literary Citizenship: social media can be a problem, but it can also be a blessing, as I learned during one Lent a few years ago


Beyond Words, Walls, and Temples: a sermon on what Ezekiel 1 can teach us when everything falls apart

The Judges God Sends Us: a sermon on God’s vision for leadership in Judges 4


Products of Personal Care: meeting needs creatively when it becomes difficult to find everyday toiletries

In the Beginning: reflecting on an unforgettable small group leader God brought my way when I was a pastor at an immigrant church in Shanghai

What’s Missing from Immigration Conversations: what American and German friends taught me about the weight of my US passport

Looking at My Nadir: exploring sabbath and hitting a low point when I was serving as a pastor in Shanghai