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women, men & church: what hurts, what helps

By Kathy / September 22, 2014 / 14 Comments

Two fridays ago The Refuge hosted our first “Beyond Seminary: Moving Theology into Practice” gathering. Our amazing friend and seminary professor Dr. Deborah Loyd facilitated and we were challenged, encouraged, inspired in all kinds of ways. There were 25 of us there, 21 women and 4 men. Yep. That was a little hard for me but […]

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the road to equality is paved with friendship.

By Kathy / February 12, 2013 / 21 Comments

* this post is part of the february synchroblog.  this month’s topic is centered around cross-gender friendships, a topic i have written a lot about over the years. the link list for other bloggers writing on this topic this month are below so check them out. also, i am excited to be part of this year’s […]

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the christmas story, friendship, and our crazy notions about neat & tidy.

By Kathy / December 11, 2012 / 14 Comments

* today is the december synchroblog.  the topic is advent: tell me a story, places where we see God’s love & hope & peace & joy in the midst. i didn’t really write this post for the synchroblog, but the more i thought about it, the more it does fit.  it’s the crazy unexpected story […]

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charisma, fairy dust and our addiction to kings

By Kathy / October 17, 2012 / 27 Comments

last week we hosted a small gathering of co-pastors from 5 different communities/4 different states. it was a lovely, simple time centered on sharing the ups and downs of shared leadership and pastoring these kinds of nutty churches.  i have a lot of respect for people who co-pastor because it is a very unpopular & rare […]

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out of the mouths of co-pastors, final post

By Kathy / March 2, 2012 / 3 Comments

this is the final post in this series on co-pastoring, some thoughts from some friends who are doing the work in their own contexts.  to me, co-pastoring reflects different parts working together the way it’s supposed to be–one’s weakness is another’s strength.  it can come in all different shapes & forms, but the most important […]

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out of the mouths of co-pastors, part 1 of 2

By Kathy / February 29, 2012 / 2 Comments

one thing i am notorious for is starting projects and taking forever to finish them!  if i have a deadline, i do. but if i don’t (and when it’s your own blog you can do whatever you want to do), i’m toast.  finally, i’d like to finish the co-pastoring series i started last year.  you […]

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