New Address/Title for My Blog

As I return to blogging after the conclusion of my three-month summer sabbatical, I’ve decided to establish a new web address for my blog:

Why the address/name change?

Let’s see if I can explain.

When I returned to blogging about a year ago, my intention was to keep my blog separate from my ministry.  I wanted to create space where I could let my hair down and simply be me.  This meant (at least in MY mind at the time) that I could say things a bit more clearly/directly than we pastors are sometimes allowed to say things.

Since that time, however, I’ve learned an important lesson: I can’t separate myself from my ministry – for a huge piece of my identity is shaped by my call to be a pastor.  It doesn’t matter what I talk about – politics … movies … music … philosophy .. you name it.  Whenever I start talking, the perspective of a pastor just seems to ooze out.

I can say that now because this sabbatical I reconnected with a very powerful, very personal truth: being a pastor isn’t what I do; it’s who I am.

For those of you who read my blog and don’t consider yourself to be a church-person – don’t worry.  My reflections won’t be too stiff or too institutional.  I PROMISE not to obsess on the weird things that some pastors obsess about (i.e. annoying church committees or the perils of church potlucks).  Believe me, those things get old to me too!  Instead, I’ll write about a wide range of things that affect all of our lives regardless of what faith-perspective we do (or don’t!) claim.

As I write each entry please know that I have one goal in mind: to share ONE faith-based perspective on the topic.  I hope you won’t feel compelled to adopt my position.  I also hope that you won’t expend too much energy trying to convert me to your opinion.   For if there is one thing my faith has given me that has brought me incredible amounts of hope and joy, it’s that our faith can help us honor and celebrate the differences in God’s wonderful, majestic creation.  Even when those differences threaten to annoy us or tick us off!! 🙂

Thanks for traveling with me on the next leg of the journey.

About Pastor Craig

I'm a 54-year-old who lives in Los Angeles, CA with his black Labrador Retriever named Max. I'm an ordained clergy person in the United Church of Christ. My passions include spirituality, politics, and sports (Go Houston teams, go!). I use my blog to start conversations rather than merely spout my perspectives and opinions. I hope you'll post a question, comment, or observation for me to respond - so we can get the conversation started!
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2 Responses to New Address/Title for My Blog

  1. Anne Gessert says:

    Welcome home! As a therapist and spiritual director I truly, truly get that in your very marrow you are a pastor; that is your calling. You are, of course, in totality, a whole lot more than that; but in this place (WHCC) and in this time you are our pastor and I am so grateful for that.

    However, could you clarify a little more what you mean by “I hope you won’t spend too much time trying to convert me to your opinion”? I faithfully read the wise musings of Jack Spong and Fred Plummer and certainly don’t expect to enter into dialogue with them. Are you saying that is what you want your blog to be – not a dialogue but a place for you to share your thoughts, in essence, to preach to us? I think that is just fine as long as there are other places and times for dialogue. There is much wisdom in this church and it is good for all of us to learn from each other.

    Thanks for listening and clarifying and, again, welcome home.

    Anne Gessert

  2. sandi says:

    Thank you for you today

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