My Active Health — Nurse Coaching

PCUSA clergy friends:  I have grown over this past year to appreciate the “Nurse Coach” program provided by the Board of Pensions.  I visit with my coach every six to eight weeks.  No charge!  Confidential!  We set goals in each visit designed to improve my health.  I receive wonderful counsel for follow-up visits with local doctors.  If part of the pension plan, I strong recommend this program!



I am disappointed that the Saginaw City Council voted to postpone, indefinitely, the proposed non-discrimination ordinance that would afford protections for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.  I honestly felt a full spectrum of views along with an abundance of documentation was given the council so they could make an informed decision.   Another period of study (behind closed doors???) is suspicious.  Will we know who is invited to participate in these discussions?  Will ALL council members be part of these discussions?  If so, these should be/must be OPEN MEETINGS!

I also felt that the comments made by councilmen Fitzpatrick were totally inappropriate.  To quote:

“I will never vote for this, ever,” Fitzpatrick said. “No matter how many amendments you put in here. Because sexual mores — your choice of what you do behind closed doors — has nothing to do with being a good citizen. It has nothing to do with the city of Saginaw. It has nothing to do with what we’re charged here at this Council to do. Shame, shame on you.”  (Saginaw News, Mark Tower,  4/23/14)


I was embarrassed in his calling the public presentations, from my recollection, “theatrics”.   Well organized, yes!   What’s wrong with being organized?  At least now we  now where this councilman stands!

From where I sit as a pastor, this is a straight-forward human rights issue that deserves to be passed — enthusiastically — in support of the LGBT community.  Will the City Council embrace doing what is right?  Without futher delay?    







A Prayer for Pastors on Easter by Brian McLaren

Found this wonderful prayer in the archives of Brian McLearn, March 31, 2013

A prayer for pastors on Easter

Dear Lord, I pray for all the pastors today Who will feel enormous pressure to have their sermon Match the greatness of the subject and will surely feel they have failed. (I pray even more for those who think they have succeeded.)

Help them to know that it is enough Simply and faithfully to tell the story Of women in dawn hush … Of men running half-believing … Of rolled stones and folded grave-clothes … Of a supposed gardener saying the name of a crying woman … Of sad walkers encountering a stranger on the road home … Of an empty tomb and overflowing hearts.

Give them the wisdom to know that sincere humility and awe Surpass all homiletic flourish On this day of mysterious hope beyond all words.

Make them less conscious of their responsibility to preach, And more confident of the Risen Christ Who presence trumps all efforts to proclaim it.

Considering all the Easter choirs who will sing beautifully, and those who won’t, And all the Easter prayers that will soar in faith, and those that will stumble and flounder, And all the Easter attendance numbers and offering numbers that will exceed expectations And those that will disappoint … I pray they all will be surpassed by the simple joy Of women and men standing in the presence of women and men, Daring to proclaim and echo the good news: Risen indeed! Alleluia!

For death is not the last word. Violence is not the last word. Hate is not the last word. Money is not the last word. Intimidation is not the last word. Political power is not the last word. Condemnation is not the last word. Betrayal and failure are not the last word. No: each of them are left like rags in a tomb, And from that tomb, Arises Christ, Alive.

Help the preachers feel it, And if they don’t feel it, help them Preach it anyway, allowing themselves To be the receivers as well as the bearers of the Easter News. Alleluia!