Anna Flowers Ordination

Ordination – Answering a Call

This past Sunday, as New York was digging out from mountains of snow, I celebrated one of the most important days of my life – I was ordained into authorized ministry in the United Church of Christ. Surrounded by friends, family, mentors in ministry, seminary colleagues, and my home church community – Kirkwood UCC – […]


Don’t Give Up Chocolate This Lent

This ad caught my attention.  I am not interested in the Dynamic Catholic program, but this ad is different. For some of us, Lent is all about giving things up- chocolate, meat, or something else desirable.  For others of us Lent is not something we have ignored.  Didn’t sound like much fun so why find […]

Last Advent Reflection of the Season

ANGEL-FILLED ADVENT by Ann Weems   Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Advent came filled with angels and alleluias? Wouldn’t it be perfect if we were greeted on these December mornings with a hovering of heavenly hosts tuning their harps and brushing up on their fa-la-las? Wouldn’t it be incredible if their music filled our waking […]

Advent Day 24: Jose y Maria

On this rainy day so close to Christmas, let us look towards those who are without shelter – the Marys and Josephs – Joses and Marias – in our midst. There we will find God. Image: Jose y Maria by Everett Patterson.

Advent Day 23: The season isn’t always joyous

“Just hours after his 28-year-old grandson died, a shaken former President Jimmy Carter broke the news to his Plains, Georgia, church and then taught Sunday School.” This news really moved me. Not just that President Carter’s beloved grandson, Jeremy, died. But that hours after it happened, the President showed up at his church, shared the […]


Advent Day 22: In Search of Our Kneeling Places

Today’s Advent Reflection.   “In Search of Our Kneeling Places” by Ann Weems   In each heart lies a Bethlehem, an inn where we must ultimately answer whether there is room or not. When we are Bethlehem-bound we experience our own advent in his. When we are Bethlehem-bound we can no longer look the other […]

Advent Day 21: Christmas in California

This new Christmas song by the Rev. Vince Anderson is an autobiographical tale of the Rev.’s Christmas past, and his hope for the present and the future. The Rev. grew up in Fresno, California and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. In the spirit of the holiday and as a tribute to his two hometowns, all […]