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Episcopal clergy lady at St. Martin's Church, Houston. Mother to Neil and Annie. Wife to Josh.

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    Thanksgiving: A Personal History

    Thanksgiving: A Personal History

    There were the countless Thanksgivings of my childhood spent in the Mississippi Delta. There’s nothing better than farm country in the fall. Harvest has happened and deer hunting season is in full effect. I remember the adults being cavalier with their joy. I would sneak beers, and I once almost lit my Memaw’s house on fire when I was playing with matches. That was not all in the same year.
    Once, in high school, my mom decided we should get up at East Jesus in the Morning and drive to the Baptist Mission Church in downtown Jackson to feed the homeless a Thanksgiving…

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    Lord God, From Even Our Motives, Save Us

    Lord God, From Even Our Motives, Save Us

    This past Sunday was the kind of Sabbath that heals me. It was All Saints Sunday, my husband preached about my grandmother, and the church was full of loud children. During communion, a guy played “Amazing Grace” on the horn. It was a taste of heaven.

    And then I turned on the radio in my car and heard about the horrific church shooting, just a few hours away from us, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. And then I turned the radio off.

    My heart felt too full of heartache. The vision of babies being shot to death in a Baptist church was more…

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    Volunteering to Love My Kids and to Eat Donuts

    Volunteering to Love My Kids and to Eat Donuts

    This is the time of year when my email inbox becomes full of “invitations” for me to volunteer. We have our children in two different schools, with different ways of doing things. And there is a steady stream of electronic missives with subjects lines like: Fall Festival, Donuts with Dad, and Pep Rally. Which has got me thinking, aren’t women in my neighborhood thin enough? Why can’t we have donuts too?

    It also has me wondering if I am the only mother completely overwhelmed by the onslaught of participation asks. It can feel that way. Is everyone signing up to bring…

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    Reformation Celebration: I Will Drink Your Tears With My Champagne

    Reformation Celebration: I Will Drink Your Tears With My Champagne

    In late October, every year, without fail, a group of well-meaning people (men) in mainline denominations go into an official state of mourning because the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is fast approaching. They bemoan (this particular) schism in the church. They talk a lot about Christian Unity (preferably with people who vote the same way they do).

    This October is going to be especially difficult for them, because it marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Sad.

    Meanwhile, the Rev. Mrs. Condon (wife of the Rev. Mr. Condon) will be somewhere all:

    I first noticed this we-don’t-feel-good-about-the-Reformation gang when I was in…

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    Seven Tips for Winning an Argument with Your Spouse

    Seven Tips for Winning an Argument with Your Spouse

    The subtitle in the Love & Death Issue is, naturally, “How to Bring Hell into Your Household.”  

    1. Ignore initial pesky feeling that you might be wrong.

    If you are thinking to yourself that this is the moment to apologize, forget about it. You started this riot in the street and you are damn well going to finish it. Double down on your argument by 1000% Even if (especially if) you no longer believe it.

    2. Ask questions you already know the answer to.

    Did you even read that book I suggested? How many drinks have you had?…

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    Memo From Houston: What Harvey Taught Me

    Memo From Houston: What Harvey Taught Me

    One week you will be doing ballet barre classes and drinking self-righteousness smoothies and the next week you will be hunkered down on a couch in your native Mississippi, crying into your 6am Jimmy Dean pancake on a stick, while endlessly watching the Weather Channel.
    When your husband sends you and your kids away from Houston, you will not see him again for two weeks. You will have brought enough clothing for two days. You will stay with the most generous people you know until you and your family have officially worn out your loudass welcome. And then you will need…

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    The Alt-Right Are Zombies. Stay with Me.

    The Alt-Right Are Zombies. Stay with Me.

    Think about it. They are wandering the streets. They want to destroy those who are not like them. They are screaming for blood. And they are obviously terrifying.

    Christians have put out responses all over the map on this one. Tina Fey (a churchgoing Lutheran) has suggested we yell our anger into sheet cakes. Many of my colleagues have taken to the streets to show great love in the face of hate. Also, word on the street is that Beth Moore is pissed at these guys, too.

    Believers are rightly upset. Racism is undeniably a sin. And apparently the alt-right missed the…

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    Option B: A Primer for When Life Falls Apart

    Option B: A Primer for When Life Falls Apart

    When Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In debuted, I was in seminary with a newborn baby and an hour and a half commute. People in my life who did not have children at home were telling me to read her book right and left. “Its so insightful!” the empty nesters told me. “Women really can have it all!” well-meaning, but childless people insisted.

    Admittedly, I did not buy the book. I saw Sandberg interviewed a handful of times and thought, “I spend most of my nights getting a baby to bed. And then I fall asleep into an account of the…

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    People Are Dying in Texas and I Am a Lucky Schmuck

    People Are Dying in Texas and I Am a Lucky Schmuck

    As a Southern transplant to New York City, riding the subway during rush hour was the most jarring activity of the week. After a long day of work, people were ready to get home and order some takeout. In the summer, everyone smelled bad, me included. Train after train would pass with no room for the crowds to get on. There was always an air of chaos and immediacy that I haven’t experienced in any other setting.

    After a few months of this daily trial, I begin to notice the shift that would happen in myself as I…

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    Stranger Things: When Angels Show Up In Cadillacs

    Stranger Things: When Angels Show Up In Cadillacs

    When I was in the third grade a man tried to abduct me in our neighborhood. I was walking the five houses down to my best friend’s house, a thing I did almost everyday. A man pulled his car over and began to ask me questions.

    He wanted to know my name, how old I was, and where I lived. And then he paused for a moment and said, “Why don’t you take a ride with me?”

    Stranger Danger and a innately suspicious personality made me say “no.”

    He asked a second time if I could “just come a…

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    Love of Children and Fear of the World

    Love of Children and Fear of the World

    Stephen Marche’s The Unmade Bed is the book I cannot stop recommending. He talks about the state of modern marriage with unflinching clarity. And in a bold literary move, his wife provides footnotes. It is like being at a dinner party with the funny, poignant couple who occasionally correct one another’s stories.

    From a theological perspective, the book serves as the perfect, secular counterbalance to Robert Farrar Capon’s Bed and Board. In Capon’s era, it was women who made the bed, but in Marche’s modern take we learn that bed-making is an activity we all long to avoid. Seriously,…

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    Heaven Side Encouragement for Earth Side Ministry: A Remembrance of Ed Salmon

    Heaven Side Encouragement for Earth Side Ministry: A Remembrance of Ed Salmon

    The first time I met the Rev. Ed Salmon, he was ordaining a friend of mine at All Saints, Chevy Chase. I was immediately struck by just how much he felt like a bishop. He was open-hearted, generous, and incredibly Southern.

    Later I came to realize that he had either worked with or had a major impact on many of the Episcopal clergy who I know and love. Years ago, when one of my friends came into the Diocese of South Carolina as a newly ordained priest, Bishop Salmon told him, “In the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina…

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