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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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    Correcting Joy in Swimming Pools and Pulpits: Do Y'all Need a Hug?

    Correcting Joy in Swimming Pools and Pulpits: Do Y’all Need a Hug?

    One of my least favorite parental duties is swimming lessons. They are tedious and trying and the teachers are far too patient. When I was a kid we took swim lessons everyday for two weeks. They dumped us in the pool. We gasped for air. And then we swam. Nowadays, you take your child to […]

    Mockingbird NYC: All Such Good Works

    Mockingbird NYC: All Such Good Works

    I first saw the couple waiting in line at the airport ticketing desk. I was probably standing 25 feet away. They were elderly and Indian. The wife wore a bindi on her head, the traditional marker of marriage in Hinduism and a protection from the evil eye. Neither of them looked like they’d showered in […]

    When Compassion Hung on a Cross: Mr. Rogers, Janusz Korczak, and Other Unnecessary Miracles

    When Compassion Hung on a Cross: Mr. Rogers, Janusz Korczak, and Other Unnecessary Miracles

    Of all the questions I get in the ministry, “Why aren’t there miracles anymore?” is one that has dumbfounded me for a long time. We read the Gospels and see Jesus enacting one miracle after another. A banquet of food is made from a lunch pail. Healings come one after another. People are raised from […]

    Hopelessly Devoted: Matthew Twenty Seven Verses Three Through Five

    Hopelessly Devoted: Matthew Twenty Seven Verses Three Through Five

    When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” So Judas threw the money into the […]

    From Ruth Graham: Why Imputation Parenting Books Will Never Sell

    From Ruth Graham: Why Imputation Parenting Books Will Never Sell

    Some years ago, when we had our first child, the trend of putting babies in a kind of “truth telling” onesie had begun. We got several as well meaning gifts. You know the ones. They blaze phrases like, Loud and Proud or Troublemaker in Training across an infant’s tiny chest. Interestingly, I was given many more of these for […]

    Wakanda is Where the Real Wonder Women (and Men) Live

    Wakanda is Where the Real Wonder Women (and Men) Live

    I am not a big fan of superhero movies. Blame it on my low anthropology or disdain for a predictable plotline. It’s both really. So when a big budget comic book film comes out that I am interested in, I go with gusto. Which is why I H.A.T.E.D. Wonder Woman. The whole thing made me […]

    The Romance of Ash Wednesday

    The Romance of Ash Wednesday

    This year Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday happen to be kissing cousins. On the same day that people everywhere will purchase bear stuffed animals holding hearts that say, “I love you beary much,” people will also have ashes smeared on their heads as a person whispers to them, “You are dust and to dust you […]

    Turns Out Sex Is Still a Big Deal

    Turns Out Sex Is Still a Big Deal

    Like many people, for the past few days I have wrestled with what to make of the (too) well documented evening that a woman had with actor/comedian/writer Aziz Ansari. If you are living under a rock, a woman called “Grace” (hell of a pseudonym), had what she called the worst night of her life with […]

    Heaven for Heretics: A Vision from <i>Coco</i> (and Memaw)

    Heaven for Heretics: A Vision from Coco (and Memaw)

    This past October my grandmother went home to Jesus. She was as faithful as they come and her absence has left a hole in the heart of our family. It is one that will not be filled this side of heaven. Her funeral was in a small Southern Baptist church with simply stained glass windows […]

    I'm Going to Be Nothing: On Giving Up at a Christmas Pageant

    I’m Going to Be Nothing: On Giving Up at a Christmas Pageant

    When our daughter announced last week that she wanted to be “nothing” in the Christmas Pageant this year, I was like cool, cool. Totally fine. It’s just that you’re already assigned to be one of the angels. And you look like an actual angel. Oh, and your Dad is the minister at the church. But […]

    The Very Persistent Pirate: A Thank You Note from Houston

    Dear Mockingsupporters,

    This isn’t a normal post. I’m not here to talk about the wonders of Martin Luther or to tell you that Advent could be more chill. I am writing to thank you.

    Yesterday I visited our neighborhood school and talked with a room full of first graders about what it’s like to be a published author. This past fall, they worked for months writing and “publishing” their own books. The topics ranged from Pokémon to Cats to Jesus (“’cause it’s close to Christmas”). As St. Whitney profoundly sang, I do believe the children are our future.

    I fielded questions about what it is like to be a published author. I wanted to share some of my favorites with you:

    1. Does your book have any explosions in it?
    2. Did you know that the Mockingbird is the state bird of Texas?
    3. I have a sister named Maddy.

    Of course, in talking about being a published author, there was no way I could actually read from my own book. Not only is Churchy not public school safe, it’s not really “safe church” either. Besides, it didn’t seem like the place to offer the little girls a cautionary tale about the difficulties of being a mother and a priest.

    Anyway.

    When they asked me to spend some time with the kids I knew immediately the book I had to read: Mockingbird’s own The Very Persistent Pirate. It casts a picture of grace that is foreign to most of us in this frightening world. The Kid in the story keeps doing the wrong thing and the Pirate continues in his persistent generosity. They even have a party at the end. I needed to hear it more than the children did.

    Plus, The Persistent Pirate has the word “booty” in it no less than 4 times. Which is a real riot when you are 7.

    But these are not just any kids at any school. These are kids at a school in Houston. They are from neighborhoods that were hit particularly hard by Hurricane Harvey. Many of their houses flooded which meant that entire childhood libraries were lost. Many of you donated to make sure that every one of those first graders received their own copy of The Very Persistent Pirate. So thank you.

    As one little girl exclaimed to me, “YOU MEAN WE GET TO TAKE IT HOME?!”

    Yes. Yes you do.

    Grateful,

    Sarah

    Praise the Lord: I Saw the Light (this Advent)

    Praise the Lord: I Saw the Light (this Advent)

    Its official, men are no longer sure what they can say. Last week an elderly gentleman complimented my outfit and then promptly recanted and apologized. Little did he know that as a 35 year old mother of two zoo animals, I actually appreciate being told I look nice. Nonetheless, I suppose we will all just […]