My Grandmother's funeral was last week. All of her children plus all her grandchildren were there. And we celebrated her whole life. Her kids knew her most and most benefitted from her calmness and kindness. And we grandchildren benefit too from a legacy of life-giving, not life-diminishing. She was loving and beautiful and I felt... Continue Reading →
Every Body: Thoughts On My Daughter Realizing She’s a Girl
"If there is to be any redemption, this earth and no other, this body and no other, must have the capacity to take God's grace into itself." Hans Urs Von Balthazar in Against the Gnostic Heresies So I have a friend who owns a company that sells blankets. These blankets are handmade by women who have... Continue Reading →
Everyday Influence -Listen, Listen, Listen, We Are All Leaders.
Between the Dark and the Daylight, Mary Pratt, 2011 AND HERE WE ARE! Number 6 of 6. We’ve heard from 7 women in total. 7 very different women of different ages, different life experiences, different places of work and calling—and all of them looking at their own life and seeing something very valuable. ... Continue Reading →
Everyday Influence – The Interconnection of Us All
Supper Table, Mary Pratt, 1969 In this fourth installment of the Everyday Influence project we will hear from Jodi. Jodi is an activist, entrepreneur, retreat facilitator, incredible question asker. Her deep insights really centre in questions of community – human community but also ecology – how every alive thing and process is connected. She... Continue Reading →
Everyday Influence -Mentoring and Story
Specimen From Another Time, Mary Pratt, 2001 OK!!!! It’s the third! Today we will hear from Beth. Beth is a wife, mom, theologian, a professor, a church leader. She is a tenured prof at Ambrose Seminary. Beth and I (and her husband Jon) met as students at Regent College in Vancouver and to my... Continue Reading →
Everyday Influence – Being True over Being Successful
Hollowed Eggs, Mary Pratt, 1983 Everyday people, doing everyday things, thinking everyday thoughts –this is what shapes the world. In this series of everyday influence, I asked everyday women what influence looks like in their lives. And I got incredible responses from them. This is our second post in this series and here we... Continue Reading →
The Everyday Influence of the Woman You Stood Behind At The Grocery Store
Smears of Jam, Lights of Jelly by Mary Pratt, 2007 A friend and I were talking in her living room in the last week of summer. My kids were at a camp, hers were playing downstairs in the basement. The conversation rambled as it does when you are with good friends. Soon we found... Continue Reading →
Once There Was A Girl….
So, the rumors are true – this girl is getting ordained! It seems like a pretty simple sentence but behind it is a lifetime or two of wading through what it means to be a woman of faith, intellect, spirit and questioning. And it’s at once a hard and good story. But for now I... Continue Reading →