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Splendid.

8 Oct

Wow, what a beautiful day!

I told myself that I would spend the day finishing my sermon and getting some cleaning done.  But it’s so hard – who wants to be stuck inside on a day like today!

Somehow I thought a compromise between cleaning and being outside was baking.  Don’t ask.

But now that I have corn muffins, I feel the need to make chili.  So I took to pinterest.  Naturally.

Source: pbs.org via Sarah on Pinterest

Perhaps I should give this recipe a try?

Now I have neither cleaned nor looked at my sermon.  I am officially so much more productive on rainy days.  Someone send help.

Alma Mater Pride

6 Oct

Ever since my ordination, the materials that I have received in the mail from my alma mater (Ursinus College) has tripled.  It’s ironic to me – “Hey, you’re a minister now, we are sure you will have lots of money to give to us!”

Ha. 

The bizarre thing is, I haven’t changed anything with them – I don’t think I ever changed my name or let them know that I was ordained.  And yet, I have been receiving mail to the church addressed to Rev. Sarah E. Weaver.

An eternal mystery.  I am so glad, though!  I loved my time at Ursinus – I am so grateful for the faculty and staff who taught lessons beyond the classroom and cannot wait to give back (though I doubt I will ever have enough to have a building named after me!).

Anyway, the point of this post was not to dream about a future “Sarah Weaver Center For Theological Studies” (oooooo, that has a nice ring to it).  The point was to show off what I found when I was reading the magazine:

Look at me and my wonderful church in the Ursinus Magazine!  This is under the “Class Notes” section.  How exciting!

Speaking of my wonderful church – I have a lot of work to do.  See you later!  xoxo

Soups I Am Pining Over

28 Sep
Oh man.  Y’all.  These ribs?  Even better 24 hours later.
I just had to get that off my chest.
Onto my terrible Pinterest pun.  If you follow me over there, you will see that I have an entire “board” dedicated to soups.  What can I say?  ‘Tis the season!  And with both of us working full time, soups are easy to cook in bulk and use as quick lunches.  I don’t have much of my own cooking to share today (I had lunch with some colleagues and had leftovers for dinner) so I thought I would share what I have been pinning/pining – hopefully we’ll make some version of them soon!
Source: flickr.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Anything catch your eye?

I’m pretty sure if you click on the pictures it will take you to my pinterest page and you can click from there over to the recipes.  Which one should we try first?

Cooking With Fire

26 Sep

Dinner is going to be good tonight.

Bruce and I both have the day off and are buckling down to get the house in order.  We shall be rewarded later …

What I Want In Life

26 Sep

Bruce took this photo of me on our trip to Colt State Park last Monday.

I think this image encapsulates my true self.  Spending time outside on a sunny, fall day.  By the water.  Camera in my hand. Cowboy boots on my feet.  Bruce at my side.  Looking forward.

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If you are in need of hearing an awesome sermon on rest, renewal and sabbath, please check out my friend Tim’s sermon this morning at Oakhurst Church.  It really is spot on  – I am inspired!


2011 Sept 18th The Rhythms of Shalom from Oakhurst Church on Vimeo.

Good night all! xoxo

Final Thoughts

22 Sep

Last night was tough.

Bruce and I sat on the couch watching TV and getting updates on the case online.  We didn’t say much to one another.  What could we say?

Eventually Bruce went to bed.  I turned on Anderson Cooper.  I watched his team of journalists try to hold it together.  I cried.  I texted my friends in Atlanta who I attended vigils/protests for Troy with when I was in seminary and told them that I missed them.

Devastating.

But I woke up this morning and knew I had to pull it together.  I needed to make a hospital visit, do some long-term worship prep, reply to an inbox full of emails, etc. etc.

Life goes on.  But that doesn’t mean that it has to be the same.

Calvin asked me on twitter last night if I could give my thoughts on the entire Troy Davis case as both as pastor and a blogger and I am happy to at least try.

Here is the thing about me and politics.  I generally try to stay off of them, especially when it comes to public platforms like the public and my blog.  The reality is that I serve a diverse congregation with very diverse opinions and I do not think that it is my job to tell people what to believe or to speak on behalf of them – it is my job to guide them along their own journey.  I generally refuse to speak publicly about sticky political issues – the death penalty is one of them.

That being said – how could I not speak out against this?  This wasn’t a death penalty case.  This was a case where the system broke down and a person died because of it.  A man was put to death because of a trial based almost solely on eye witness testimony. 

Eye witness testimonies that have been pulled by eye witnesses that said they were coerced into saying and signing what they did.

I don’t know what happened that day in Savannah.  But I do know that – in the end – there was not enough evidence to execute Troy Davis.  There was – as everyone kept on saying – too much doubt. The state of Georgia did something last night that they cannot take back.

And that devastates me.

And that is why I felt like I needed to say something.

As a pastor, I will say that we live in an imperfect world.  The systems that exist within our world are man made and have faults.  I think that every day it is both our right and our responsibility as human beings to try to make a positive impact on this world.

We will never achieve perfection.  But we can always strive for something better.

As a blogger, I was blown away by the impact that social media had on the Troy Davis case.  This case opened 20 years ago – long before computers, high speed internet, smart phones, Facebook, Twitter and blogging.

And yet – Troy’s case would not have gone global without all of those things.  Unbelievable to think about.

As we move forward, I think it is important for all of us to remember that we have such a powerful tool in our hands.  Our voices can be heard louder than ever before.

Let’s use that tool to strive for something better.

Let’s use that tool to be united.

Let’s use that tool to do great things.

Modern Day Crucifixion

21 Sep

Just about six hours to go.

Troy Davis supporters are calling, writing, emailing, faxing and blasting social media.  The response has been unbelievable.  At this point I am praying that somehow, somewhere – even if I do not see it now – justice will be served.

When will we stop crying, ‘crucify him!’?

When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.  Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
Luke 23:33-34a

We Shall Overcome

21 Sep
“In moments of immense sadness, moments that shake the foundation of our faith in the justice system and in mankind, adequate words are scarce.”
– NAACP


I hope you’ll excuse my lack of regularly scheduled blogging today.  It doesn’t seem right to talk about food, dresses and other random musings when I am so utterly horrified at the lack of justice shown by our legal system.
If you haven’t done so, please sign this petition and tell the Georgia DA to intercede.
oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
that we shall overcome someday

No Words.

20 Sep
This is what the headline reads on the AJC this morning.

This is not a death penalty debate.  This is a justice debate.  Tomorrow night an innocent man will be executed. 

Our legal system failed Troy Davis, failed his family, failed his supporters and failed the family members of the slain officer who think that this will give them closure.

But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Amos 5:24
Kýrie, eléison – Lord, Have mercy.

Interrupted & Pinterest

12 Sep

My life has been interrupted by a face-numbing migraine today.

I’m less than thrilled.

Bruce left me in bed this morning with an ice pack on my head and the shades drawn, came home this afternoon and said, “Heyyy, you don’t look like death anymore!”

How romantic.

Needless to say – I have nothing to blog about.

So instead I’ll talk about the internet’s latest obsession, Pinterest.  I’ll admit, I signed up more out of curiosity than out of a desire to be on the site – but it is pretty neat!  I love being able to bookmark things in one place – ideas, websites, recipes, things I’m looking to buy – in one place.  And it’s fun to see what other people are “pinning” as well.

Follow me here if you’d like!