Author Archives: erin hougland

Walking this (precarious farming venture) faith walk with Jesus.

And while I was at Christ Church, I met a priest by the name of The Rev. Gray Lesesne. Gray and I didn’t really work together that much during my internship, but one day we got together for lunch in order to get to know each other better, and it remains one of the most memorable lunches of my life in ministry.

Yokes of Justice, Love and Mercy

The Holy Gospel: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Sermon, Preached at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church Sunday July 9, 2017 When my husband was teaching kindergarten at a Reggio Amelia school, a school focused on art and creativity, he would often find himself working with children on art in their lessons. One day he was assisting in a […]

In the breaking of the bread

I think about this mother when I hear our Gospel story today. The disciples on the road to Emmaus were devastated too. They had just lost their beloved, their teacher, their hope for salvation. They felt abandoned, alone, scared, sad. And what’s more, a bunch of crazy women were running around saying their savior was alive again. For these disciples, it’s like salt in the wound to hear these stories of resurrection.

Helpers not Heroes

The Gospel of John is unique in many ways compared to the other Gospels. It was written many years after Mark, Matthew and Luke. And many scholars believe it was written independently of the other three Gospels. One of the ways we know this is that there are several stories in the Gospel of John […]

We die, in order to love

This month, I was present with a child as his life ended. In the hospital room, he laid in his mother’s arms so small, with fresh soft skin and a badly broken body. He was surrounded by family, medical staff and friends. We all gathered around and gazed at him through wet eyes, hearts heavy […]

What Can I Do?

I’m a mother of two boys. One of my boys is a beautiful bi-racial boy and one of my boys is a beautiful white boy. One has spiral afro curls and dark brown eyes. One has fluffy white blond hair and pale blue eyes. They are my twins. We adopted our oldest son as a […]

Sermon: Are you prepared?

In our Gospel reading today, we encounter Jesus on his final journey to Jerusalem. He’s on the road with his disciples, headed to his death. Jesus knows what’s up- he knows he’s going to die and not only that, he knows he’s going to suffer in the process. In the passage today it states: Jesus […]

Growing Pains

Originally posted on Leading Logos:
I remember lying in bed when I was young and crying out for my mother to “Help me! My legs feel broken!” My mom would come running into my room, pull back my blankets and lay her hands on my perfectly healthy legs. She checked the skin and rubbed my…

The “E” Word

Evangelism! To many of us the word is a dirty word that, when uttered, brings with it a scoff, roll of the eyes, a cringe. It connotes for many faithful Christians a negative feel, aggressive, abrasive and hateful. It is something we might define ourselves as not being when we introduce ourselves:  “I’m a Christian, […]

Red Cloud Rises, Part 3

They are humming the words of a language new to my ears but older than the English that captures our tongue and dances across this country. The drums boom and vibrate those of us in the circle and I sit there with my eyes closed letting the old chants take me away. The dusty ground […]