from Sue

The Garden

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

People who are not from our neighborhood have ruined it. Absolutely ruined it as far as I am concerned. Years of work on my part have been made useless in a very short time because these outsiders came in. It is enough to make a person cry or scream in frustration. How could they do […]

Learning to Dance

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

My husband and I are ballroom dancers. We started taking lessons in 2003. We have not taken formal lessons for a while, although we pick up a lesson here and there when they are offered at dances we are attending. We like to dance whenever we can which, for two pastors, often means wedding receptions. […]

This ministry is a living thing.

Monday, June 4th, 2018

What do you enjoy most about being a Presbyterian? (That might be an interesting question to ask your session.) In a previous call I met with several leadership teams in presbyteries and synods across the country. There would often come a time in our discussions when it would become clear to me that I was […]


Monday, May 21st, 2018

I put up a bluebird house in my backyard a few years ago. Bluebirds are pretty rare and it is a long shot to expect that they might decide to choose my yard, but one can always hope. It turns out that no blue birds have ever arrived. But that does not mean that the […]

Learning to Water Ski

Monday, May 7th, 2018

I have been having fun doing the podcasts with leaders in the presbytery. If you haven’t listened yet, you can go to the presbytery website to get to the right place to hear them. I knew before I came here that the presbytery had been through some troubled waters in the last few months. Whenever […]

Inspiring Awe

Monday, April 16th, 2018

What beautiful church buildings the Presbyterians inhabit in the Chicago area. I have not, of course, been inside each one yet. But, the ones I have visited—even if they are showing their age a little—tell a story of the care that went into their design and a willingness by their members and friends to contribute […]

The Empty Muffin

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

A few Sundays ago I was in worship at the church my husband serves. One of my grandsons was sitting between me and his mom. He leaned over and asked her if next Sunday would be Empty Tomb Muffin Sunday. She looked in the bulletin then looked on her phone at the minutes of the […]

Staying Power

Monday, March 19th, 2018

I recently attended the NEXT Church Conference in Baltimore. There were several other members of Chicago Presbytery—attending and leading and as part of the leadership of this group. The conference has been held for several years now—maybe as many as 7?—and I have been to four of them. There are thought-provoking keynotes, interesting workshops, and, as always at big Presbyterian gatherings, worship that inspires and challenges.

Snow Covered Magnolia Tree

Monday, March 5th, 2018

My backyard in Peoria will be full of color in a month or two. There is a magnolia tree, a red bud tree, lilac bushes, a Bradford Pear tree, a weeping peach tree. There are also daffodils, snowdrops, some tiny blue flowers that bloom in mid-spring that were there when I moved in. There are a few tulips left that the blankety blank squirrels have not found yet. . . My opinion about planting trees, bushes, etc. is if it does not bloom, it is not worth it. (Kind of like my opinion of dessert—if it is not chocolate, why bother?)


Monday, February 19th, 2018

Do you know who you are according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator? I know that lots of people took assessments in the last few years in the presbytery for various reasons. Even before that time, you might have taken this assessment in a class or for your own enlightenment. It has been around for quite […]

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