Welcome to Pastor Cathy's blog on life and faith!

Pastor Cathy takes a brief writing break during July and August. Look for the next reflection after Labor Day!

Celebrating PAUMC

Like most people at their jobs, there are days when I “can’t seem to see the forest for the trees.”  The weight (and anxiety) around maintaining a nearly 100 year old building, serving a transient congregation, keeping the bills paid, and living in a world always on...

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Justice or Mercy

Earlier this year, I attended a conference where a former colleague was one of the guest speakers.   She was excellent and I was impressed with the ease, confidence, and grace with which she made her presentation. I could not help but remember a few years earlier when...

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I’m Back!

I have to say that my vacation this year was probably the best I’ve had in a good long while and boy, did I need it!  There was nothing outlandish or exotic but every moment was precious with family, friends, reading, rest, and re-creation.  As it turns out, the...

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Choose Freedom

In just a few days, most Americans will celebrate the birth of our nation and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  These celebrations will no doubt take many forms from backyard barbecues to vacations with family; a restful day off from...

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Holy Conferencing

I am away this week through Saturday attending the 218th Session of the New York Annual Conference at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island.  This yearly meeting of nearly 1,000 clergy and lay persons is hosted by our presiding bishop, Bishop Thomas J....

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Prayer Request

Last Saturday I received an email from Robert Walker, Assistant to Bishop Bickerton of the New York Annual Conference.  It was a request from Kathleen Loughlin, who the team and I met during our pilgrimage to England back in March.  Kathleen is a chaplain at a...

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