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

Be the Calm

A dear friend shared with me recently how this time of year is especially busy for her and her team. It was clear to me that she was feeling a bit overwhelmed, even frantic. During such times, tempers can run high (higher than normal) while patience runs...

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Giving & Receiving

A few weeks ago, I served on a panel at Union Theological Seminary with two other clergywomen – one from Church of Holy Apostles NYC downtown and the other from Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. During Q&A, one of the students asked, “Is there...

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Becoming

In her beautifully written book Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama writes about the progression of her life from early childhood, to the many twists and turns it has taken along the way, and the hopefulness of a future not yet seen. “…I am still in progress,”...

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Share Your Story

The Bible is full of stories of people’s encounters with God. At best, we only get a small glimpse of who they were: a conversation with, a day in the life of, or a single experience among many. Some of those encounters were filled with excitement and enthusiasm, but...

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Held in Christ’s Hands

I am not good at carrying myself. I can go a short distance on hard work, intellect, training, and experience - at least that’s what I tell myself. But the truth is there are times when I can barely go a single step on my own, especially when faced with challenging...

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You Are Welcome Here

You likely already know this, but one of the things I am most grateful for at PAUMC is the ways we serve our community, which extends into all five New York City boroughs, parts of northern New Jersey, and beyond. We are not just a “Sunday” church, but all week long...

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