The Occasional Shippment

Occasional thoughts from a young adult reveling in the messiness of life.

I Want to Live in a World…

Injustice. Punishment. Retribution. These are the words that boil up inside of us in times like these. Times where we believe that a wrong has not been righted. George Zimmerman killed … Continue reading

July 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

Holes Don’t Make Us Unholy

It’s Easter. I put on my best dress this morning and headed off to church. The sanctuary was adorned with bright flowers, and the joyful spirit was palpable. The bells … Continue reading

March 31, 2013 · 1 Comment

Lent through Lens: Takeaway

For the final installment of the “Lent through Lens” series, we’ll be examining John 12:1-8. As always, we’ll start with the reading and then dive into my reflection. John 12:1-8 … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lent through Lens: Prodigal Pictures

For the fourth installment of the “Lent through Lens” series, we’ll be examining Luke 15:1-3 and 11b-32. As always, we’ll start with the reading and then dive into my reflection. … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 3 Comments

Being Bold

A little over a week ago, my Facebook news feed lit up with a video clip from the evening news of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta’s Bishop, Rob Wright, addressing Georgia … Continue reading

March 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lent through Lens: Yes, You

My church has a Lenten series right now where people read the week’s Gospel lesson and take pictures that represent their interpretations of it. I have decided to share my … Continue reading

March 3, 2013 · 3 Comments

Lent through Lens: Clarity and Determination

I’m back with the second edition of Lent through Lens, the interpretive photography project that I’m participating in as a part of the Lenten Sunday school series at my church. We’re … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lent through Lens: The Sandwich Post

My church is doing an interesting Lenten series that really speaks to the photographer in me. The series is called “Lent through Lens” where we are all asked to reflect … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · 4 Comments

A Tale of Three Churches

It was truly the best of times. When 2013 began, I couldn’t have imagined that this was how I would spend my Christmas Eve. I started that year far from … Continue reading

January 1, 2013 · 3 Comments

Advent, Consumerism and Angels

If you’ve spent any time in an Episcopal church (and likely a Lutheran, Catholic or other Protestant or Anglican church), you likely know that this season in the church calendar … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · 4 Comments

Focusing on Prayer

There are times where I am so deep into a prayer that I can’t help but smile and let out a giggle from the pure joy of the experience. And … Continue reading

September 22, 2012 · 3 Comments

Love Louder than they Hate

A friend recently shared an article online that caught my attention. It was titled, “Does religion turn people into haters?” and it examined some recent research on that very question. … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Tale of the Twist-Tie Cross

As I was packing for a recent trip, I found a necklace in my jewelry box that I had long since forgotten about. Tucked in the corner of the bottom … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Copping out of Evangelism

Uh oh – I used the “E” word. Before you all shudder and run screaming from this post, hear me out. I had an interesting thought today as the quote, … Continue reading

August 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Thoughts on Not Growing Up in Church

This post started out differently. I was planning to write a rather provocative post entitled “10 Reasons I’m Glad I Didn’t Grow Up in Church.” But as I stared at … Continue reading

August 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Substance of Things Hoped For (Higgs and Faith)

So here’s something that I don’t quite get: for the last 50 years, scientists have “believed” that the Higgs boson particle exists. The Standard Model of physics doesn’t make sense … Continue reading

July 5, 2012 · 4 Comments

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