Author Archives: Tamara

About Tamara

The church jargon is: approved for ordination, pending call. After eight years of seminary, and three years of CPE, internships, externships, and youth ministry gigs, I sit, perched on the brink of ordained ministry, ready to dive into full-time, full hearted ministry. But so far, no calling. I am a mom, a minister, a wife and a friend living in a small town outside Seattle. My husband Jeff and I raised our daughters Miranda and Nicole in community--designing, building, and making our home with our good friends John and Laurie and their daughters Naomi and Esther. Our own daughters Miranda and Nicole are recently launched to college, but happily live only a hop skip and a jump away. Our combined household also includes a Labradoodle, a Newfoundland, a 75-pound mutt and a 2-year-old puppy. I enjoy cooking (and eating), reading, writing, jogging, biking and yoga. I give my guitar and my garden less time and attention than I ought to, but love them both, nonetheless.

A Christmas Story

a few years ago I was asked to preach at a little interfaith community in Seattle on the topic of Christmas for Christians….this is what I said: It has been said that a community is a group of people who … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Communion

God has been present to me in so many ways—in moments of prayer, in the natural beauty all around me in my North Bend home, and sometimes, in the rituals of the church.  God shows up in surprising places and … Continue reading

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Out of Bondage, Into Freedom (part two)

You can read part one here. I am filled with gratitude for God’s freeing power and grace. At the same time, I don’t want to gloss over how hard living into some of this liberation has been.  The liberation that … Continue reading

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