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Here are two more women who have rallied around me and supported me in different times and stages of my ministry. I call it the “Heathered Edition” because both of these women are named Heather.
Let me begin with my best friend from college and my Maid of Honor. She came from a much more conservative church tradition than I did but it never stopped the two of us from being great friends. During our college days we did lots of things together and I can’t even begin to imagine college life without her constant presence. She encouraged me to be the best that I could be. If I struggled with something academically she was there to see if she could help. She was present at my recitals and cheered me on – even when I made plenty of mistakes and was far from perfect. She hugged me as I cried and began to grieve the painful childhood that had haunted me. She drove 7 hours to be with me as my church blessed me and sent me off to seminary (my home church was in Western Canada and seminary was in the Eastern USA) so this was a big move for me. But as we sat alone perhaps in the last moments we had before I moved she handed me a card and what was in that card was her tithe from her summer job. I was completely blown away because I knew she struggled with me going off to ministry as she herself had never had a female pastor and her tradition wouldn’t have allowed for one. Yet she believed in my call so much that she would give her tithe to me to help with my ministry costs. This was one of the greatest gifts I ever received and one that I will never forget. An act of stepping out in faith on her part. She later flew to North Carolina to be my Maid of Honor and honored I was that she would once again take time and her resources to make this trip. My biggest regret is that we’ve lost contact over the years. Regardless, she definitely rallied around me and sent me off to begin my pastoral ministry with blessing, love and support.
My encounter with the second Heather came much later in my ministry. I was already ordained and we crossed paths at a Moravian Women’s Conference held on the campus of Wake Forest. It started out as me supporting her as she explored her own call to ministry and I was with her that week when she received word that she had been accepted at Duke Divinity School. The encouragement and support I offered to her soon was being offered back and became a mutual relationship. We were blessed with the opportunity to travel to Prague and Herrnhut (the motherland of the Moravian Church) together as we were both delegates to a Worldwide Moravian Women’s Consultation — Valiant Women in a Violent World. It is this trip that brought us closer. When you travel with someone at that level you either know you are meant to be great friends or mere acquaintances. Obviously, we discovered and developed a deep friendship. We’ve never lived in the same city so email, Facebook, text messages and phone calls have been our means of communication but those means have been enough to sustain a friendship that is dear to my heart. When Heather was ordained a few years ago, I was so excited – I hadn’t experienced that excitement since my own ordination and I was blessed to be a part of her ordination service. I loved her so dearly that I even read scripture from Ruth (long story behind that one)! The past few years since her ordination have only deepened our bonds as we share moments of ministry – even though we serve in very different settings. She is a professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and I serve in pastoral ministry. We both share a passion for raising awareness of mental illness in the church and teaching the church how to embrace and care for people who suffer with this often lonely disease. But beyond that she’s been there as I’ve struggled with my depression and just a simple text or Facebook message from her can put a smile on my face and gives me reason to go on.
Both Heather’s have been major life lines when I’ve needed them most. I know that their relationships were and are a gift of God and I’m forever grateful for that. I wouldn’t be half the pastor, mother, wife, or child of God if they hadn’t been there to rally around me and at times giving me the opportunity to rally around them. For true friendship comes from mutual rallying. Thank you God for these women who have greatly changed my life, may I be to others as they have been to me.