So Much Change Ahead for Us in 2020!

We’re about to take our next step forward as a church: we are looking for a new home! Over the last decade, we’ve lived in 4 different buildings: The Oriental Theater, an old church (that’s been converted into condos/brewery) on 32nd and Lowell, North High School, and for the last 6+ years, the beloved Holiday […]

Faith is What Makes Life Bearable

Greetings Highlands Church Family! On behalf of our Staff Team and Leadership Council, I wish you a very Merry Christmas full of the contagious love of Christ. And I’m praying for you this week. I pray you experience growth in your faith. “Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and […]

An Invitation to Prayer and Fasting

On November 1st, my annual 4-month “fast” begins. I’m not fasting from food or TV or social media. Instead, it’s time for my annual fast from bicycling. I set aside my favorite activity to create space for newness in my soul and to give my body rest. Fasting also creates longing. During this season, I […]

Sane and Grounded in a Wild World

In my house, we celebrate almost everything. We love to celebrate the accomplishments of our nieces and nephews and our siblings and parents. And sometimes, we just celebrate getting through another week. Celebration and gratitude keep us sane and grounded in a wild world. To cultivate more reasons to celebrate, one of my family traditions […]

I Feel Hopeful!

Since my first days at Highlands Church, I have felt hopeful about our community. Back in 2010, I was a drummer playing in the band once a month. This September, I will have been a Co-Pastor here for 9 years. And today, I have at least 3 compelling reasons to feel hopeful about our future. […]

There’s No Place Like Home

You probably didn’t notice that I skipped out on church this past Sunday. July is like that. Many of us try to get away for a few days. I went home to Pittsburgh to visit my family during a ridiculously humid 4th of July week: 90+ degrees with 87% humidity. I never stopped sweating. My […]

The People of Africa Captured Our Hearts.

And we felt the presence of God every step of the way. Sixteen Highlanders represented our International Advocacy efforts by investigating more than a dozen ways we could collaborate as advocates and allies alongside Global Livingston Institute. GLI and other organizations in Africa like to say, “Empowering women and girls will transform our world.” We […]

Our Prayers Matter

Monday morning’s news felt devastating. It’s been called Horror on the Vegas Strip, one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history. All I wanted to do was pray, but no words came… So I sat at my window doing a Contemplative Prayer Sit. I don’t know how that sounds to you, but at first it felt […]

Hellllo Highlands Church! 

As promised, I’m back! Thank you for the gift of a summer sabbatical. It was full of dream-come-true adventures. I feel refreshed, rested, and eager to re-enter our life together. The sabbatical gift mostly came down to the gift of time: time to connect with nature, be fully present to family, read a lot of […]