Author Archives: Pastor Mary Jo

About Pastor Mary Jo

I have a passion for social justice and the outcast, marginalized members of society. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from Cal State Long Beach (2003) and a Masters of Divinity from the Claremont School of Theology (2007.) I was ordained as a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – "a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world" – on August 26, 2011, the eighty-seventh anniversary of passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. I enjoy reading, especially mystery or science fiction/fantasy novels; going to movies with my spouse, Charlie; and spending time with my family – including my children, grandchildren, and dog – and my friends. My goal in life is to leave the world a better place than I found it. I cling to the fundamentals of what it means to be a Christian: Love God, and love your neighbor … or, as it was put by the Prophet Micah, “God has showed you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Myths and Parables: A Creation Myth

Huge and holy, with no beginning and no boundaries, both in and around, near and far, always… I AM. Moved by the impulse to create, I AM breathed a word so loud that it will never be equaled, and something … Continue reading

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Musings: God in a Bottle

I quit drinking this year, went cold turkey from having an occasional glass of wine or Margarita to no alcohol at all, unless it’s a token sip for Communion. Alcohol was part of the culture of my childhood.  My mom … Continue reading

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Musings: I Can’t Do it All

I know that God loves me unconditionally and is with me always. Right now, though, part of me wants to scream, “Why have you forsaken me?”  Not that I actually feel as if God has abandoned me, but dealing with … Continue reading

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Musings: Sometimes I Want to Turn Around

Following Christ – not just on the streets, as in the name of this blog, but in everyday life – is the best kind of life I can imagine. Seriously.  Sometimes, though, it would be so easy to turn around, … Continue reading

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Growing up Christian: Fathers

It’s funny the truths that sometimes show up in dreams. I dreamed that I told someone I had many fathers, thinking of men from the churches where I had worshipped and learned about the love of God. I realized when … Continue reading

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Musings: Remembering my mother

NOTE: I need to have some photos scanned, and when I do I’ll add some to this post. My mother was born in 1914 as Samantha Blanche White, third surviving child of William Hubert and Maude Mae White. She didn’t … Continue reading

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Musings: King David… King George?

I was listening to the radio when it occurred to me that Country Music lyrics are like modern-day Psalms. I’m sure it’s true of many other genres of music as well, but I have a particular fondness for Country. Ancient … Continue reading

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