SUE BAHLEDA

Living & Growing: Godspeed and farewell

Dear Juneau, I am about to be one of those persons, in the way of Southeast Alaska and the church, who come into our midst, stay a while and then go. I have accepted a call to a new congregation in Portland, Oregon. Read more

Living & Growing: I wish you life

I was there. I stood and watched as volunteers, and then EMTs worked mightily to snatch life back from death. I stood on the edge of the circle, keeping vigil for one who was no longer able to hope for her own self. Read more

Living & Growing: Telling the truth about suicide

Churches deal with death - it's one of the most important things we do. We teach about death, we preach about death, we talk about death. It's not that we're morbid, but that we believe death is not the end of our story. Read more

Time enough

I have made a startling discovery: I have enough time. Read more

Living with shades of grey

This time of year, I think about the color grey. I wonder why sometimes it's spelled "gray" and sometimes "grey." I wonder if it says something about your personality if you spell it one way or the other. I'm in the "grey" camp. Read more

You give me joy

I've been thinking about simple words, and how difficult they are to say. I was preparing a Bible study on one of Paul's letters, and he wrote these simple and beautiful words to his congregation: "thank you," "you give me joy" and "I love you. Read more

What's not to like?

There is a character in one of my favorite book series that is pretty blunt when she doesn't like something. Read more

Living and growing: Beyond our imagination

When I was in seminary, we had an annual "Global Fashion Day," where people would wear outfits either from their home country or places they had traveled. There were always Norwegian sweaters, glittering saris and brightly colored African caftans. Read more

A picture holds a thousand words

I don’t know why I began watching reality shows about people getting tattoos, but I was quickly hooked.

I was struck by how deeply... Read more

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