Author Archives: revaam

For Those Who See Amy Cooper in the Mirror

Last week a white person asked if my “still being angry about Ahmaud was because I used to be married to a black man.” And I’m so privileged I was shocked they asked, and appalled at the notion that horror over the loss of his life should have a time limit.  I replied, “I think […]

Wilderness Improv

The Qwest West 2020 staff was originally planning to meet at Edisto this week to choreograph our May wilderness canyons trip for beloved college students. However, out of adoration for healthcare workers & each other, we are home working on our improv in this current wilderness instead. This photo is from December 2018, when that […]

Pandemic Prayer for College Students

God of acceptance letters, scholarships, and internships, we ask you to comfort: those whose “best years of their lives” were uprooted. those who dread going home. those who are savoring every minute of extra time with family. those whose family members are quarantined elsewhere because they are likely exposed. those who frantically packed up door […]

What Do You Treasure?

The last time I saw many of my college students in person was Ash Wednesday. During the day, the Episcopal Campus Minister, Lutheran Campus Minister, and I hosted Ashes to Go at the Free Expression Tunnel on campus. Some were thrilled to see us; others murmured that we shouldn’t be there. One refused to take […]

Let Love Lead

I spent last week as Conference Pastor for Montreat Youth Conference. For those not familiar, it’s a Presbyterian (USA) conference in the Blue Ridge Mountains for senior high teens-about 1,000 of them-and their adult leaders. I’m a product of Montreat Youth Conferences, and have had various roles as a youth planning team member, college student […]

Maundy Thursday

Lent has been my favorite liturgical season for decades, and became more and more tangible as a pediatric chaplain. I love imposing ashes on Ash Wednesday as our collective dust gathers to be reminded we are finite, and we belong to God, as we intentionally go to the wilderness for a season.  Maundy Thursday is […]

Birthdays Where the Lost Things Go

It’s been six years since my mom died on my dad’s birthday and a week before mine. We celebrated her life at a memorial service worthy of her faithfulness and flair the Wednesday between our Sunday birthdays. That first birthday and one week anniversary is a blur, though amazing friends tried their best to help […]