Tim Graves, an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), is pastor of Condon United Church of Christ in Oregon.
It's what I do.
When one of our beloved flock are nearing death, we live in dread of the next phone call or text. That’s the way it is for clergy. When the call comes, our carefully planned day or day off drops to the bottom of the priority list.
August 9, 2016
Running from embarrassment
Costumed in a kelly green tracksuit with yellow stripes down each leg and arm, I left our tiny apartment for a run. I must’ve been a sight! I didn’t get into running consistently in college despite that green polyester jogging suit.
June 27, 2016
Ministry sucks sometimes
Ministry sucks sometimes. Days can be filled with clerical tedium, with the immense needs of others, in meetings in which petty items are discussed ad nauseum, or in pastoral discussions about deep, fundamental questions of human existence. Many days pastors experience all of these. These are exhausting but they don’t suck.
November 17, 2014
Quick to listen
The first major decision I made was racist. A young white man in his twenties, I was going to change the world. The new director of an urban early childhood program dedicated to providing services within a multiracial, multicultural, mixed-economic setting, I was passionate about the mission. I was not a novice to racial tensions, having given my confession of faith in a storefront church with a strong emphasis on inclusiveness, and educated in the St. Louis city and Ferguson-Florissant school districts.
August 29, 2014
Perceiving and becoming
The clouds hung over the summit like a wet towel and, as if the bathroom fan were broken, my eyeglasses fogged up....
July 18, 2014
There is a feeling that comes over me when I'm hiking. Even in the extremely short post-operative shuffles that I’ve been taking as I recover from having surgery several weeks ago. I feel connected. I feel literally grounded to creation and the creator that flows through each of us—butterfly, blade of grass, snake, and human. Sometimes I pause in my hiking and just sit for a while and take in the sounds, smells, and images around me.
June 2, 2014
It was bound to happen
Yes, I’m the pastor. Yes, I’ve been praying the prayer since childhood. Yes, I lead the prayer every Sunday. Still, it was bound to happen....
June 28, 2013
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