Author Archives: Nancy Smith

About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.


Originally posted on crossing the lines |tyler schwaller|:
[This is a letter I wrote to the bishop of the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church after a speech in which I talked of my faith as someone who is gay.…

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How did we get here?

Originally posted on We Your People, Ours the Journey:
Beloved friends and colleagues (Jamie Michaels and Cynthia Good) gift me with sackcloth and ashes in an act of repentance Thursday morning. Photo by Beth DiCoco, NEAC Communications The New England…

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After being away…

I have not posted here in several months. Packing and moving from an older house converted into two apartments into a large apartment house with 231 apartments, trying to get unpacked while simultaneously celebrating Christmas, and then being laid up … Continue reading

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Inside the Fog

 The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light, so that they might travel by day and … Continue reading

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Jim Taylor: Freedom of Religion Can Go Too Far

Jim writes: “When religious rights conflict with criminal laws, they contend, religious rights take priority. “I disagree…. “As an individual, [Canadian Prime Minister] Harper may attend any church he wants. He may practice his beliefs as rigorously as he wants. … Continue reading

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Walking the Tightrope To Avoid Depression

I  walk a tightrope between overwork and depression. As long as I maintain the balance, I have a great life! If I have too much stimulation I become exhausted, but if I don’t have enough I feel anxious. This problem … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Creation

Reflection on Chet Raymo, “Borne on a sea of vital dust,” The Boston Globe, June 9, 1997: You — Creator of the cosmic imperative toward chemical complexity, biological bounty, and vital variety; You — Poet of the litany of life, … Continue reading

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