About

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With a friend at Idylwood Presbyterian’s Blessing of the Animals, 2013

Welcome to the Blue Room! (Why “the blue room?” Here’s a post explaining the name’s origins.)

I’d love to lead a retreat or workshop or keynote your conference. Here are just a few of the topics I’ve covered recently:

  • Sabbath in the Suburbs… and Beyond: Finding Rest, Play, Renewal and Delight
  • The Improvising God: God’s Work in an Imperfect World
  • Spirituality in the Smartphone Age
  • Agile Church: Rethinking Congregational Structures
  • Leadership and Transformation in the “Church That Is Becoming”

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Check out my schedule here and contact me using this form to check availability.

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MaryAnn energized our worship services with her preaching as well as our Sunday School program. The congregation was buzzing afterwards. Her message is not just for families with young children but was relevant to singles, retired people and grandparents as well.  A joyful day and a profound message!

-A member and elder from Westminster Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville Virginia

Through lighthearted small group discussions, PowerPoint presentation, and video, MaryAnn demonstrated her own amazing gift as a talented, down to earth, and excellent Presbyterian speaker. We laughed, shared, voiced the “mmm” sound, and wrote many notes (“Let it be…”) to save for pondering at a later time. She is amazing!

-Chair of the Village Presbyterian Women Retreat Committee

Bio

I’m a writer, spouse, mother of three, and haphazard knitter. I am a Presbyterian pastor whose spiritual inner child is secretly Quaker. (I guess the secret’s out.) I believe in the expansive love of God that knows no bounds.

I live in the leafy suburbs of Washington DC but love the energy and noisy chaos of the city. I am what some call bi-vocational: I serve part-time as pastor of Idylwood Presbyterian Church in Falls Church, VA while pursuing a variety of writing projects, including a book, Sabbath in the Suburbs, released in 2012 by Chalice Press. I am also co-chair of NEXT Church, a movement within the Presbyterian Church (USA) that’s calling forth vital ministry for our changing cultural context.

And finally, the fine print: The opinions expressed on this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Idylwood Presbyterian Church or the Presbyterian Church (USA).