book fest small sideWelcome 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 in your organization 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: A New Theology for 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

MaryAnn led a daylong workshop for our writing group  We’re five pastors who carve out time to write despite full work schedules and busy family lives.  In just one day, MaryAnn taught us invaluable lessons about the craft of writing. She gave us practical tips on getting our work out there given the shifting landscape of publishing and social media.  Most important was her gentle insistence that the writing life is a holy life, worthy of our time and attention.  With MaryAnn’s example and encouragement, we came away with new confidence and inspiration to keep writing.

-Member of Wholly Writers Group

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

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


I’m a writer, spouse, mother of three, muffin maker and occasional marathoner. 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 served as a pastor for 12 years, including Idylwood Presbyterian Church and Burke Presbyterian Church. I have completed a variety of writing projects, including a book, Sabbath in the Suburbs, released in 2012 by Chalice Press. I have also served as co-chair of NEXT Church, a national 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 any entity with which I work.