A Good Friday Reflection from Cynthia Bourgeault

All four gospels insist that when all the other disciples are fleeing, Mary Magdalene stands firm. She does not run; she does not betray or lie about her commitment; she witnesses. Hers is clearly a demonstration of either the deepest human love or the highest spiritual understanding of what Jesus was teaching, perhaps both. But [...]

The Last Shall Be First: The Women of Holy Week

The past few years I have been on a mission to write, preach, and teach the women of Holy Week back into our Holy Week liturgies, practices, and Scriptures. In this post we’ll learn about the first two women we meet during Holy Week in Matthew and Mark. When I decided I wanted to write [...]

Maundy Thursday Sermon Podcast: Anointing the King

I preached this sermon Maundy Thursday, 2012 at Grace Episcopal Church. (Click  the link “Anointing the King” to hear or download the MP3.)   Annointing The King Mark 14:1-11 (This sermon is told from the view of the woman who anointed Jesus’ head in Mark. Props: head covering, white jar or container.) (Place container on [...]

Sermon: The God of the Dead

The God of the Dead The Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 11:1-42 The rocking chair was old, but it had been well made, and it’s structure was solid. It had been handmade, and made well. Unfortunately subsequent owners didn’t know what to do with wood. The layers upon layers of paint [...]


Congratulations to Susan Curry for winning the $25 Amazon.com gift card! Thank you to all of you who bought my book this last month. I really appreciate it. I’d love to know what you think about it, and if you feel so inclined please leave a review on Amazon. I would also like to put [...]

Spend Lent with the Women of the Bible

Today is my birthday! Today is the last day to enter to win a $25 Amazon.com gift card! You have until 5:00 p.m. CDT today to buy my book and email me (shawna@shawnaatteberry.com) your order number to get your name in the drawing. Good luck! Is one of your Lenten goals to spend more time [...]

Sermon: Meeting God at Wells

I originally preached this sermon in Lent, 2008. Meeting God at Wells 3rd Sunday in Lent (Year A) John 4:4-30, 39-42 Water. Life is dependent on it. In biblical times this meant wells and springs were life. And life was dependent on them. Women were the ones who drew water. They were at wells…a lot. [...]

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