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A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, I have taught English at the U. of Hawaii and the U. of Montana, and worked in Montana state government. After that I became a United Methodist minister, pastoring churches in Colorado and Montana. My short story, “The Cherry Tree,” won first prize in the 2011 Common Review Short Story Prize contest. Stories, poems, and creative nonfiction of mine have appeared in literary and other magazines, including The North American Review, the Hawaii Review, the Chariton Review, and, most recently, A River and Sound Review, Written River, The Whirlwind Review, 5x5, Assisi, In Our Own Voice, Divide: Journal of Literature, Arts and Ideas, Poems Across the Big Sky, Moonrabbit Review, and The Other Side.
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Ol' Zak, After the Angel: A Monologue
Zechariah is struck dumb by an angel, in Luke 3: 7 - 18. His loss of voice becomes a metaphor for me, of forgetting that all things are possible with God. As I entered into ministry after graduating from The Iliff School of Theology, I wondered what would happen in my writing life. Would I doubt the birth of something new and lose my voice as Zechariah did?
Sweet Corn from the Pastor
This collection of writings celebrates the five years--from 1998 to 2003--I served as pastor of Olathe United Methodist Church in western Colorado. It includes articles I wrote for "Sweet Corn from the Pastor," my pastor's column, and also excerpts of sermons as memoirs. I have always been interested in memory, especially in our memory of God.
At the Chancel Steps: Talking with the Children of the Congregation
As a pastor, I love to sit with the children of the congregation on the chancel steps and have a conversation with them. I try to recognize each child by name, by looking into their eyes, by listening and learning something about the child. I try to be spontaneous in responding to what the child brings forth and responsive to the child within myself. This book contains strategies I've used.
The Other Side: A Touch of Midas and Other Writings
When I was a child, my parents purchased for the family The Book of Knowledge. The purchase included several volumes of the world's folktales. I loved those stories of kings and princess, wise animals and some mean ones, and spent many hours dwelling upon them. In this collection of writings I explore ways of finding Christ's message in the myths, legends and stories of other cultures.
Two for the Chancel
Two for the Chancel includes two Reader's Theater light dramas to be performed in the church chancel. The theme of The Easy Button is How freedom to choose came into the world and what it means for us, and of Four Drumsticks, Respecting God’s Creation while Honoring Mind and Community.
Neither Good Nor Bad: How Prometheus Stole Fire for Humankind
In this retelling of a Greek myth, the author explores and comments on the human character and condition through the story of how the Titan Prometheus so loved the creatures he had created that he stole fire from the gods and gave it to them to further their intellectual and technological development and the development of civilization. But was there a price to pay, for Prometheus and us?
What Gifts Does the Christ Child Bring
These twenty-three stories combine the joyous, hopeful, inspirational parts of Advent and Christmas with life's inevitable pain, grief and just plain everydayness. Some are funny, and all explore the deep meanings and spiritual loveliness of this most inspirational season. Joan Uda writes to show how our own lives and celebrations are illuminated by the life and death of Jesus Christ.
Parable of the Uncoordinated Pigeon
When launched miles from home, as many of us are, King suffers with his homing instinct. Paradoxically, the harder he tries to wing his way home, the further and further away from home he finds himself. In the end, he learns where home really is.
Parable of the Promise
A childless couple, the Man of the Forest and the Woman of the Forest, spend many happy years caring for God's creation but nurture one sadness in their life together. God makes them a promise: "Some day you will care not only for the trees, waterways and creatures of the forest, but also for your own children." But the years go by and the old couple remain barren.
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