The Rev. Susan R. Briehl is a pastor in the ELCA. She served as Executive Director of Holden Village, a Lutheran center for renewal in the North Cascade Mountains in Washington State.
The Rev. Susan R. Briehl is a pastor of the ELCA. She served as Executive Director of Holden Village, a Lutheran center for renewal in the North Cascade Mountains in Washington State. She began that ministry in August of 1994 along with her husband, Martin Wells.
Previously they served for 8 years as campus pastors at Pacific Lutheran University and for 5 years as pastors of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Bellingham, WA.
She has also been a program associate at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IL. Susan holds both a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Washington State University and a Master of Divinity from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. She was ordained in 1981. She has written numerous books, hymns, and worship songs.
The disciples and Jesus are in a boat on the Sea of Galilee headed for the shore on the other side. This is the first of several journeys Jesus will take to the "other side," in the Gospel according to Mark. As he moves back and forth from one side of the Sea to the other, there is more than geography at work. In Mark's Gospel one side of the Sea of Galilee symbolizes the place of the Jews. It is the home of the first disciples and is filled with people, places and customs familiar to them.Read full transcript...
Home. Home is where the heart is, they say. Home is where you hang your hat. Or, as Robert Frost wrote:
"Home is the place where when you have to go there they have to take you in."
When I was a child, our family made a bi-annual, hot-August trip in the Studebaker from the West Coast to southwestern Wisconsin and back. We often sang together in the car. One of my favorite songs included this refrain:Read full transcript...