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The Rev. Sheila C. Gustafson

The Rev. Sheila Gustafson is retired as senior pastor and head of staff at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe, NM.

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The Rev. Sheila C. Gustafson

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First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe, NM

The Rev. Sheila Gustafson is retired as senior pastor and head of staff at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe, NM.

A founding Director of the Covenant Network, she is a noted preacher; her sermons have been published in Renewing the Vision and Preach for Peace. Dr. Gustafson graduated from United Theological Seminary, was ordained in 1977, and has served churches in Minnesota and Wisconsin before moving to Santa Fe.


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The Rev. Sheila C. Gustafson

How Can These Things Be?

John 3:1-15

May 26, 1996

The Rev. Sheila C. Gustafson (PCUSA)

The phone call came unexpectedly, out of the blue. The voice on the phone was a man's voice, warm, polished, confident­ sounding. He identified himself as Nick Allen. Catherine was surprised by the call. Nick was not a member of the church of which she was pastor and they had rarely crossed paths in her years of volunteering in the community. She was even more surprised when she learned the reason for the call.
"Jennifer and I have been doing a lot of talking in the last few months," Nick said, "and we wondered if we might invite you over to our house to talk with us about our spiritual life."

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The Rev. Sheila C. Gustafson

The Grief and the Glory

John 11:1-53

March 24, 1996

The Rev. Sheila C. Gustafson (PCUSA)

"'When my third snail died,' the little girl writes, sitting halfway in, halfway out of her desk, one leg swinging in air, 'I said, I'm through with snails.' She sits up to let me pass down the aisle, the visiting poet working with the third grade in this dying school, this dying town, we are writing about our lives." So writes Kathleen Norris in her remarkable book, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, her account of living for twenty years on the desolate high plains of western South Dakota. On land which gets too little annual rainfall to sustain population, farmers and ranchers have been struggling to survive through boom and bust for a century. Typical of Dakota counties west of the Missouri River, Parkins County had a population of 11,348 at the height of the homestead boom in 1910; in 1990 the population was 3,932. All over western Dakota country towns are dying, young people are leaving for a new life in the city, businesses are folding up, and churches are struggling to hold together a handful of aging members at least long enough to get them all eulogized and buried.

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February 25, 1996

Snake Bite

The Rev. Sheila C. Gustafson (PCUSA)

Rev. Sheila Gustafson assures us that in life's most perplexing and troublesome moments we are to trust only in God of grace, power and comasstion to lead in right paths.