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The Rev. Martha Spong The Rev. Martha Spong is a writer, clergy coach, and pastor in the United Church of Christ. She is executive director of RevGalBlogPals, an ecumenical ministry providing support and resources to clergywomen.

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The Rev. Martha Spong is a writer, a pastor, and a clergy coach. Her  book, Denial is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), coauthored with Rachel G. Hackenberg, was published by Church Publishing, Inc.

Martha is the Executive Director of RevGalBlogPals, an ecumenical ministry providing support and resources to clergywomen around the world and across and beyond denominations, and the editor of There's a Woman in the Pulpit (SkyLight Paths, 2015), a collection of essays by members of the RevGalBlogPals web ring.

Martha has a leadership coaching practice focused on empowering clergy to meet their goals in leadership and life. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, she has served congregations of diverse size and situation as both a settled and intentional interim pastor, in Maine and Pennsylvania.

Her avocations include knitting socks, rooting for the Washington Nationals, and singing along with musicals. A native of Virginia, Martha lives in South Central Pennsylvania with her wife, who is a Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor. They have four "hers and hers" children, from a 7th grader to three who have flown the nest for Los Angeles, Boston, and Tokushima, Japan.


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The Rev. Martha Spong

Martha Spong: All in the Same Boat

Mark 4:35-41

5th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

June 24, 2018

The Rev. Martha Spong (UCC)


I thought it was a brilliant idea.

I was serving a church in Maine, where Summer Sundays are not the best-attended. The window of good weather is brief, and people want to be in their gardens or at their lakeside camps. That particular summer, I felt motivated to make worship interesting for the ones who did come. For this story from Mark 4, I arranged the text for multiple readers, plus the congregation, with effects designed to put us all in the midst of the storm. I started planning weeks before with a church member who worked with our youth, and he recruited a 13-year-old to help him devise stormy sound effects. They brought a large jug of water to slosh around, amplified by a microphone, and they improvised a thunder sheet.

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