The Rev. Talitha Arnold

Denomination: United Church of Christ (UCC)
Organization: United Church of Santa Fe, NM

 

Rev. Talitha Arnold  has been the Minister of the United Church of Santa Fe since 1987, when the church was a 7-year-old new church start of the United Church of Christ. Since that time, the congregation has tripled in membership and is known in Santa Fe for its vital worship, diverse music, outreach and advocacy, and its engaging approach to the Christian faith for all ages. A native of Arizona and a graduate of Pomona College and Yale Divinity School, Rev. Arnold was the Interim Associate University Chaplain for Yale and served congregations in Connecticut and Arizona before being called to United Church of Santa Fe. She served on the Santa Fe's first Children and Youth Commission, as President of Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity, and the hospital Ethics Committee. Currently she co-leads the Faith Communities Task Force for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and just completed an 8-year term on the Alumni Board of Yale Divinity School. Her publications include the book, Worship for Vital Congregations, several essays in the Feasting on the Word lectionary series, and articles for The Christian Century, NPR's All Things Considered, The New Mexican, Albuquerque Journal, and the UCC's "Still Speaking" devotionals. She is currently working on a book on A Desert Faith for a Desert Time, funded by the Louisville Institute. She has received the United Church of Christ Antoinette Brown Award for outstanding women clergy, Santa Fe's Human Rights Award, Yale Divinity School's "Outstanding Recent Alum," a Lilly Endowment clergy grant, and Santa Fe's "Ten Who Made a Difference" award.

 

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Trust the Transfiguration

Monday October 20, 2014
As we celebrate the Transfiguration of Jesus, Talitha Arnold encourages us to be aware of the transfigurations that occur in our own lives through the grace of God.

Angels in the Wilderness

Monday October 20, 2014
As we begin the season of Lent, the Rev. Talitha Arnold focuses on the moving image in Mark's gospel of angels ministering to Jesus in the wilderness--and encourages us to consider the angels we have known and loved, and who have loved us, in the wilderness times of our own lives.

Talitha Arnold: "Longing for Cucumbers"

Monday October 20, 2014
The Rev. Talitha Arnold says the Israelites weren't starving. Their cry for melons and leeks and cucumbers was really a longing for home, or at least the taste of home. Two years earlier their life had been turned upside down””for the better to be sure””but still it’s hard to cope with such a radical life change. They thought they wanted to go back, but really they were longing for a place to call home now.

Articles by The Rev. Talitha Arnold

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Talitha Arnold: Not Until You Bless Me

Monday October 20, 2014
If there was one thing Jacob was good at, it was grabbing and hanging on. At birth, he'd grabbed his brother's heel so he could be the firstborn. Then he'd grabbed Esau's birthright and blessing. To get Rachel as his wife, he'd hung in with his uncle for 14 years. And one night, when the tables are turned and he gets grabbed and pulled into a wrestling match with an angel, Jacob again hangs on until he gets what he wants--a blessing.

Talitha Arnold: How Can I Keep from Singing?

Monday October 20, 2014
Like the Psalmist, we sing our faith in the One whose love is steadfast, in every season, every time, every joy, every sorrow.

Talitha Arnold: The One Who Gives Us Room

Monday October 20, 2014
'When my mother was diagnosed with cancer,' a friend shared recently, 'one of the greatest gifts was the nurse in the oncologist's office.'

Talitha Arnold: Gather Up the Duct Tape

Monday October 20, 2014
The Christian church has many symbols for Resurrection””lilies, eggs, butterflies. I'd like to add some more””a sock, plastic tubing, and duct tape.

Talitha Arnold: An Antidote To The Antichrist

Monday October 20, 2014
We don't use the term 'Antichrist' much in the United Church of Christ. Neither does the Bible. It only appears in the first two Letters of John.

Talitha Arnold: The Bread of Angels

Monday October 20, 2014
The Psalmist remembers the wilderness years of his people, when they wandered in the desert of Sinai. Hunger and the threat of starvation were their constant companions in that harsh and barren land.

Talitha Arnold: Hard-Headed Hope

Monday October 20, 2014
Hope is often under siege, whether in Paul's time or ours. One glance at the daily news makes hope seem naive and those who hold hope appear foolish. We often need the protection a helmet affords to keep hope alive.

Talitha Arnold: Pain Tolerance

Monday October 20, 2014
Are there times in life when it's best to tolerate a little pain, to live with a little discomfort?

Talitha Arnold: A Wise and Discerning People

Monday October 20, 2014
Like the Israelites, we are called to be a "wise and discerning people"--or in Thurman's words, "the permanent outlet for the creative energies of God."

Talitha Arnold: The Way Out of No Way

Monday October 20, 2014
The author of Psalm 107 is thankful for many things””the hungry being fed, the prisoners set free, the sick healed. He or she sums it up in one line: 'God delivered them from their troubles and led them by a straight way.'

Talitha Arnold: Changed--For Good

Monday October 20, 2014
You are the 11th son of 12 brothers. Your father loves you best. He lets the others know by giving you wonderful clothes. They get jealous (surprise, surprise).

Talitha Arnold: Trust the Vision

Monday October 20, 2014
How do you pray for the earth?

Talitha Arnold: To Walk with God and One Another

Monday October 20, 2014
Whether from 3,000 years ago or a mere 300, the covenant to walk with God and one another affirms that faith is a journey, best taken with others.

Talitha Arnold: The Word that Shapes Us

Monday October 20, 2014
Almost every week for thirty-four of my thirty-five years of pastoral ministry, I've blessed the congregations I've served with a benediction based on this passage from Paul's Letter to the Romans (in turn based on his First Letter to the Thessalonians)...

Talitha Arnold: Look Back in Wonder

Monday October 20, 2014
A few years ago, I did a solo hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, spent two nights at Phantom Ranch, and then trekked back to the top. It was the fourth time I've done the hike, the first being when I was in college, the last ten years before. Not surprisingly it took me a bit longer to get back up this time.

Talitha Arnold: The Earth: More Than a Footnote

Monday October 20, 2014
Decades ago when the space mission Apollo 8 sent back the first pictures of the earth rising over the moon, it helped change our perspective on the world and our place in it.

Talitha Arnold: To Seek with Heart and Soul

Monday October 20, 2014
This May 22 at the church I serve, we celebrate the Rite of Initiation and Confirmation with six young people from the congregation. The service marks the end of a two-year journey for the young adolescents and also the beginning of their adult lives, or the 'initiation to adulthood,' as we call it.

Talitha Arnold: It's in Our DNA

Monday October 20, 2014
Psalm 146 should be required reading for every political candidate running on the 'I'm a Christian, so vote for me' platform. The Psalm identifies who God is and what God does. In so doing, it defines what it means to be Christian.

Talitha Arnold: Joy in the Morning

Monday October 20, 2014
How joy comes isn't as important as that it will come--for you, for me, for this whole world.

Talitha Arnold: No Idol Words

Monday October 20, 2014
If I'm honest, I can turn all kinds of things into idols. Here are a couple of examples...

Talitha Arnold: Mustafah the Tailor

Monday October 20, 2014
"You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways." - Psalm 139:3

Talitha Arnold: A Song in a Weary Throat

Monday October 20, 2014
'By the waters of Babylon,' the Psalmist remembers, the exiled Israelites hung up their harps. In that strange and hard land, they'd lost hope and lost their voice. 'How can we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?' they lamented. But the Psalmist reminded them how to sing, even in exile.

Talitha Arnold: Figuring Out the Plumbing

Monday October 20, 2014
Amos does not make for easy reading, because he did not live in an easy time. But he also offered his people a vision of what God truly wanted from them. 'Let justice roll down like waters,' he proclaimed, 'and righteousness like a mighty stream.'

Talitha Arnold: A Prayer for a Leader

Monday October 20, 2014
May the leader be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth." - Psalm 72:6

Talitha Arnold: Jesus on the Journey

Monday October 20, 2014
'How are you doing?' I asked a friend recently. It was no trite question. My friend lives and works in Washington, DC. For 40 years, she's directed mental health programs in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Talitha Arnold: How Goes Your Soul?

Monday October 20, 2014
How is it with your soul today? That's the question John Wesley used two centuries ago when he developed a new way of being Christian, eventually called Methodism.

Talitha Arnold: Whom Shall We Fear?

Monday October 20, 2014
Psalm 27 starts out full of confidence. Sure of God's presence, light, and salvation, the Psalmist proclaims 'the Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?' If ancient Hebrew had punctuation marks, he probably would have ended with an exclamation point, not a question mark!

Talitha Arnold: Who Is Jesus?

Monday October 20, 2014
In his masterwork, 'Messiah,' George Frideric Handel pulled out all the stops with his 'Hallelujah Chorus.' From its first 'Hallelujah' to its last, the piece uses trumpets, timpani, every other instrument in the orchestra, and every voice in the chorus to proclaim the 'King of Kings and Lord of Lords.'

Talitha Arnold: The Strength of Repentance

Monday October 20, 2014
There's power in repentance, if only because we don't have to spend all that energy hiding from ourselves or others, including God.

Talitha Arnold: To Seek with Heart and Soul

Monday October 20, 2014
This May 22 at the church I serve, we celebrate the 'Rite of Initiation and Confirmation' with six young people from the congregation. The service marks the end of a two-year journey for the young adolescents and also the beginning of their adult lives, or the 'initiation to adulthood' as we call it.

Talitha Arnold: God's Hands

Monday October 20, 2014
God has no hands but ours. It's trite, sentimental, overused, and hackneyed. It's also true.

Talitha Arnold: Standing on Holy Ground

Monday October 20, 2014
Next Sunday, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day. It's also a National Day of Prayer for 'Faith, Hope & Life,' sponsored by the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Across the nation, people of all faiths are invited to join in prayer for persons struggling with mental illnesses and suicide, and for those who love and care for them.

Talitha Arnold: As Sure As the Hairs on Your Head

Monday October 20, 2014
Samson was at a dead end. He'd betrayed God, his people, and himself. Once the strongman of Israel who defeated the Philistines, now he was their slave, blinded and yoked to a millstone like an ox.

Talitha Arnold: Harlot or Hotel Owner: What's in a Name?

Monday October 20, 2014
'Rahab the Harlot.' That's what I first learned about the woman of Jericho who saved the lives of the two Israelite spies. Perhaps you did, too. We may have learned wrong.

Talitha Arnold: Go Back or Go Deep

Monday October 20, 2014
Two choices: Go back to Egypt or go deeper with God, i.e., deeper into the wilderness.