Mary Beth Writes

Did you know your group or congregation can hire me to speak or preach?

I will be including here some introductions and descriptions of sermons and topics I’ve presented in the past or would be interested in addressing in the future.

Particulars:

  • Graduated in the 1970’s from Wheaton College, IL. Later attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. I did two years of academic studies as well as a pastoral internship. I did not become a minister. As an adult I have been an active member within United Methodist, United Church of Christ, and Unitarian Universalist congregations.

  • Public Speaking: I spoke in various public service organizations in Racine County when I wrote for the Racine Journal Times. 

  • I have been active in MayaWorks, a Guatemalan/North American Fair Trade organization. I spoke often about Fair Trade and how North Americans can better understand and support our fellow humans in developing nations. 

  • I have been passionate about simple life and purposeful frugality most of my life. I am looking forward to speaking about how I think “Less is More.”

  • Please CLICK HERE to inquire about having me preach at your church (or speak at an event).

It's not SIMPLE life, it's Simpler Life

I can speak to the luxuries and adventures that happen when one pursues a simpler life.

What are things to consider and enjoy?

Knowing oneself well enough to know what you want from your mortal life.

Where to live.

What to drive (or not drive).

What projects to tackle and which ones to let lie low.

What to wear.

How to splurge with joy and not worry.

When to go out and when to stay home.

Friends, company, cats and pups.

How do you design and live your own authentic, generous, rewarding life?

How to Retire on Less than a Half Million

I wrote that line! "If growing up is the process of creating ideas and dreams about what life should be, then maturity is letting go again."  Somebody made the poster without asking, so I use the poster without asking....

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I'm not Financial Planner - don't come to me for Money Rules For a Retirement Income That Will Not Fail.

I am a thinker and observer. And  we are retired (on less than a half million) and we love this part of our lives.

The Simple Art of Raising Children in your Spare Time

It's not hard to find experts who will teach us how to manage our children.  But that both exhausts and bores me; I don't want a system.  I don't want to maximize my kids' potential - whatever that might mean. 

Kids are not adventure equipment, or status symbols, or raw material to channel through the factory of my ego-whims.

I am not here to tell you how to get your kid to eat her lunch, go to bed on time, or to devise a homework schedule.  I used many child rearing techniques in my 20 years of parenting, but almost every "system" eventually fell away. 

Who We Welcome is Who We Are - The Book of Ruth

I was raised on Bible stories. I like to go back and see what they mean to us now.

The Old Testament/Hebrew scriptures story of Ruth – Surprise, Surprise! - is not the particular romance of Ruth and Boaz. It IS a story of dangerous poverty, racism, and sexism – and what happened when good adults welcomed each other in an unsafe place and time.

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There is a huge and powerful message going on that says what’s wrong with society is foreign people, especially foreign women, lax morals, and lack of respect for the laws, rules, and customs of olden times.

"Do You Have a Question?" AKA the Life of Faith

 

What does “the path of faith” mean, anyhow?  How do we find and get on it? How do we grow in faith to become people who shine with courage and compassion?

In this sermon I acknowledge my own story from my strict beginnings in a Fundamentalist home and church.  (I can pretty much promise there will be some laughing.)

I acknowledge that what pulled me forward into my life weren’t other people’s answers, but my questions.

Guatemala - An Education in Respect and Empathy

We North Americans have much to learn about poverty in the developing world and about what we can do to support our fellow humans who live in struggling-to-dire circumstances.

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In 2002 I went to Guatemala with my then 17-year old daughter. We traveled there because one of the best friends of my life, Kathleen Morkert, had become the Exec Director of MayaWorks and she told me I ought to do this. (If you knew Kathleen, you’d probably do what she told you to do also. Hi, Kathleen!)

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