Blogging, Devotions, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Women in Ministry, Writing

I Started a YouTube Channel: Plus a Video to Make You Smile! (With guest pianist Alex)

I'm putting all my social media skills to use for the Glory of God and the service of Church. I will be posting daily devotional videos. Some will be humorous, and others will be a bit more serious. Some will have special guests(filmed from a safe distance)and others will be just me. I hope they help provide you with comfort and a smile during this time. 

Devotions, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Devotion: The New Birth Is Like Hatching from an Eggshell (His Encouragement)

 Receiving the new birth completely changes the way we see the world. It's the difference between being stuck inside a dark egg or being alive outside in the world. This Lent, we are reminded that if we trust in God, Christ will help us to break out of our shells int to the glorious resurrection of an Easter morning. 

Books, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Writing

My New Book is Now Available for Pre-Order: The UMC and Disability by Rev. Rebecca L. Holland

I am so happy to be able to  announce that my new book The United Methodist Church and Disability: Essays and Practical Ideas for Churches, Clergy, and People with Disabilities is now available for pre-order! The Kindle Version will be released November 25th and the large print paperback version will be released on (or very close to) that date. 

Blogging, Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Naked Truths About Getting Book Reviews by Gisela Hausmann

  Title: Naked Truths About Getting Book Reviews 2018 (Kindle Edition) Author: Gisela Hausmann Genre: Nonfiction/ "How To" Available on Kindle The irony that I am writing a book review for a book about getting book reviews is not lost on me. I discovered this author on Twitter and I was intrigued by the information she… Continue reading Book Review: Naked Truths About Getting Book Reviews by Gisela Hausmann

Poetry, Writing

What They Said When Io Ran – a poem by Rebecca Holland

It is always a joy and a thrill to have a poem accepted by a literary magazine. My poem, “What They Said When Io Ran,” was published by the Amethyst Review: New Writing Engaging with the Sacred. The Amethyst Review is one of my favorite literary magazines because it focuses on work that specifically explores the intersection of faith and writing. As a writer, this is one of my favorite themes.

I am delighted to be included in Amethyst Review and I hope that you will take a moment to explore the pages of their magazine as well as to consider my poem, which I have reblogged here.

Blessings
,
-Rev. Rebecca

Amethyst Review

What They Said When Io Ran

Words liberate
Poetry heals

The sages of the ages past
Tried their best to lock away
The knowledge of what words can do
They should not keep them from you

They will try to chain you with meter
And clip your wings with rhyme
Say that you are not good enough
Because you cannot write like them
Because your iambs are trochees and your lines stumble on broken feet-

But they do not see
That you are writing a new song
They do not see
That a new language is required
To tell the world of how you were
………………Beaten
………………Broken
………………Erased
………………Desired
………………But never silenced.

When Io ran, they claimed she liked the chase
When Daphne transformed into a tree
Rather than embrace her rapist
They said, how lovely is the laurel
And used her arms to crown…

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The January edition of Captivating reads, "The Gift of Disability Lights the Way for Others"
Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Writing

Two of My Articles Were Published in CAPTIVATING! A Magazine Empowering People with Disabilities

I'm so excited - I had TWO articles published in CAPTIVATING! Magazine! As a preacher, one of the things that I am most passionate about is making the church fully inclusive for people with disabilities. I also love to write. I view writing as a natural outgrowth of my call to preach. I love it… Continue reading Two of My Articles Were Published in CAPTIVATING! A Magazine Empowering People with Disabilities

The cover of I Win from the Goodreads website
Author Q&A, Book Reviews, Books, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity

Audiobook Review: “I, Win” by Win Kelly Charles with Author Q&A #DisabilityAwareness

"I, Win," by Win Kelly Charles is an incredible book by an incredible young woman who is working to redefine the way the world views people with disabilities.