Author Archives: Robin White

Robin White grew up in a farming community in Upstate New York, majored in Music at Ithaca College; then earned her MDiv at Lancaster Theological Seminary, and did post-graduate work at Princeton Seminary and The Theological Institute of Advanced Theological Research in Jerusalem, Israel. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), was recently a Co-Moderator of the National Board of More Light Presbyterians, and currently serves a congregation in Anderson, South Carolina. She is passionate about liturgy—“the work of the people”—and loves preaching. In her sermons, she strives to illuminate the original context of scripture and discern its message for the present. She has had the privilege of “holding space” for the dying and their loved ones, and feels called to a ministry of compassion. White experiences this ministry of presence as a gift, and is most willing” to go with people as they journey to desert places.” She states: “I have lived my life by adhering to Paul’s words in his letter to the church at Rome, ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.’” She says: “I believe in the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:27), and that part of the responsibility of the gift involves a willingness to share it with others.” A Lesbian-Pescaterian-Presbyterian, White is most alive out of doors, whether hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing . . . or just sitting on a rock. She lives with her wife, and three rescue dogs, a stone’s throw from Lake Hartwell. (Banner and Author photos by E.B.-Herring, taken at Pendleton SC's Liberty Hall Bed & Breakfast)

The Grapes of Grace: Matthew 21: 33-46

“Like the tenants in the vineyard, both Maggie and Jared and, in all honesty, many other members of that congregation, thought that the church belonged to them. Many new people were joining and, yes, some of those new people were black, a few were gay, a couple were mentally ill, and a handful were poor. The fruits […]

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When Simon Becomes Peter: Luke 5: 1-11

“After six years of researching shame, Brown has discovered that people belong to one of two groups, those who feel worthy of love and belonging, and those who do not. Shame is the one variable, the one and only. The group who have a strong sense of love and belonging, those without shame, believe they are […]

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Corey’s Coming: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

“The parable I am about to tell you this morning is a compilation of seemingly disparate threads: a song by the great storyteller Harry Chapin; an experience I had with a church parishioner in Delaware; and what I know to be true from the deep wells of scripture.”—Robin White Wing + Prayer By The Reverend Robin […]

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Honest to God: Psalm 22

“But, Oh Best Beloved, without psalms of lament, we are cut off from our anger or our grief. We give up the opportunity to be honest with God about our emotions. Just as within all intimate relationships, the absence of honesty taints our relationship with God. If we cannot pray the full range of psalm […]

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Canticle of Comfort & Challenge

“Like my grandfather’s dairy cows, sheep are the shepherd’s livelihood. But they are also extended family. Sheep belong to the shepherd and there is intimacy created by that kind of ownership. Many of us have dogs and cats: they belong to us and, when we are sad, or scared, or excited, they know it. My dogs […]

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