Hello and welcome. I’m Larry Patten, a United Methodist pastor if you want to slap a label on me. I’ve served churches in various settings, including stints as a hospice chaplain and campus minister. Way back in June 2007 I finished nearly nine years at a church in Fresno, California. Before reaching the tenth year, I decided I wanted to spend more minutes with my wife than with committee meetings and to also reclaim time for writing.
Currently, I’m working part-time as a Bereavement Support Specialist (fancy title, eh?) with Hinds Hospice in Fresno, CA.
Maintaining this site is an essential commitment to my calling. Before formal ordination, my relationship with the Holy included writing, on wondering about my faith through and with words. And there’s also wandering into the wilderness. Inspired by the likes of John Muir, I’ve gone “to the mountains to get their glad tidings.” I’m married (we did the “I do” in Yosemite’s chapel), don’t have kids, and–sadly–our home has experienced the death of pets during 2014. Two of our cats (13 year-old Moses and 15 year-old Madison) died before summer. In October of 2014, we helped our beautiful 14+ year-old golden retriever Hannah have a peaceful death and a few weeks after that the oldest of the kitties, Jynx, died at 16.
Now we have Liam (who kinda showed up at our doorstep) and Milo (who wooed my wife when she visited the local animal shelter). In March of 2015, we added a new puppy: Kynzi.
Though enthused about many subjects—from taking the Bible seriously but not literally, to full equality for queers and straights, and with appreciation of other faith traditions—I try not to take myself too seriously. “Angels can fly,” G.K. Chesterton wrote, “because they take themselves lightly.”
I write reflections on faith and foolishness every week, following the Revised Common Lectionary, but also the newer Common English Version. Look for a new musing by Tuesday afternoon. If you subscribe, I’ll send you a reminder.
I also post weekly essays on hospice . . . and have started a new website: Hospice Matters.
The top picture is a view of the Kaweah Ridge in the Sequoia National Park backcountry.