Finding Friendship (As an Adult)

August 12, 2013

We’ve moved to http://rachellemeechapman.com. Please join us there!Trying to find sisterhood? This will help! So will my live Twitter Chat with Molly Mahar on Wednesday, August 14th, 5-6pm PST on The Art of Making Friends (as an Adult!). Use #sjsoulsister to join in. See you there! *** My dearest friend had an insane work year, went […]

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We should be together.

July 25, 2013

Anne Lamott, who is the high priestess as far as I’m concerned, wrote this amazing status update this week. (Yes, a status update. Her status updates are this good. Because she’s soaking in it.) And of course, I thought, “Yes, this!”–and wished I had thought to write it. Then I said, why not? Why not […]

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Thicker Than Water: A lesson in finding sisterhood.

July 23, 2013

My sister is here! My sister is here! (And I mean my actual sister, bloodlines and all!) This is Rebekah.  And yes, she really is as fun as she looks. Rebekah lives in Texas. She has four kids. They are all in soccer.  Or ballet.  Or both. She drives a minivan. She’s also tremendously loyal — to […]

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Finding Sisterhood: In Real Life

July 13, 2013

  I believe in the power of online community. Flickr and blogs kept me connected to family while experimenting with Life Abroad. Flock  provides a safe haven for the spiritual curious who live in the diaspora. The Chronic Babes Forum resourced me through nearly a decade of chronic illness. And the blog-o-sphere introduced me to […]

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Holding on and Letting Go: Finding Life's Timing

July 6, 2013

Hello everyone. If you’ll all settle down in your pews, we’ll begin our service. Today’s sermon is brought to you in part by Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan of The Milk Carton Kids. This weekend I’m at a conference that has served me well in the past, The World Domination Summit. The first two years […]

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Finding Sisterhood: A Valuable Story

June 27, 2013

  Yesterday I told you a little bit about some of the women I have in my circle of sisters. My actual sister, Rebekah, who lives in Texas and gives me mamahood support over the phone. My sister in care-giving-for-a-living, Lynn, who kicks me in the butt, hands me tissues, and laughs with me through […]

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Finding Sisterhood

June 25, 2013

I totally believe in the power of sisterhood. I need my sister–and my sisters-of-choice–to help me through, well, everything really. My sister Rebekah and I give each other complete and total mamahood support — even if it is on the long distance line. Lynn and I have a mastermind of two, checking in each Tuesday […]

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An ah ha moment about self care and daughters.

June 18, 2013

I’m thinking today about what we, as women, are modeling for our daughters. This topic has been coming up for me quite often of late — perhaps because my now teen-aged girls are giving me a hint at the women they are becoming–smart, insightful, caring, aware, and funny (definitely funny.) And when I see that glimpse, […]

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Just Connect, With SoulSister Liz Lamoreux

June 5, 2013

Last…I don’t know what season it was…we got to wear cute scarves, so I’m going to say last Fall, I got brave and asked Liz Lamoreux to lunch. We live a little less than an hour apart. But there is a toddler and two teenagers betwixt us—not to mention partners and home-owned businesses—so it took […]

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Becoming a Well-Fed Woman

May 22, 2013

Today I’m singing the genuine praises of one of our Soulsisters, Rachel W. Cole. Rachel specializes in getting you to that place where you finally feel well-fed — food-wise, career-wise, relationship-wise. Doesn’t that sound, well, wise? Want to learn more about becoming well-fed? Click here for a guest post with Rachel on the Soulsister’s website.

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The Power of Unusual Choices

May 17, 2013

Are you naturally inclined to make unusual choices? Maybe you’ve had surprise decisions thrust upon you? Perhaps you want to do something unexpected, but don’t know how? Me, I am known for my unexpected choices. Here are just a handful I’ve made over the years: Woke up from a dream and decided going to seminary was the Thing To […]

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Save Your Seat at Soulsisters '13!

May 14, 2013

Nearly a decade after leaving my former tribe, I’m finally gathering my new tribe together under one roof. Words alone can’t really express how thrilled and touched I am to be teaching with this collection of coaches and artists–or how enthusiastic I am about meeting y.o.u. You’ll just have to watch me glow with happiness […]

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What Whimsy Taught Her

May 11, 2013

It’s not a stellar picture, but it was a stellar moment. I spent a little time in the eastern side of the state this week, where it’s less like a rain forest and more like a desert. Much to my pleasure, my morning walks could be done in tank tops and required a sun hat. […]

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Whimsy as Spiritual Practice

May 3, 2013

I’m teaching a new kind of soulcare in Flock this month — Whimsy Practice! Here’s a quick message from me to you about the power of Whimsy and how we are going tap into it like a strengthening tonic this month! Lots of Warmth, Rachelle *your magpie girl Click here to join us in the […]

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Art as the New Church

April 30, 2013

Years ago I was the arts minister at church in Seattle. I worked with a team of creatives, among them musician Israel Button. One afternoon, we were in a little huddle with a handful of friends, trying to find a way of expressing our faith that made sense to our Gen X and Millennial sensibilities. Sitting […]

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Relig*ish: Help for the Spiritual Misfit

April 12, 2013

  I’m on a video roll lately, whipping up posts for you in half the time it takes to type ’em. I’m finding that video is better for communicating instructions and 1-2-3 advice, while writing is better for really sinking into the soul, you know? I also like video for blessings, but that’s another story. […]

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I'm throwing a party!

April 9, 2013

This is just about the most exciting thing I’ve ever done. (That is all.) Don’t forget to hop on the mailing list for first dibs and more info. Click here!

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Relig-ish: What do to about the Bible.

April 4, 2013

I’ve started answering viewer/reader questions in my little ‘ole show, Relig-ish, on the Sogo Media channel. I really love doing a “Dear Abby” type format because it allows me to make sure I’m scratching where it itches when it comes to what’s on your mind. This week I answer a Facebook friend’s question: “Why don’t […]

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I want to sit right down and write you a letter...

April 2, 2013

It’s not so heavy you need a therapist or anything. And you really don’t want to book an appointment with your priest. You have some nice gal-pals, but everyone is so busy, it’s hard to even book a coffee date! Who can you turn to on a regular basis so you can vent a little, […]

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Songs and Doubts for Easter

March 30, 2013

This has become the thought I always think on Easter morning. It was originally posted March 2008. May it be a good companion to you this Easter day. Much Warmth, Rachelle is it enough this story, this ideal, this wistful thing— the teacher speaking soft in the garden, mouthing my name, warm-blooded and real. when […]

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Church of Art: Maybe It's Time

March 23, 2013

Hello everyone. If you’ll all settle down in your pews, we’ll begin our service. Today’s sermon is brought to you in part by Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan of The Milk Carton Kids.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about timing. Specifically about the timing around when to stay or when to go. When to […]

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Relig*ish: What to do with the story of the cross?

March 20, 2013

Hello Magpie, I got a little teary this week at Relig-ish, when I talked about the personal connection I have to the story of the cross. (Don’t worry, it’s not preachy at all. It’s just me, telling my tale.) I made this video in response to a viewer-submitted question about how to relate to the story […]

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How to Keep Your Creative Space Clear

March 19, 2013

  Hi There, my Magpie! This is just a quick note before the goodies…We have some new spaces open in Flock, our online soulcare community! The way Flock works is you subscribe for $15/month. In return you receive a soulcare lesson from me via video (sometimes two, or this month, three!) Then this really great […]

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Good. Enough.

March 5, 2013

Last week in the car my 14 year old daughter, Eden, turned to me and said: “Mom, you used to raise money for a food bank. Then you ran a shelter for homeless teens. Then you were a pastor. After that you raised us, and took in the boy down the street when he needed fostering. […]

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Relig*ish: Old Tapes, New Messages

March 3, 2013

I have been thinking lately, about this idea so many of us seem to have that we are at our core, damaged. Many of the people I speak with are struggling, trying to get a grip on the idea that we are, just as humans, enough. Last week in the podcast, I pointed out a few general […]

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Stop Trying So Hard

February 26, 2013

Listen friends, what I want to tell you is this… You do not need to self-improve. You do not need to struggle. You do not need to radically reshape anything. I don’t know where we all got this idea that we are endlessly broken. Perhaps it is from those pinspiration boards, telling you how to exercise […]

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9 Signs You Might Be Relig*ish, What to do about Easter, and more!

February 20, 2013

Hi Magpies, It’s been a little quiet around here while I’m off working on some writing projects. But I do have a handful of new episodes from my weekly You Tube show at Sogo Media. I’d love to hear your thoughts, and get your ideas for future episodes. What would you like to hear me present at […]

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Single? Partnered? Seperated? (This is for you on Valentine's Day)

February 13, 2013

Every year I think  I should write new blessings for Valentine’s Day. Then every year I read these, and I think, “Oh, The Muse was good when those came to me.” So, I send them out again into the world, as is. Kissed with love. Sealed with affection. May one of them make your day […]

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Vintage Magpie: Choosing the Beast

February 12, 2013

Some thoughts on love for Valentine’s week…(originally posted 9/08) Choosing the Beast – I sat in silence for the first time in a long time today. No television on as background noise, no music, not even the warm tumble-thump of the dryer. Just the candles and a tub full of warm water, and the sounds […]

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28 Days: How to Breathe Through Suffering

February 8, 2013

Welcome to 28 Days– a soulcare series designed to help us live intentionally in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Tragedy. Please join us as we explore 28 ways to engage in this sobering reality with honesty and hope. For Facebook covers and more information click here. Thank you for being here today.  Find more inspirational prints […]

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28 Days: Believe in Your Fellow Humans

January 31, 2013

  How to Believe in Your Fellow Humans This morning I turned on the news to find out that an unstable man stormed a school bus, shot and killed the driver, then grabbed a 5 year old boy and dragged him into a bunker. It’s enough to make you want to give up on human […]

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Be Kind to Your Baby Soul

January 29, 2013

Hi Magpie! Just a quick note to let you know what’s the what… I’m pleased as punch to be guesting at Kind Over Matter today. Amanda invited me to write for her series Kindness in Business. If you’d like to hear how I came be a caregiver for creative souls,  or if you’ve ever wondered […]

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Simple Soulcare: Curated Care

January 28, 2013

Listen friend, what I want to tell you is this: Don’t click around aimlessly on the internet today. Just don’t do it. Click to tweet the good word.   I know you need: inspiration companionship little pick me up. But what are the odds of finding it in  random search? I like you. I really […]

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Relig-ish: Not a None

January 23, 2013

This has been liked, disliked, and called a “rant-let” and a “diatribe.” And here all I was hoping to do was correct a couple mis-assumptions and throw some support to my beloved relig-ish folks! (Especially the post-church ones who get a lot of flack for being ‘lazy’ or ‘wishy-washy.’) What about you my Magpie? How […]

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Simple Soulcare: Intention Setting

January 20, 2013

To Listen:

*** Listen friends what i want to tell you is this… Life goes by fast. Or rather, it goes by at the same speed all the time. But the way we jam up our days with to-do’s and to-don’ts makes it seem like life flies by. So in a way, it’s true. […]

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28 Days: Know Better

January 19, 2013

Welcome to 28 Days– a soulcare series designed to help us live intentionally in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Tragedy. Please join us as we explore 28 ways to engage in this sobering reality with honesty and hope. For Facebook covers and more information click here. Thank you for being here today.  “I did then what […]

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28 Days: Say Thanks

January 17, 2013

Welcome to 28 Days– a soulcare series designed to help us live intentionally in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Tragedy. Please join us as we explore 28 ways to engage in this sobering reality with honesty and hope. For Facebook covers and more information click here. Thank you for being here today.  I’ve been thinking this […]

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Relig-ish: 3 Mistaken Assumptions that Keep You from Finding A New Tribe

January 16, 2013

Are you sabotaging your quest for community by carrying old assumptions into a new way of be-ing? After years of helping people make spiritual transitions, I’ve noticed three common mistakes in the quest for tribe. Find out what they are in this week’s episode of  Relig-ish at Sogo Media.   Having trouble viewing the video? Watch it directly […]

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28 Days: The Sandy Hook Promise

January 14, 2013

Welcome to 28 Days– a soulcare series designed to help us live intentionally in the aftermath of the Newtown Tragedy. Please join us as we explore 28 ways to engage in this sobering reality with honesty and hope. For Facebook covers and more information click here. Thank you for being here today.  I did not want to […]

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Relig.ish: Finding Tribe

January 9, 2013

Where do you find a sense of community and tribe in a post-church life? Do SBNR folks need a spiritual community? If you are relig-ish, what are your needs for community and where/how do those needs get met? I touch on on all these questions in under six minutes in this week’s episode of Relig-ish […]

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28 Days: Inhale Compassion. Exhale Love.

January 6, 2013

Welcome to 28 Days— a soulcare series designed to help us live intentionally in the aftermath of the Newtown Tragedy. Please join us as we explore 28 ways to engage in this sobering reality with honesty and hope. For Facebook covers and more information click here. Thank you for being here today.    On day […]

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28Days: The Healing Power of Whimsy

January 3, 2013

Welcome to 28 Days— a soulcare series designed to help us live intentionally in the aftermath of the Newtown Tragedy. Please join us as we explore 28 ways to engage in this sobering reality with honesty and hope. For Facebook covers and more information click here. Thank you for being here today.  Day One: Whimsy […]

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Giving up Resolutions for Something New

December 29, 2012

Hello Friends. It’s almost time for the new year. I’ve noticed that many people dislike New Year’s. All the pressure to make (and fulfill) resolutions can dampen the spirit of this fresh do-over of a season. (It’s too bad really, because who doesn’t need a do-over from time to time?!) The threat-and-resistance combo that comes […]

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Today on Relig-ish: How to write customized blessings.

December 27, 2012

This week at Relig-ish — my weekly show at Sogo Media — I’m talking about the power of blessings, and giving you some tips for writing your own.  Blessings are a great way to close the day with your kids, to demarcate rites of passage, to honor a loved on their birthday, or to comfort and protect […]

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Today on Relig-ish: What to do about Christmas services when church makes you squirm.

December 19, 2012

For the free resources mentioned in this episode, click here . You’ll receive your video lesson on Solstice within 24 hours. Relig-ish with Rachelle Mee-Chapman airs every Wednesday at Sogo Media. Click here to subscribe and you won’t miss an episode. You inform the conversation! Ask a question in the comments and help me discover […]

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An ongoing response to Newtown: 28days: remember. act. heal.

December 18, 2012

Hello Friends, I’ve been thinking a lot this week about how to best host a healing space around the Newtown shootings. How do we take our  core values — love, compassion, justice, shalom, wholeness — and use them to direct our actions in the wake of this tragedy? Join me in the New Year as […]

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Response to Connecticut: A Prayer, A Plea

December 14, 2012

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin. 2009 Because words are more powerful spoken:

*** Listen Friends, What I want to tell you is this Life is fragile. Like a clear glass globe made out of spun fairy-sugar, a singular tap can cause it to shatter. Life is beautiful. Like a clear glass globe made of spun fairy-sugar, […]

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Books for the Light

December 12, 2012

Every morning in December, the children wake up in the dark. They walk down the stairs, and a dark sky greets them through the dinning room windows. They slouch at the table, and eat their breakfast, knowing they will walk to school in the dark, and when they sit here once more at dinner it […]

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Church of Art: Blue Christmas

December 9, 2012

Hello Everyone. If you all will get settled down in to your pews, we’ll begin our service. Ah, Christmas. There was the year Paul’s lung collapsed on our drive from Seattle to San Francisco. Or the time one of my relatives hid out in the bedroom most of the holiday. Or those three years when […]

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Magpie Mama: Toddlerhood

November 27, 2012

I don’t often write about parenting here at Magpie Girl. When I started blogging, Mama Bloggers were all the rage.  And although at the time my children were little, I didn’t want to be stuck in the mama blogger niche. Maybe part of me knew that one day they wouldn’t want to be blogged about […]

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