Paula Toland is a second-year M.Div. student at the Episcopal Divinity School and a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Massachusetts. She spent her early years in both the Episcopal and Roman Catholic Churches, and made the decision to be confirmed in the Episcopal Church at age 12. She and her husband have three children, all of whom have been active in various parish and diocesan ministries. After working for 30 years as a social worker, Paula recently began work as a hospice chaplain in Rhode Island.
Sermons and Bible Studies
Proverbs 31:10-31 This, to me, is a challenging passage. It is difficult to look beyond the immediate visceral reaction to the patriarchal assumptions about a woman’s life and worth being connected to her husband – thus the description of the “capable wife.” These assumptions would have been expected and accepted when Proverbs was written. And […]
Numbers 21:4-9 For Moses and his community, serpents represented both a threat to physical life for those unfortunate enough to be bitten and, if we follow their thinking that God sent the poisonous snakes, divine retribution for their lapse in faith that God would provide as God had promised. Yet they also were the sign […]
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