About Rev. Beth Rodenhouse

Rev. Beth Rodenhouse served in parish ministry for eight years and chaplaincy for five years. She currently serves as chaplain at Pilgrim Manor, a United Church Homes community in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is part of the ministry of the United Church of Christ.

Recent Blog Posts

Making Room for Time

By Rev. Beth Rodenhouse  •  June 25, 2020

Making room for time? I know — I can hear what you are thinking. For some of us, all we’ve had is time on our hands. We’ve been sheltering at home, many of us out of..

Choosing Hope

By Rev. Beth Rodenhouse  •  May 21, 2020

Mourning Loss Wasn’t Mother’s Day strange? I couldn’t bring flowers to my mom. We couldn’t gather around the dinner table. I mourn the loss of family and group..

Living Inside Hope

By Rev. Beth Rodenhouse  •  April 09, 2020

I never expected to live during a pandemic. I mean, I’ve read a lot of science fiction stories about pandemics, but I never expected fiction to become reality. Yet here..

Advent Series – Love

By Rev. Beth Rodenhouse  •  December 19, 2019

Barren Little did I know how difficult it would be to have children. After years of trying, my husband and I sought a fertility specialist who helped us finally get..

Summertime: Rise Up Singing

By Rev. Beth Rodenhouse  •  August 22, 2019

Summer and Music Hearing Ella Fitzgerald’s smoky voice croon George Gershwin’s “Summertime” from the opera Porgy and Bess evokes the warmth and joy of summer.  “One of..

I Will Remember for You Now...Until You Remember

By Rev. Beth Rodenhouse  •  May 09, 2019

My mom was diagnosed with vascular dementia several years ago, and she has had increasing memory problems. Mom is one of close to six million people living with dementia..

Wholefully Willing

By Rev. Beth Rodenhouse  •  March 28, 2019

In our chapel, the entire back wall showcases a beautiful stained-glass window depicting Jesus’ final hours of freedom, praying in the garden of Gethsemane. Overwhelmed..

Indispensable Older Adults

By Rev. Beth Rodenhouse  •  February 07, 2019

Is there an issue of social justice in regards to older adults? Yes. Working as a chaplain at a retirement community, I see multiple ways that people view older adults..

Where is Peace?

By Rev. Beth Rodenhouse  •  December 06, 2018

How can I write a blog about peace in these troubling times? Everywhere I look, I find unrest, conflict and violence. Everywhere I listen, I hear angry name-calling,..