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Rev. Michelle L. Torigian
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Rev. Michelle L. Torigian is the pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ (UCC), Old Blue Rock Rd. in Cincinnati, OH. She graduated in 2010 with a M.Div. from Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO and in 1995 with a B.A. from Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO. She has contributed writings to the UCC's Daily Devotional and Your Life, Better. Through her writings, Torigian enjoys connecting various subjects like women’s issues and pop culture to theology. You can follow her blog at

Entries by Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

My Blue Easter

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 7:52 PM

In 2008, I attended Easter morning worship with my mom and dad at a progressive United Church of Christ congregation. The sermon was engaging. The music was magnificent. Everything about this Easter morning worship was spiritually meaningful.

But I was distracted... and distraught.

Family three rows up. Family six rows...

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Ministry Is Not Safe

(2) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 4:33 PM

This post was originally posted on RevGalBlogPals for the feature "The Pastoral is Political".

Ministry often seems like a very placid vocation. We engage with congregants as they heal from their surgeries. We attend birthday parties and anniversary celebrations, officiate weddings, and baptize babies and adults. Even the...

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Listening to Leelah: Continuing the Conversation

(3) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 10:42 AM

Living in the greater Cincinnati area, new stories, conversations and editorials have been featured on the struggles and death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn. In the comments under these online postings, many responders desired the conversations to halt or claiming that the story is insignificant. Unfortunately, those engaging...

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The Frightful Mask of Prejudice on Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 2:44 PM

He said also to the one who had invited him, 'When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a...
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Baptism by Ice

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 4:48 PM

Matthew 3 talks about baptism by fire. Last week, I was baptized by ice.

When I initially saw the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fundraiser and awareness, I wondered how deeply important this would impact the world. Watching the first few friends dump water on their heads, I had to ask...

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Between Childless and Child-free

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2014 | 2:10 PM

In the past number of years I have felt a range of feelings one may feel being childless around Mother's Day. Granted, I am truly grateful for my own mom, my grandmas and those who have been mom-like to me. I cheer with those who have chosen to be moms...

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Embracing Ted's Journey: Spiritual Lessons From How I Met Your Mother

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 2:53 PM

Note: This article contains spoilers.

In nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother, we've seen the peaks and valleys in the life of Ted Mosby. The series finale created mixed feelings in the dedicated fans.

Realizing some time ago that the mother may be meeting an early...

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"Muddling Through" the Wilderness at Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 9:04 AM

One of my must-watch Christmas films each year is Meet Me in St. Louis. The movie takes place throughout the year before the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. During the course of the movie, the family is told by their father that they are moving to New...

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Jesus, Healing and Grace-Filled Gray Areas

(17) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 10:00 AM

Most of my friends, family and congregational members know I love the television series Grey's Anatomy. When I'm relaxing or working on other things in my home, I replay old episodes of the series. In these past nine seasons, Grey's Anatomy presents a range of ethical dilemmas that...

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Affirming All Women in Church on Mother's Day

(58) Comments | Posted May 12, 2013 | 8:16 AM

"Women will be saved through childbearing." -- 1 Timothy 2:15

For some, motherhood has given purpose to your life. God has called to you be a mother, and you are living out your call in this sacred vocation. Most days, you experience the Divine in your role as mother.


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Time in the Wilderness: Remembering the Armenians

(2) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 1:00 PM

My grandfather, Azad Torigian, was 6 when the Armenian Genocide began. He came from Darmon, Keghi, in the area of Ezermun. Sometime in high school, my family, including my grandfather, began to tell me the story of his childhood, the nightmare of living through a genocide.

Azad told...

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The Great Cloud of Witnesses at the Finish Line

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 2:21 PM

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." -- 2 Timothy 4:7

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run...

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Women's History Month and God's Call

(12) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 1:34 PM

To usher in Women's History Month, I watched the PBS program Makers: Women Who Make America. I consider myself a feminist, yet I realize that I am still learning many details about women's history. I never knew about Kathrine Switzer, the first female runner in the...

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An Appeal to Christians in 2013

(3) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 10:54 AM

Dear Fellow Christians,

After giving it much thought, I think the message of the Good News is being threatened.

Many people are leaving churches and turning their backs on Christianity. Why? Because people who speak on behalf of Jesus the Christ are dismissing the most important part of Christ's message:...

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Pregnant With a King (or Queen)

(14) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 2:18 PM

"Hark! the Herald Angels sing... Kate is pregnant with a new King or Queen..."

That may as well have been the words to the carol when the statement from the Royal Palace was broadcast. News outlets and social media burst into excitement Monday morning when the palace announced...

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Jesus: The Very Human, Very Single Savior

(37) Comments | Posted October 27, 2012 | 9:33 AM

Thank you to my television Friends Monica, Chandler, Joey, Rachel, Phoebe and Ross! After years of "traditional" families on television such as the Keatons, Huxtables and Seavers, I was relieved to have stories of single people featured on the airwaves beginning in the mid-1990s.

How I understood myself as...

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