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Emily Hylden

The Rev. Emily R. Hylden lives with her husband, the Rev. Jordan Hylden, and three sons in Lafayette, Louisiana, and is host of the podcast Emily Rose Meditations.

Helicopter pastoring

The work of the Church must belong to the body of Christ, which is much, much more than the bodies of the priested.

Discs spinning

Asgeir sent my husband and me on a Norwegian music bender. Here's a short list of the music that's been both background and fuel for my sermon preparation and work the last few months.

The anxiety of possibility

On Friday, I walked to work. It doesn't seem like news worth noting, but what was significant for me was the almost euphoric freedom I felt in the exercise.

Embracing the awkward

Completion of a comedy improvisation class ought to be a graduation requirement for seminarians.

holy hands

I'm currently in a phase of "secular" work (employed at a church, but not empowered to use my "magic hands" — that is, to function as a priest), and have had the opportunity to reflect quite a bit on the boundaries of Christian ministry.

Light, when my only companion is darkness

My dad, an ophthalmologist, tells a joke on his own pe0ple: whatever the ailment and specialty, when diagnosis is more an art than a...


A report from the banks of mighty Gills Creek in Columbia, South Carolina. In the wee hours of Sunday, October 4, my phone's National Weather...

A rationalization for watching too much Netflix

I've got a telenovela addiction. Netflix figured out through its very clever algorithms that I am the biggest sucker ever for period dramas.


Last week in yoga class, I learned something new about Jesus.

Everyone’s an artist

It's hard to think of a job worse than that of performance artist — enacting with one's body and very life foundational truths of the universe. And yet...