Lay Minister Pens Burnt Offerings

January 23, 2014

Cathy Warner has been a member of the Boulder Creek United Methodist Church for twenty-five years. During that time she served as San Jose District Lay Leader, as Conference Lay Minister to Boulder Creek UMC, and Chair of the Conference Lay Ministry Committee. Warner offered spiritual writing workshops at UMW retreats, lay speaker training, and clergy gatherings. She also worked with the Board of Discipleship writing poetry and prayers for worship and a children’s book titled A Special Love the year the Annual Conference adopted the mission statement, “Passion for Christ, compassion for all.”
Now, Warner, who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University, and recently moved to the Puget Sound, celebrates the publication of her first book, a collection of spiritual poetry titled Burnt Offerings. She is donating 10 percent of her royalties to support the Orca Network’s efforts to save the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales in Puget Sound.
The book, released on January 14 in both print and e-reader formats, is a title from eLectio (, an emerging Christian press located in Texas.
Bishop Beverly Shamana says of the book: “The first poem I read by Cathy Warner was clear evidence that one day she would be known by many as a gifted poet. That day has come. Her poetry will take you on an adventure of faith that passes through joy, surprise, sorrow, laughter, birth, memory, and more. As in life the path is unpredictable and your soul will be deeply nourished. I count it a blessing to have walked with Cathy in ministry as she offered her early gift of poetic faith to the California-Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church.”
Rev. Pamela C. Hawkins, author of several Upper Room books and former editor of Weavings notes: “Life finds words in Cathy Warner’s book of poetry, Burnt Offerings. With poignant depth, Warner calls every sense – sight, touch, taste, sound, smell – to bear witness to the mystery and wonder of a life lived through attentiveness to what really matters. Here, in her poems, faith unfolds against all odds and beyond human boundaries. This collection is for anyone who hopes.”
Warner’s book is available from eLectio publishing and Amazon. Visit her website to listen to some of the poems from the book.