30 Aug

A Faithful Response to Disaster

The images have been horrifying and unforgettable. Streets turned to rivers. People clinging to the tops of cars or houses. The rain and wind unrelenting. And there have been other images as well, also unforgettable, but these gladden the heart: people using anything that will...

25 Aug

Radical Love: The Path to Healing

How do you process? Whether it is new information, emotional stimulus, or making meaning of a particular event or relationship, some people are external processors and some people are internal processors.   External processors discover what they “think” about something by talking out loud about it....

18 Aug

Helping, Fixing, or Serving?

My church recently experienced three instances of people asking for money—all on the same Sunday. Two people came into the building, one during worship and one after worship, and one person stood outside the church, seeking money from parishioners as they left.   Our experiences that...

15 Aug

Statement on Charlottesville

Saturday was a horrific, tragic day in the annals of the United States of America. Peaceful protestors were confronted with violence. A young woman lost her life simply for daring to say no to racism. A hate group gathered to spread its toxic message and...

11 Aug

Your Spiritual…Type

Spirituality is intensely personal. Well, “ duh.” Of course it is, you might be thinking. What we often fail to consider, however, is that while the personal nature of faith is rather obvious, the implications are not. Educators have long made us aware that learning...

03 Aug

Naming & Claiming our Gifts

August 3, 2017                        Five years ago a dear friend gave me the book, One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp. It was a delight to read and packed a profound message, inviting me to pay more attention to the graces all around me—everything from the taste...

12 Jul

When Everything is…Terrible!

One of my favorite books is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. Poor Alexander. He is having one of those days, a day when everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. A day that goes from bad...

06 Jul

Celebrations, Milestones, & Leaping

Celebrations are an essential part of being human. We seem to have an innate need to mark pivotal events or moments in our lives.   So, we celebrate anniversaries, graduations and birthdays. We erect monuments and memorials. We wear wedding rings. This week, of course, we...