Category Archives: acceptance

(#450) Respectful Relationships


Respectful relationships help build lasting, meaningful, accepting, loving, nurturing, and sustaining communities. As I wrote Community as a Safe Place to Land, I had the opportunity to speak with transformational people in communities from Savannah, Georgia to Celebration, Florida.  Each … Continue reading

Posted in acceptance, accountability, action, amplifying, Appreciation, Communication, Community, community development, Life lessons, resilience, respect, responsibility | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

(#447) Resistance Bubbles


How do we get the two groups to the table to capitalize on the 10% they agree on—to start a conversation and maybe educate one another to each resistance bubble’s beliefs and core values? Is this a worthy goal—and, is … Continue reading

Posted in acceptance, Appreciation, Appropriate Behavior, assumptions, awareness, change management, Civility, collaboration, collegiality, community development, consideration, conversation, curiosity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

(#442) Community Building: Beyond Why to How


The question, in my mind, moves beyond why we need community to how we go about building and sustaining it. While dichotomies can be simplistic, they can also help frame a conversation. When you seek a community, toward which end … Continue reading

Posted in acceptance, accountability, action, amplifying, assumptions, authenticity, awareness, change management, Communication, Community, community development, confirmation bias, Critical Thinking, leadership | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

(#425) A Community of Mentors for Music, Hope, and Rainbows


Neighbors entertaining neighbors while enjoying the company of other neighbors. Research tells us that “hope” requires three ingredients: Goals + Pathways + Agency. Our goal—a rainbow that attracts and draws our attention—must be valuable to us and/or our community.  A … Continue reading

Posted in acceptance, amplifying, Appreciation, authenticity, awareness, Being REMARKABLE, Community, community development, confidence, core values, creating your future, Creativity, Friendship, listening, mentoring, Mindfulness, mindset, Motivation, Personal growth, Personal Wellbeing, Relationship, resilience, respect | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

(#420) Trust As A Core Value


Everyone has a story and our job is to listen. A few decades years after the Civil War, Clara White, a former slave, saw a need and took action in her Jacksonville, Florida neighborhood.  Some of her neighbors did not … Continue reading

Posted in acceptance, accountability, amplifying, Appreciation, assumptions, Being REMARKABLE, change, Community, community development, courage, dignity, Discipline, fortitude, Goals, habits, health, hope, Integrity, Motivation, resilience, Social responsibility, social ties, transactional leadership, wisdom | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

(#418) Helping A Village Find Its Voice


Listen and respect one another. Find your voice. Use your voice. Pursue your rainbows.  We have heard that the village raises up a child.  What do we do, however, if the village has inadequate infrastructure, health disparities, high crime and poverty, … Continue reading

Posted in acceptance, accountability, action, Appropriate Behavior, assumptions, authenticity, awareness, Balance, change, Choice, Civility, collaboration, conversation, core values, creating your future, Dreams, empathy, information literacy, Integrity, leadership, Relationship, relevance, resilience, vulnerability, wellbeing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

(#416) A Safe Place to Land


I kept hearing about the connections between congregants and neighborhood, congregants and congregants, as well as congregants and their own souls. Consider this. It’s 1993. You are an exuberant minister with a young and growing family.  You walk into a … Continue reading

Posted in acceptance, assumptions, authenticity, Being REMARKABLE, Choice, Civility, collaboration, Communication, core values, vulnerability, wisdom | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment