Category Archives: core values

(#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

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(#414) Come Together: Food, Friends, and Family


The food might have brought us together; the bonding kept us coming back. The word hygge or coziness comes to us from the Danes and it describes the feeling associated with “good drinks, good friends, and conversation” says Dan Buettner. … Continue reading

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(#392) He Made Me A Better Version Of Myself


Charles, thank you for being there for so many of us. Thank you for reminding us of the importance of humility, hard work, personal fortitude, paying attention, listening, and mostly, being human. You made me a better version of myself. … Continue reading

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(#389) Create Your Own Breaking Alerts!


Start small. Start local. Do nothing. In a recent edition of The Story of Telling, Bernadette Jiwa noted that a Google search of “how to create a sense of urgency” found nearly thirty-five million hits.  Yesterday, I typed in “breaking … Continue reading

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(#385) Don’t Let Anyone Discount Your Agenda


Your agenda is important. Your issues, trials, tribulations, strife, successes, collaborations, family, friends, and resilience mean something to you and to others. Last week I saw a Tweet that read, “Please don’t bring your agenda today. Bring your love, prayers, … Continue reading

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(#380) The Sun Rises Each Morning. Sometimes We Cannot Recognize It.


The sun will shine on the thousands of people who helped thousands of others survive the catastrophe. The storm saw strangers not acting as strangers. The loss and devastation due to Hurricane Harvey defies words. The images bring us some … Continue reading

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(#378) If Something Happens and No One Sees It, Does Anything Happen?


Quietly reaching out and forging a connection and creating change. On a recent visit to Cedar Key, Florida, my wife I stumbled upon a rusted sign nailed to the front of a dilapidated wood bungalow. On this site in 1897 … Continue reading

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