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I want a theology that begins to deepen people's understanding

Reimagine Theology – Relevance in Hurt

Reimagine Theology – Relevance in Hurt 972 733 Nicole

Ruby Sales played and continues to play an essential role in securing civil rights for all people. She does this in very practical ways, and she does this in theological ways.

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the great doesn't happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together

Collaboration and the Art of Giving Up Credit

Collaboration and the Art of Giving Up Credit 2526 1915 Nicole

A creative masterpiece is the result of a succession of little strokes, tiny marks, a single idea and then another.

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yūgen and the art of grace

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Mindfulness practices are prevalent and pervasive, and their effects are well documented and understood. At the same time, their techniques devoid of the context from which they were derived (for example, relationship with God) limit the potential and capacity these practices hold for greater wellbeing and wholeness.

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Live, Move, Be

Live, Move, Be 2019 2019 Nicole

Today, I am so inspired, encouraged and strengthened by these beautiful people. Howie and Lysander and a dozen more from DGFUMC are being present to other beautiful people in another city.

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Use Your Brain

Use Your Brain 2705 2446 Nicole

As I delve into research and writing today, Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s admonition is a beautiful reminder to consider why I do this work in the first place. Am I more concerned with merely gathering facts and data for my own self-worth or promotion?

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Being Still at Camp

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This past week was summer camp for the children of Downers Grove First UMC. It is the fourth time Howie and my boys participated since Howie joined the staff.

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Why Wait for Peace?

Why Wait for Peace? Nicole

Great wisdom from The Doctor: “The only way that anyone can live in peace is if they’re prepared to forgive.” Someone needs to be first. And there are no guarantees that forgiveness will be reciprocal. But if I do not forgive, I can guarantee that I will not know peace. So, is it worth the…

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An Authentic Life: Keep It Simple

An Authentic Life: Keep It Simple Nicole

With Parker Palmer, I don’t really like being told what to do. I am so glad, in this instance, that he overcame his issues with authority and shared these instructions from Walt Whitman on how to live an authentic life: “This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise…

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What’s In a Name? Part Two: Protector of Children

What’s In a Name? Part Two: Protector of Children Nicole

The Latin, Diana, is of unknown origin and thought to mean “godly” or “divine.” In Roman mythology, Diana is the goddess of the hunt or wilderness and is the twin sister of Apollo. Her Greek counterpart is Artemis. She is the fierce protector of children, and as such is also associated with life-giving fertility and…

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What’s In a Name? Part One: Victorious People

What’s In a Name? Part One: Victorious People Nicole

The name Nicole is of Greek origin and means “victorious people.” It evolved into a French feminine of the masculine, Nicolas. The surname Nicole originates in Netherlands where it was notable for its various branches, and associated status or influence. It seems it was derived from the goddess Nike who, in Greek mythology personifies victory, her Roman counterpart, Victoria.…

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