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Apathy – the Enemy of Justice

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After the preparation and partaking of Thanksgiving’s feast, I might be forgiven a bit of indolence. Yet, as we shared a veritable bounty in the more-than-sufficient space of our home, the reality that there exists countless others with no home and insufficient nourishment persists. It is an immeasurable gift that I enjoy an overwhelmingly gracious…

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Listen

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One of the most difficult activities for human beings, perhaps the most difficult, is to listen. It asks that I remain still for a time, that my focus lingers on the object of my listening attention for the duration of the message being communicated. It is active. It is intentional. It is human. When Louis…

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Use Your Words – but to transform

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A common phrase I used with my children when they were developing implements for their communication toolbox was, “Use your words; hitting is not ok.” And it was a useful instrument that led to many discussions about how harming another body in such a way communicates a lack of regard for that person. Then, after…

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

Reimagine Theology – Relevance in Hurt

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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

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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

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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

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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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