ACA... Enlightenment? »

June 28, 2012

I’m sitting down to compose this column just after the announcement of the Supreme Court ruling upholding, I think, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This ruling will be parsed by lawyers, politicians and pundits for weeks to come.  It is conceivable that the weak enforcement provisions of the individual mandate and the ruling against the Medicaid provision will make the law a poor tool for achieving broader access to care while curbing cost. Time will tell.


CHHSM 75: Promise of Our Passion-Driven Movement »

March 29, 2012

At our Annual Meeting closing dinner, the Rev. Richard Ellerbrake (see interview) kicked off a year of celebration and reflection as CHHSM prepares for its 75th Annual Meeting in March 2013.


Living Into a New Way of Leading »

March 1, 2012

For the past two years, CHHSM has been living into a new way of leading that we call “Following the Energy." This is the practice of drawing out and naming the mysterious, eternal, meaning-making innovation that is the potential of every person, and connecting people in working communities that innovate exponentially.


In Service to Possibility »

January 30, 2012

Eighteen participants in CHHSM’s Nollau Institute met in St. Louis last month to explore the practice of leadership through an approach that we call “Following the Energy.”  I led off my session by reading the following poem by A.R. Ammons:


Reflections on the First Day of Winter »

December 21, 2011

It is Dec. 21, the first day of winter.  Yesterday, the last day of autumn, boasted a brilliant blue sky and rays of sun that make the snow sparkle. But today, winter’s cold gray is pervasive and recalls the following verse of Wendell Berry’s “Window Poems.”


The Church We Live In »

November 30, 2011

As CHHSM ministries, we claim a faith-based and values-centered identity. That sounds nice, but so what? What constitutes the faith, and what values derive from the faith?

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