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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:

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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.”

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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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Like It or Not »

October 31, 2011

I’m waiting for a flight at Washington National having spent the day at a Community Leaders Briefing for faith-based health and human-service organizations sponsored by the White House Office of Public Engagement.  And engagement there was.  

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Always We Begin Again »

September 29, 2011

I don’t know if we are entering a second dip of recession, but it feels that way when I hear the stories of financial challenge from our CHHSM ministries and as I struggle to balance CHHSM’s 2012 budget. 

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Our Countercultural Movement »

August 30, 2011

The mission of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is to sustain and advance the healing and service ministries of the church. In today’s world, this is a fundamentally countercultural mission.

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