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Empty Pews? »

April 30, 2014

A Nollau class member recently shared a column from Sojourners entitled “'Nones' and the Common Good.” The column, written by Eboo Patel, a Muslim American and founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, asks the question: “What will happen to U.S. civil society as the pews empty out?”

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Water in the Wilderness »

March 30, 2014

Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink. (Exodus 17:6)

Water from a rock? Certainly more biblical nonsense! But the image did not seem far-fetched to me as I listened to the Old Testament Lenten reading this week (Exodus 17:1-7).

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What Nollau Taught Me »

March 4, 2014

I went into the Nollau Institute with vague ideas about what leadership is and what health and human service ministries should be. This past year, through conference calls, online discussions, books, articles, and in-person retreats, my ideas about these concepts have been broken down and built back up.

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Fear of Possibility »

January 31, 2014

As once the winged energy of delight
carried you over childhood’s dark abysses,
now beyond your own life build the great 
arch of unimagined bridges.
Rainer Maria Rilke

This first stanza of Rilke’s poem “Once the Winged Energy of Delight,” is my favorite piece of verse.

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Behold, I am Doing a New Thing »

January 2, 2014

Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43: 18-19) In these verses, the prophet reveals God’s intent to bring about a new exodus that will release Israel from exile in Babylon and lead it to a home in Palestine. 

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Render To Caesar »

November 25, 2013

Last month, the United Church of Christ Board (UCCB) on which I sit adopted a new policy regarding the qualification of UCC-associated organizations listed in the UCC Yearbook to be covered under the church’s blanket federal tax exemption.

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