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Young Black Men, You Scare Me »

August 22, 2014

It is likely presumptuous, even risky, for a privileged white man to enter into the conversation regarding the events in Ferguson, Missouri. But the fact that many of our CHHSM colleagues in the St. Louis community are acutely experiencing the symptoms of our nation’s chronic racial disease makes silence a cowardly option.

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Grace Notes »

July 31, 2014

Max De Pree has said that “volunteers are at the heart of our society and become the grace notes in our American song.” Musically, grace notes are embellishments to the underlying melody which are not essential to the musical line, but add nuance that draws out beauty and meaning from the theme. 

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Looking Out and Looking In »

June 30, 2014

A CEO search is a unique time in any organization’s life. CHHSM is entering this time of leadership transition with great optimism. We celebrate the accomplishments of the organization under the Rev. Bryan Sickbert’s distinguished leadership for 22 years.

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Transitions: Spreading Our Governance Wings »

May 30, 2014

As this column is published, the CHHSM Board of Directors will be holding its first full meeting since I announced my intention to retire at the end of this year.

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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).