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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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Empathy Gap »

October 30, 2013

In an essay from “The Great Divide,” the New York Times series on inequality, Daniel Goleman concludes that “reducing the economic gap may be impossible without addressing the gap in empathy.” Goleman, the author of “Emotional Intelligence,” cites research suggesting that financial differences create behavioral differences.

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No Right to Wants »

September 30, 2013

The third Nollau Institute retreat for the class of 2013 took place in mid-September. The topic of this session was “Forming Faithful Cultures: The Product of Leadership.” Faithful organizational cultures have everything to do with the integrity of leadership and adherence to the formal and informal covenants that bind people together in values-driven pursuit of the mission of the organization.

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