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DMin, Leadership and Global Perspectives: Crafting Ministry in an Interconnected World

Letting Go

By: on November 19, 2020

In “Not Doing,” D’Souza and Renner quote Hermann Hesse who is thought to have said, “some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.”[1] I will never forget an experience in my early adolescence in which a group of us had the opportunity to learn how to rappel down…

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Norco

By: on November 18, 2020

I left them there. It was ‘Norco’ and a younger friend, huddled in the freezing, out-of-the-wet, door-front area of our Market. Jumped into my little Trax and was about to get going but, couldn’t. Pulled up behind an RV that had pulled-in for the night, ran back into the Sanctuary, off-the-alarm for a couple bags…

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A/The (?) Path Through the Unknown

By: on November 17, 2020

Of the many conributions Renner & D’Souza have made to my leadership philosophy this semester, one stands out: the future is shaped by the leader’s response to the unknown. This past weekend, I took some time of silent reflection in the moutains of southwest Orgeon. There were three locations I wanted to explore as I…

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Does Pace Really Matter?

By: on November 17, 2020

Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner, in their book Not Doing, discuss the idea that not doing is not necessarily a lack of activity. They bring in Carl Honore’s work on slow movement. Honore presents the premise that slow movement is all about pace; a pace that requires us to know the conditions in which we…

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Transformation

By: on November 16, 2020

The Towers stretch high into the sky as I pass through the city gates. Guardsmen who I recognize bow to me not out of recognition, but out of courtesy for a visitor to the City of Towers. I walk the streets that I once knew, everything exactly as I had left it and yet completely…

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Jumping into Serendipitous Grace

By: on November 16, 2020

My spiritual directee arrived ten minutes late.[1] I had already spent 20 minutes trying to settle my new puppy into her crate with treats and such but was unsuccessful. By the time the spiritual direction session began, my pup was still losing her puppy mind with separation anxiety, and I was super distracted. I just…

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Neurological Entrenchment

By: on November 16, 2020

Early on in the shelter-in-place days, I discovered some beautiful running trails just minutes from my house. Each morning in this refuge, I would watch the sunrise, wonder, think, and pray for the potential of a new day. Waist-high grass stood on either side of the single-track trails. Alternating between running and biking, this routine…

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now or never nothing

By: on November 12, 2020

Darkness. I remember running in the darkness. Headlamps and heatwaves in the cold, striding down a mountain a few years ago. We rounded a corner, I recall and, coming quick with the gravity, we were stopped by eyes staring out at us from the dark. They seemed to be those of a fairly large mammal,…

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All That Matters

By: on November 12, 2020

When I arrived at my present pastoral assignment 3½ years ago, one of my first endeavors was a series of small group meetings with members of the congregation. We called it a “Listening Tour” and over the course of two weeks, my wife and I met in over a dozen homes in gatherings of ten…

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A Both/And of Transformation

By: on November 12, 2020

When I was nine years old, I was in Florida with my family on the first non-National Park vacation we’d ever taken. While the theme parks that promised magical memories held up to their end of the bargain, it was something that I observed in the night sky (for free) that changed my life. NASA…

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On Fear and War and Dying with Honor**

By: on November 10, 2020

We are a nation built on war. Through war we earned our independence. Through war we maintain power and position around the world. The warrior spirit is woven into the very fibers of our American being. But with war, comes inevitable death. Historically, psychological principles are utilized to mitigate the fear of death in war.…

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The Arrival

By: on November 9, 2020

The boat gently bumps into the shore, waking me from my slumber.  I sit up, the fog not as thick as it once was. A smile creeps on my face as I disembark onto the shore, seeing a rough path ahead of me. It isn’t easy going, but I find that it doesn’t bother me.…

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Wandering

By: on November 9, 2020

When was the last time you just let your mind wander? When was the last time you took the time to wander around while driving, just to see a part of the city you never saw before? Sometimes it pays to wander. My wife and I normally take an annual road trip to Texas to…

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Putrid Problems

By: on November 9, 2020

Nostrils filled with stench demand creative resolve. This summer, I battled a skunk at my in-law’s cabin. Each weekend greeted me with the miasma of failure of the previous week’s attempts. The putrid problem gripped me, consumed me, and I found my creativity invigorated around the disposal of this creature. Each breath reminded me of…

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Fire and the Sunshine

By: on November 9, 2020

Fire is life. Fire moves and breathes. Fire is alive. Fire is warmth. Fire purifies. Fire burns. Making fire is magical; a sacred experience that requires much practise and patience. In the process of teaching my daughter to build a fire, I continue to learn from the fire as to how it is to be…

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…And Now We Wait

By: on November 5, 2020

Not surprisingly, the US Presidential election results were not immediately known in the hours immediately following the polls closing on Tuesday, November 3. With much higher numbers of absentee and mail-in ballots to count this year due to Covid-19, election officials in several states signaled that it would likely take several days to get an…

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Allow Her to Roam Untamed

By: on November 4, 2020

There is a fine line between “strategic” and “controlling.” Years ago, in my days of leading a church in the San Francisco Bay Area, we found ourselves in the process of strategic planning. We sensed that a new season was dawning for our faith community so we invited groups of community members to join our…

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Saying No When You Mind Says Yes

By: on November 3, 2020

As I sat in front of my desk, pen in hand, I began to write out a check for my son. It wasn’t the first time I wrote a check to assist one of my children. For some reason this one was different. Why was I struggling so much with writing this check and not…

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Innovation a la Tolstoy

By: on November 3, 2020

When asked how to prepare children for the exponential progress of technology, iconoclastic economist Nassim Taleb answered, “Read the classics” (Antifragile, 320). He goes on to posit, “The future is in the past.” The best innovations, then, have an intimate understanding of the past, are doggedly present to the immediate moment, and have an imaginative…

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An Election Day Psalm

By: on November 3, 2020

How long, O Lord, will you forget us? How long will you turn your face away? How long will your silence be deafening; Your presence imperceivable?   We are wasting away consumed by corruption, manipulation, greed, and partisan politics.   Democrats sit crouched, ready to pounce on Republicans. Republicans stand armed ready to shoot whoever…

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