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We Didn’t Just Survive…We Transformed.

By: on October 22, 2020

My team just finished up a three-day, in-person on-site retreat. It was the first time we’ve been in the same room since March and it was life-giving. So much has changed since we last were together. During our convening in March, we were set to move into a future that would have scaled up our…

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“B” is for Busy

By: on October 21, 2020

Some of us wear “busy” like a badge. Swim hard upstream. Fight the current. Arrive exhausted, but proud. Look how busy I am. Important. A young pastor in his first lead assignment was having coffee with an older colleague in his community. The young pastor arrived late- hurried, frazzled, distracted. His older colleague was already…

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Who then Why then How

By: on October 21, 2020

If we were to journey into the fray with family therapist and organizational thought-leader, Edwin Friedman, we would likely move with the cadence of the word “self.” Self-differentiation from the surrounding emotional processes. Self-determination of one’s values. Exposing one’s self to vulnerability. Self-regulation of emotions. Leadership in liminality demands a proper sense of self. Frederick…

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Knowing’s Edge

By: on October 19, 2020

The inside of Knowing’s Edge is unlike anything I have ever seen. Thick, overstuffed armchairs dot the room and eclectic artwork lines the walls. Long wooden tables with dinner’s remains await to be cleaned, but no one actively makes their way to do so. The room itself is dimly lit with a thin haze of…

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Breathing Holy

By: on October 19, 2020

Words flew through the air like bullets on a battlefield, leaving deep, gaping wounds. Not the best way to begin a Saturday morning. Still, there we were, once again, in an emotionally explosive situation with no real hope in sight. For months, the darkness had been settling in as circumstances with our daughter went from…

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Opportunity: The Making of a Masterpiece

By: on October 19, 2020

We often look at life like flipping a coin. “Heads I win, tails I lose”; a depiction, that for many things in life there are only two choices, winning or loosing. In a situation where we think we or someone else has the advantage the saying becomes “Heads I win, tails you lose”; depicting that…

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Orphan, Widow

By: on October 16, 2020

  ‘I am a street person. I am twelve…I am twenty…I am sixty years old. I live on concrete fields and bask in the sunshine of neon. My pillow is of stone and my fortune lies in broken promises. My daily bread comes from a needle and alcohol soothes the pain within me.’1   A…

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What’s Next?

By: on October 15, 2020

Earlier this afternoon (Thursday,) I officiated a memorial service for a member of my congregation. Julie was not quite 50 years old when she died last week after a prolonged battle with cancer. And while we knew her death was coming, it has been a difficult week as I have been forced to open the…

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With Toes Over the Edge and Wings on Our Backs

By: on October 14, 2020

For the past 10 years, Global Immersion has been relatively successful at honing, teaching, and training our message of restorative theology and practice of Everyday Peacemaking. We’ve identified the power of immersive learning as a central ingredient to the awakening of dominant culture faith leaders to the imperial theology (& its implications) that they’ve been…

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Lessons Learned at the Pace of Grace

By: on October 13, 2020

Five years ago, at this time, I was midway through a grueling 28-week training schedule for the Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge. Preparing for this challenge was exhausting and exhilarating. The run was being hosted on my 45thbirthday weekend, and involved completing a 5K, 10K, ½ marathon, and marathon over the course of four consecutive…

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Space as Creative Substance

By: on October 13, 2020

Scientifically, gases fill the entire space given to them. Sociologically, people fill their entire space – basement or garage – with “stuff.” Organizationally, meetings tend to fill the entire time allotted. Likewise, a temptation for the global leader is to fill the entire space given, to be the hero. Leadership is not about filling space,…

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Alone

By: on October 12, 2020

I breathe a sigh of unease as the fog around me begins to clear. I cannot recall the last time I stepped beyond the walls of the Tower. There is tension in the air as we navigate the winding path through the thick fog. Pockets of it are less dense – vague recollections of places…

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Selah: Pause and Ponder

By: on October 12, 2020

As I read Shawn Cramer’s blog from last week, along with the concept of pause in Not Doing, I couldn’t help but reflect on the concept of pausing from a broader coaching perspective. Have you ever wished you could hit the reset button?  I am sure that I am not the only individual that has…

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wu-wei

By: on October 10, 2020

There was a dark spot noticed on the floor of the lobby of my workplace a few weeks ago. I walked by it a few times before I thought to explore it further. To begin with it was just one, solitary alien drop; I stood there at first slightly dazed, thinking about soya sauce and…

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Leadership Potential of Pregnant Pauses

By: on October 7, 2020

With an expressed attitude of “bias towards actions,” Design Thinking, in its most popular form, lacks helpful pauses to assess, think, and reflect. These pauses possess the potential to be pregnant with critique, corrections and creativity. What rests are to musicians, lines breaks are to poets, and negative spaces are to artists, so pregnant pauses…

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Walk at the Pace of Trust

By: on October 6, 2020

Central Oregon’s Clergy for Justice is a collective of local faith leaders that is committed to the remaking of our community into a space where justice & equity are a lived experienced for all. Last Tuesday, Trump, from the debate stage and in response to a question about white supremacy, told the Proud Boys and…

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The Truth Will Set You Free

By: on October 6, 2020

A few years into my church-planting appointment, I faced a significant leadership crisis. In our first couple of years, the “parent church” managed our finances. Our new church had a small leadership team, along with some administrative oversight, but the day-to-day operations were handled by the financial staff at the larger church. Early in the…

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The Most Important Step

By: on October 5, 2020

“There is nothing that man fears more than the touch of the unknown.  He wants to see what is reaching toward him and to be able to recognize or at least classify it.  Man always tends to avoid physical contact with anything strange.” – Elias Canetti[1] We stand at the precipice of the unknown.  A…

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Improvise; the latest quick fix!

By: on October 5, 2020

It’s a quiet rainy Sunday morning. It has been a full and busy weekend so far. With the help of my son and son-in-law Saturday was a day of home repairs that were long overdue. This morning with coffee in hand I looked out over the deck at a cedar fence that needs repairs. Just…

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When the Next is Now

By: on October 5, 2020

Three years ago, when I left the church, I left not only my primary connection to community, but also many ministry responsibilities. These ministry responsibilities consumed much of my time for so long, I was disoriented when those responsibilities were no longer required. When I left the church, friends said kind things like “God has…

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