Guarding the Family Treasure

This week, I’m spending three days in Georgetown, DC, as part of the post-graduate program at The Bowen Center for the Family.  The program is to deepen understanding in Bowen Family Systems Thinking.  Today, I heard a presentation that made me think, so I’m passing it on, in case it might spark some thoughts for [Read More…]

Leading from the Airship

This week’s New Yorker had an article about the resurgence of airships.  Sure, we’ve seen blimps floating over football games.  But, after the Hindenburg crashed in flames (New Jersey, 1937), the world moved on to airplanes, and then rockets.  Still, the romance and the usefulness of airships maintained their appeal among a very few.  Now–against the [Read More…]

Omnipotence Paradox: What’s the Real Question?

In Divinity School, it became clear early on that I’m much more a pastor than a theologian.  Yes, in part, it’s because of the dim, flickering bulb of my brain.  But it’s also that I was drawn to ponder the questions under the questions. When someone asks about the efficacy of prayer, maybe it’s to [Read More…]

Self-Differentiation in 3 Puzzle Pieces

Systems thinking is not like memorizing the periodic table.  It’s like learning how to play violin.  The concepts are not difficult, but the application can take a lifetime to master.  Of Murray Bowen’s 8 inter-locking concepts, perhaps the most well-known is “triangles,” for which people often use the word “triangulation.”  Maybe the second most familiar is [Read More…]

The heartwork of coming alive

“Under all the harsh noise of the world coming in on us, this is how the things that last move: a small wave from the deep moves us on and the more we’re moved, the more we bend and bow and reach for each other. Our very life is the ground of practice by which [Read More…]

Carnival Redux, epiphanies too!

While revelation is ever unfolding, sometimes it is worth looking back through the transience for some permanent epiphanies, such as those embedded here: http://admin.patheos.com/blogs/uucollective/2014/01/epiphany-continues during an earlier Epiphany Season. And wherever you live, whatever your faith tradition, know that in New Orleans, it is a time of collective creative celebration, culminating in Mardi Gras on Feb. 9th!  [Read More…]

Co-Courage

I am thrilled to announce to the world that the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR) begins 2016 with Co-Directors! Ruth Idakula has courageously stepped up to co-lead this missional center, which serves as a catalyst in New Orleans and beyond for promoting social, economic, environmental, and racial justice through activism, community engagement, [Read More…]

Instructions for the New Year

Beloveds, as we prepare for the new year, I invite you to take a deep breath in and hold it for a moment and let it out.  Think back to this past year, to your lived experience and the stories you absorbed.  Remember the grief and the joy, the rage and the resistance. Remember that [Read More…]

Holy Patience: Beyond hope and fear

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King wrote, “Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”  In this season of holy patience, may we find the courage to release our fears – and even our fixated hopes [Read More…]

Giving TUUesday

While many people in this country go to work and get paid, social change workers often do the work and then have to hustle to get paid for the work. On this #GivingTuesday, the non-profit world’s answer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you may receive many asks for donations. Take some time to discern how [Read More…]


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