Archive: May, 2012

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The Faster You Run The Faster You Get There

I love reading t-shirt slogans.  I find it interesting to see what people want to proclaim so boldly as they walk down the street and sometimes I actually find them to be hilarious.  So, I was in the Phoenix airport and I spotted the back of a t-shirt worn by a young man and it […]

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Memory Care Support and Prayer Group

The memory care support and prayer group that I lead at the St. Paul Monastery (2675 Benet Road, St. Paul, MN 55109) continues to meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 7-9 p.m.  HOWEVER, IN JUNE THE GATHERING WILL BE ON THE THIRD TUESDAY (JUNE 19)  The group recently requested that we continue […]

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Deacon Community Keeps Me Grounded

Community helps me stay grounded and focused.  That is why it is important for me to be in a community of deacons.  How each of us lives out our diaconal calling is very different, but we all work around the same core values and theological touchstones. Elliott is a youth minister in a parish in […]

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Available Presentations:

Understanding Dementia and Spiritual Care This topic can be explored in a 90 minute session or expanded to greater depths for a one day experience or a retreat.  The time is spent in working to understand the nature of dementia related disease and how one might provide meaningful spiritual care.            When […]

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Yet Another Transition……

I began supervising Director of Christian Education (DCE) Interns in April of 1986.   Now, 26 years later, I know that God is calling me to close this chapter of my life as I move into other areas of service. Supervising DCE Interns has been one of the greatest joys of my ministry.  Intern supervision allows […]

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Recent Items

  • An Eye-Opening Awareness: One More Transition for this Guy

    I sat at a luncheon two weeks ago that opened my eyes to a reality that I knew was there, but as the discussion unfolded I began to realize how the discussion, about to take place, was going to expand my thinking. As I listened to the needs of the people with whom I shared […]

  • TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE: LETTING GOD SET THE AGENDA

    When it comes to the human condition and a desire to change, we can become easily frustrated: we think that we want to change … but we really don’t. Paul expresses this contradiction well in Romans 7:15-24: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do […]

  • The Crisis of Loneliness

    THE NATIONAL CRISIS CALLED LONELINESS From “LINKED IN” “America is becoming Isolation Nation. Nearly half of respondents to a nationwide survey by health insurer Cigna say they always or sometimes feel alone, and 54% say they feel no one knows them well. Such loneliness is connected to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death. The […]

  • KEEP MOVING!

    I was leaving the exercise machine area at the gym, after a training session, and when I looked, up I saw her coming. She was pushing her wheelchair toward the exercise area. I said to her how inspired I was by watching her persevere at exercise. She said, “I am 86 years old and I […]

  • THE NATURE OF CHANGE

    I have a mixed relationship with the concept of change. I seldom, if ever, rearrange furniture. In my world there is a God-ordained place that furniture belongs, so leave it alone. I have a terrible habit of walking through the house in the dark, because i can. I know it is not safe (so I […]