Archive: May, 2012


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Recent Items

  • The Loneliness Factor

    I was at a luncheon that was serving as a listening post for seniors to describe their sense of loneliness and isolation. I knew that the population invited to this luncheon was one that would probably have a higher sense of isolation, but, what I heard was much more intense than I expected. A man […]

  • Social Networks and Aging

    It is interesting that research is showing two demographics experiencing social isolation in such as way as to impact health: Young Adults (18-22) and Senior Adults (65+). I have worked with both populations over the past 50 years and I continue to be amazed at the similarity of the questions raised by both groups and […]

  • 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 […]


    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 […]