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The Spiritual Value of Quarantine

A few weeks ago, my husband tested positive for COVID.  I dropped everything, hurried to the drive through testing site, relinquished my comfort for a long-stick swab of my sinus passages, and prepared for ten days of quarantine at home. Next up was cancelling...

Can We Rebuild Trust in America and in Each Other?

On election day and for days afterward, I was glued to the TV. I flipped between channels, absorbing election results, minute by minute, county by county. Along with many other Americans, as they counted same-day ballots and mail-in ballots, I watched percentages rise...

How to Lead Across Divides

These days, Americans can’t agree on a common reality, let alone a common good or the leadership they need to achieve it. In my own community of 53,000 people, 20 people are struggling for their next breath, gasping in ICU beds, with thousands more sickened. At the...

What’s Your Role During the Election?

This election season is a very emotional time. The tension, the polarization, the worry, the uncertainty—all of it adds up to stress. So what is your role and your responsibility as a church leader? Is it to get out the vote? Push for justice? Lead the resistance?...

Stewarding the Vision

George Bullard’s pivotal work, The Life Cycle and Stages of a Congregation, reinforces what the author of Proverbs once said, “Without a vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18, KJV). It turns out this proverb holds true for churches, too. Bullard demonstrates that...

Voting Rights, Justice, and Faith

U.S. law is deeply embedded with systemic racism. It is also deeply embedded in the history of faith communities. That's why, since the murder of George Floyd, I have been hosting "The Uncomfortable Conversation Series." In these hour-long discussions, spiritual...

How to Overcome Negativity with Emotional Intelligence

People are on edge with each other, hypervigilant, buffeted in a sea of negativity. Clergy colleagues report that otherwise stable church folks are having meltdowns and launching into attack mode. My husband, a cordial golfer, returned from the links last night...

The Gift of Unhurried Time

Most of my days are structured and filled to the brim with things to do. While I enjoy them and get a lot done, one key element is missing:  free-flowing creative time with God. This week, I am spending time away, working on a writing project. In this case, away isn’t...

What to Leave Out in Conversations about Race

Law, custom, and even religion are intertwined with racism. It's so pervasive that it's not always easy to identify, let alone dismantle. We must approach Constructive conversations about racism with emotional intelligence. I have written about arriving at workable...

The Surprising Impact of Emotional Intelligence on Racism

Emotional intelligence is a soft skill often prized in the world of interpersonal relationships. Can it be used as a tool to dismantle something as hard and ingrained as systemic racism? My answer is a resounding yes. In fact, I don’t think that the structures,...

The Gift of Unhurried Time

Most of my days are structured and filled to the brim with things to do. While I enjoy them and get a lot done, one key element is missing:  free-flowing creative time with God. This week, I am spending time away, working on a writing project. In this case, away isn’t...

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