Month: June 2014

Don’t Be Araid of the Dark

In a commentary in today’s New York Times, author Akiko Busch writes about the first day of summer and of its abundant light.  He also reflexts on the darkness that begins to creep back into the world with the advent of summer – and encourages us to embrace that darkness as a metaphor for the…
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Compassion and Forgiveness

The heartfelt compassion that hastens forgiveness matures when we discover where our enemy cries.      Brennan Manning Understanding someone’s circumstances triggers the compassion that makes forgiveness possible. In his book Abba’s Child, Brennan Manning shares this story that gives us pause to reflect on the ways in which we instantly, often unfairly judge others around…
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The Trap of Self-Rejection

Theologian Henri Nouwen understood inherently the temptation that confronts us all – to believe that we are worthless and unlovable.  We honor his reminder to us that “Being … Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence”: Over the years I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity,…
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“Someone To Tell It To: Sharing Life’s Journey” Our book, “Someone To Tell It To: Sharing Life’s Journey” is currently in the design and production process for publication and will be available for sale in mid-July. More details will follow in our July newsletter. Here’s what other authors and experts have written, through their endorsements…
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I Never Felt that I was Worth It

I learned that people may forget what you said, they may forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.      Maya Angelou The roses were just starting to bloom. She bent down several times to take in their scent, commenting on each one that was particularly fragrant. Row after…
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer–“The Great Listener”

“Christians have forgotten that the ministry of listening has been committed to them by Him who is Himself the great listener and whose work they should share. We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the Word of God.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together (New York: Harper & Row, 1954), 98-9.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer-“Impatient, Inattentive Listening”

“There is a kind of listening with half an ear that presumes already to know what the other person has to say. It is an impatient, inattentive listening, that despises the brother and is only waiting for a chance to speak and thus get rid of the other person. This is no fulfillment of our…
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer-The Ministry of Listening

“The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them. Just as love to God begins with listening to His Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them. It is God’s love for us that He not only gives us His Word…
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