Category: Blog

For all of us

They rose as one. Under a beautifully decorated white tent on a nearly perfect early autumn evening, they rose in a warm standing ovation. They were liberal, moderate, and conservative. Republican, Democrat, and Independent. Evangelical, Catholic, mainline, and agnostic. African American and Caucasian, gay and straight. Millennials and those in their ninth decade. They had…
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Resisting the pull to rescue

We are thrilled to share this guest post from our friend Tamsin Hartley, who is doing incredible work in the UK through The Listening Space. Thank you, Tamsin! Most of us have a natural desire to help others. Seeing someone in distress makes us feel uncomfortable. It triggers our “righting reflex,” that innate desire to…
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Be an everyday radical

Our word ‘radical’ shared its origins with the word ‘radish’; both are concerned with roots and are often bitter. —James Dorsey Not many people would consider themselves radicals. Some would never want that label. While some radicals—Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., or even Jesus—receive high praise for their countercultural…
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Standing Guard

A police officer stood duty by the cathedral’s front door. In all the times we’d gone inside, we’d never seen a guard before. But Wednesday’s noontime service was no ordinary service. The explosive grand jury report that had been made public the day before made it no ordinary day. Since our office is next to…
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The Old Man and The Sea

This blog post is a free chapter from our latest book, Someone To Tell It To: Moved With Compassion. If you’d like to read more stories like this one, you can purchase the entire book here. “Pain has a way of clipping our wings and keeping us f
rom being able to fly… and if left…
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The Sunny Story of Jessica Drew

After having twin girls, Lindsay and Kayla, Karen was convinced the new baby she was carrying was a boy. Everyone was convinced it was a boy… except Lindsay. So Karen told Lindsay she could name the baby if, somehow, it was a girl after all. Karen remembers, “As we were going into the hospital for…
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Ebenezers

Six portraits hung on the wall. Each one represented momentous occasions in the life of the organization. Hamilton Health started with a simple vision that every member of our community, regardless of their ability to pay or their insurance status, receive holistic, quality health care, has now become an indispensable staple of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The…
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“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

As we sat in the darkened theater, watching the film, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, we were enveloped in a sacred experience, an embrace of love and compassion reminding us of the way the world is meant to be. Safe. Caring. Kind. During his iconic more than three-decade TV career, Fred Rogers embodied and provided…
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And Our 2018 Annual Gathering Speaker Is…

Someone To Tell It To is excited to announce Sterling Riethman has agreed to serve as our keynote speaker for our 6th Annual Gathering. Sterling was introduced to Someone To Tell It To by Rachael Denhollander, who was the first to identify herself as one of the many victims of Larry Nassar, the former USA…
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The Presence of Listening

A guest post by Victoria Houser, PhD student at Clemson University. Like most people, I tend to think of myself as a rather well-rounded listener—supportive, engaging, silent when necessary. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve met anyone who openly acknowledges that they are terrible at listening. We recognize listening as a powerful trait, one that…
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