Tag: love

Create Space

When we answered her email asking if we would hear her story, we listed all the ways we could listen – in person, over the phone, via Zoom, through Facebook private messaging, WhatsApp, and texting. Her reply was this: I’ve decided that initially I would like to just communicate via email. I’m not sure if…
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It Starts with What We Believe

We reflect on two of the United States’ most iconic and treasured values statements during our national pause for Veterans Day – the commemoration and honoring of those who have served and sacrificed: From the Declaration of Independence –  We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all (people) are created equal, that they are…
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One of the Things Every Leader Fears Most and How to Overcome It?

In a world of hyperconnectivity, when almost any seeming “rando” can post whatever they’d like, when they’d like, how’d they like, all while remaining relatively anonymous, what is the one thing every leader fears the most and how do we overcome it?  Two weeks ago, our leadership team was scrolling through survey results of a…
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The Unlonely Planet: How healthy congregations can change the world

SEASON 1: EPISODE 16 | October 1, 2019 The Unlonely Planet: How healthy congregations can change the world with Jillian Richardson I’m 25 years old. I’m often afraid for people to know that. You won’t find my age anywhere on the internet, and I’ve kept it hidden on purpose. Why? I have a story that…
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Bridging Divides by Withholding Judgement

SEASON 1: EPISODE 15 | September 10, 2019 Bridging Divides by Withholding Judgement with The Listen First Project Listen First Project believes in the power of starting new conversations that move ‘us vs. them’ toward ‘me and you’ to turn the tide of rising rancor and deepening division. Listen First Project creates opportunities and teaches…
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Choosing to Live for Love

SEASON 1: EPISODE 14 | August 13, 2019 Choosing to Live for Love with Sarah Thebarge There are a lot of things we can live for in the world…security, for superiority, for wealth, for fame, for attention, for success, for prestige…but there is also another, better, way to live. Support the show SHOW NOTES SHARE…
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Now More than Ever

It was the day of our first annual fundraising event, February 2, 2013, and we were looking to take a few hours before it to do something to calm our anxious spirits.  Our keynote speaker, and now good friend, author and journalist Tim Madigan was in town, from Texas. He had never been to Hershey,…
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Love Above All

Our cities are indeed under rocket attacks and we periodically hear the sounds of air raid sirens. And unfortunately, I do not see the possibility of a quick settlement of this conflict. Neither side is ready to make concessions, everyone is fighting to the bitter end. Ukraine wants to return its territories and force Russia…
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No More Killing Fields

This post was updated on March 18, 2022 Serene and heartbreaking. Sacred and horrific. The beautiful forest setting held a chilling secret. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the opening of the Iron Curtain, Ukrainians learned a long-held evil truth. Outside of the capital city of Kyiv, the quiet woods held thousands of…
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It Is What It Is

SEASON 3: EPISODE 7 | February 2, 2021 It Is What It Is with Rishita Jones Rishita Jones, of Amsterdam, Netherlands, has a belief that if we learn to accept the things we can’t ultimately control—and that means just about everything—we would be much more content and would have much more joy. She also says…
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