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Category Archives: faith

You Don’t Have to Know What Is Happening

Where do we find courage, faith and hope to keep going in the hard times? Courage is never convenient. Faith isn’t a faucet you turn on and off. And hope is a choice. Courage, faith and hope may arise in our hearts if we’re willing to look inside for some answers and truth. The courage  Continue Reading »

Ever Widening Circles of Us

When we hear about how people are reflecting on and sharing Courage & Renewal work in their sacred spaces, homes, and communities, we’re always curious to learn more about their stories and how they were drawn to this work. We asked John McNeill, pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Ithaca, NY, Karen Kaufmann,  Continue Reading »

A Personal Reflection for 5777

I am sitting at a small maple desk built by someone’s dear hands in the 1800s, or so I was told by the antique dealer I purchased it from. I know it is old because the craftsman built it without using one nail, the desktop smooth, dipping ever so slightly where I imagine many papers  Continue Reading »

The Soul of Aging: A Courage & Renewal Alumni Institute

“When physical eyesight declines, spiritual eyesight increases.” — Plato I was recently sitting around a table with a group of clergy, telling stories of our most meaningful spiritual experiences. Without exception, each person shared about being with a loved one who was dying. I was at first stunned, but ultimately not surprised. It reminded me  Continue Reading »

Honesty Reveals Vocation

My name is Duncan. I’m the Executive Director with the Leadership Development Initiative. I’m also a postulant for the priesthood in the diocese. In the third chapter of Let Your Life Speak, Parker Palmer’s book about vocation. Chapter 3 is called When Way Closes. Palmer writes that “Vocation is rooted in the Latin word for  Continue Reading »

How a Pastor’s God-Sized Dream Helped Kids Be Ready for School

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams,” said Eleanor Roosevelt. Thanks to Courage & Renewal, Reverend Carol Zaagsma found the courage and clarity to claim her “God-sized dream”of giving kids a safe place to learn and play during the summer. Reverend Carol was in her sixth year as a  Continue Reading »

Being Fully Present at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21)

It’s almost as if Mardi packed the Five Habits of the Heart in her suitcase when she went to the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. She certainly held them in her heart and mind as a way to be fully present as leader of the United Church of Canada delegation. We talked with  Continue Reading »

The Emotionally Healthy Leader

An Interview with Courage & Renewal Alumnus and Author Peter Scazzero Peter Scazzero and his wife Geri discovered Courage & Renewal work like many: through a book. More specifically, it was the books of Parker Palmer that gave this evangelical pastor and author the tools to bring contemplative spirituality more fully into the life of  Continue Reading »

Take Action in Response to Charleston

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please take action on behalf of the nine people murdered on Wednesday, June 17, at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C.: Top row (L-R): Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Rev. Daniel Simmons.  Bottom row (L-R): Susan Jackson, Sharonda  Continue Reading »

Turning To Wonder In Order To Create Safe Space

A few months ago, Reverend Wint Boyd shared a story on Sojo.net about how his congregation took an unexpected journey with a former clergyman who had been charged with vehicular homicide. Wint said it was “a tangible and daily experience of paradox and tension holding, to be sure.” Below, Wint recounts the story again and  Continue Reading »