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Category Archives: personal stories

Honest and Open Questions as a Spiritual Practice

When I first began participating in circles of trust, the part that intrigued me most was the practice of asking honest and open questions. How interesting. What a revelation! I began to witness just how many interactions were trimmed by the offering of advice or a ‘helpful’ suggestion, after which, the dialogue was over. So  Continue Reading »

Finding Chutzpah to Attend to Anger and Grief

This blog features an article originally published on Kolbe Times. With Dan’s gracious permission, we share this article with you today. As I write this, my life is strangely on hold for three months. I can’t say I am comfortable with the feeling. It comes down to May 9, 2017: the day that the province  Continue Reading »

Simple Presence: A Wish for the New Year

A few days after moving, I put on my gloves and coat and went for my first walk in the new neighborhood. Sometimes the best way to settle in is to give my body the chance to orient itself, to begin to know a place. I walked up the hill and past the domed church, watching how  Continue Reading »

Parker J. Palmer Reflects on a Lifetime of Learning

This blog features an excerpt from “Parker J. Palmer Reflects on a Lifetime of Learning with Executive Editor, Frank Shushok Jr.” in the journal About Campus. In his Editor’s Note, Frank unpacked the issue’s theme – Learning to Struggle. With Frank’s permission, we’ve excerpted a portion from his note as an introduction to his interview with Parker: The  Continue Reading »

Sometimes Doctors Need Saving as Much as Their Patients

Click here to download and read Glenn’s poem “Doctor to patient (on ornithology and the practice of medicine)” For most of my career medicine has not been so friendly. I have struggled with doubt. I have always felt that at any point I might do the wrong thing. For a long time this meant that  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 »

Charleston and Orlando Are Sacred Ground

This summer, dozens of people from the LGBTQ community, mostly people of color, were murdered in Florida. A year before that, black churchgoers were shot down in South Carolina. Killing rage, in sacred spaces. Sacred: Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Charleston. June 17, 2015. Sacred: Pulse Night Club. Orlando. June 12, 2016. Because when a church casts you  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 Wrong Bend, the Right Place

In the car and on the way to the airport and some time away from it all I took a deep breath. It had been a long slog of one thing after another. It was time for some perspective that only the mountains might provide. I knew this. I needed to get back to where  Continue Reading »

Don’t Turn Away, We Need Everyone

At one of our final circles of the Academy for Leaders, a woman broke the silence with a comment about addressing social and racial inequity during the Academy. She suggested that if we truly want to practice valuing Otherness, Creating Community and Living with Tension, then we should use the process to talk about systemic  Continue Reading »