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Fierce, Beautiful Wholeness: Why I Look Forward to Courage Camp

The wild winds roared the spring I first learned about “hidden wholeness,” blowing in from the Strait of Juan de Fuca and buffeting the shore. I watched the white-capped sea tossing and turning, a constant thrum of energy. At night, as I drifted to sleep, the old Victorian house where I was staying creaked like a ship. I was  Continue Reading »

In the shadow of VUCA: A call for Soul and Sanctuary in Corporate Leadership

A short while ago during a small group coaching session in the US with senior executive leaders, one man literally fell to his knees on the floor sobbing. He was exhausted by the pressures of his job and had been unable to sleep for so long that he had almost passed out at the wheel  Continue Reading »

Reflections on Being Present

Be present as fully as possible. Be here with your doubts, fears and failings as well as your convictions, joys and successes, your listening as well as your speaking. At first glance, this touchstone seems breathtakingly simple. Not easy, but simple. Yet when I stay with the invitation to be fully present, I am aware  Continue Reading »

Kids want us, not just our information!

Standards-based curriculum and pedagogy are the #1 priorities in our schools, but they are only part of what helps children grow up happy, whole, and successful. Who we are in our classrooms has an even greater impact on our kids. They watch our every move, and absorb everything we do and say (and don’t say).  Continue Reading »

So Much Beauty

Photo courtesy of Lynn Purdon Yenkey Wrestling with the Questions How do I find silence in the midst of chaos? What do I do when my exhaustion overrides my compassion? How do I make sense of watching someone I love change so much? Why do I have to be the one to put my life  Continue Reading »

Teachers Need Self-Reflection

What does a good teacher look like when doing her job well? This image resonates with me: Imagine a teacher who has just said good-bye to her last class of the day. A smile still lingers on her face from her last interactions with her students, perhaps one final suggestion about preparing for tomorrow. As  Continue Reading »

Your One Wild and Precious Life

Here in Seattle we’re turning into summer and I feel a lingering pull to slow down and reflect, a pull captured powerfully by Mary Oliver’s poem “The Summer Day” that ends with the lines: Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Why now? I spent much  Continue Reading »

“And” is the Way of Mercy

Editor’s Note: Dr. R. Scott Colglazier is a pastor, author, and speaker, but for a few short days at our annual Habits of the Heart for Healthy Congregations retreat, his principle role become ‘learner.’ Below are his daily reflections on the theme of the retreat, “Embracing the Tensions of Ministry.” To read more, visit his Take a  Continue Reading »

Open Honest Questions in Ministry: Moving Out Of Familiar Ruts And Independent Silos

I love the cross-professional nature of many Courage & Renewal events. As a leader and as a participant, I’ve repeatedly been exposed to new language, new images and new expressions of a healthy and deeply spiritual life. In almost every case, I’m pushed beyond my own limited language and exposed to fascinating and rich ways  Continue Reading »

Pilgrim’s Purpose: Finding Strength and Trust on the Camino Finisterra

“…even before you sat down with them, broke bread and drank wine, wiped the wind-tears from your eyes: pilgrim they called you again. Pilgrim.” —David Whyte, from Camino [1] I was drawn to pilgrimages partly out of a deep desire to slow down and partly for a reason I could barely understand or articulate. More  Continue Reading »