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Turning to Wonder: Hidden Truths Below the Surface

Dear Readers, This week Terry is taking a well-deserved break to spend time with his family. In his place, I volunteered to write a reflection for the Words of Encouragement. This is also my last week with Center for Courage & Renewal after two and a half amazing years on staff, so I offer this  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 »

Living with a Heart Broken Open

I tell you this to break your heart, by which I mean only that it break open and never close again to the rest of the world. —Mary Oliver, Lead Just two weeks after hearing the good news about Facilitator Preparation program coming to Australia – and hurrying home to tell my wife, our lives  Continue Reading »

Turning to Wonder

Turning to wonder is one of the touchstones used to create safe space in our Circle of Trust® approach. The touchstone suggests that if you feel judgmental, or defensive, ask yourself, “I wonder what brought her to this belief?” “I wonder what he’s feeling right now?” “I wonder what my reaction teaches me about myself?”  Continue Reading »

Turning to Wonder with Contemplative Photography

What might it be like to be a “contemplative photographer” who views things with gentle curiosity in order to gain new perspectives? The touchstone of turning to wonder from the Circles of Trust® approach has been not only a staple for workshops and retreats, it has been a tool for liberation in my relationship with  Continue Reading »