What’s Your Number? How the Enneagram Helps You to Understand Yourself and Others

What’s Your Number? How the Enneagram Helps You to Understand Yourself and Others

In the summer of 1991, a t-shirt changed my life.

I was on staff at Ring Lake Ranch, a spiritual retreat center in the Wyoming wilderness., when one mid-summer morning, Sister Agnes arrived in the dining hall wearing a t-shirt…

Making Religious Communities Safe for LGBTQ Kids

This post originally appeared in RelgiousNews.com.


Eight years ago this Saturday, my son, Tyler Clementi, died by suicide after vicious cyberbullying at Rutgers University because of his sexual orientation.

He was 18 years old.

Tyler was not the…

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Size Mattters, But Not Like You May Think

September 24, 2018—One common and practical schema used to understand congregations is the congregational size approach to classifying churches. Looking at congregations through this lens is used not only by denominational strategists in assessing and planning, but also by sociologists…

How Community Can Help You Move Through Pain and Experience Spiritual Awakening

It is no accident that the people most likely to be eager for a personal experience of God in their lives are those who have been forced to discover, often at considerable pain, that they are not in control. Such…

When We Can’t Take Our Own Advice

September 17, 2018—We’ve all done it; we have all recommended that a church member, client, or patient take advice that we ourselves find hard to follow. We advise them to establish healthy boundaries with family members, to maintain self-care plans,…

Magnificent and Marvelous: A Look Inside Older Adult Ministry

This year I added two certificates to my office.

One I worked on for two and a half years.

The other was a surprise.

The first was an official looking document announcing the completion of my Certificate in Older Adult…

For the Bookshelf: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

September 10, 2018—Ignatius of Loyola was born as Inigo de Loyola, near the end of the 15th Century. The beginning of the 16th Century was a time of intellectual discovery which was accompanied by religious turmoil. Ignatius was born into…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Exploring the Spirituality of Hope: Is Hope More Than a “Feeling”?

Is hope more than a feeling?

More than expecting the good guy to win at the end of the movie or that the weather will be pleasant for your event?

Yes. It is. 

We tend to relate hope with…

Chaos Results When Small, Vocal Minority is Allowed to Rule

September 3, 2018—Jerry Harvey, author of The Abilene Paradox, tells an interesting story that took place years ago on a sweltering July Sunday afternoon in the small town of Coleman, Texas. Harvey and his wife were sitting with her parents…