Lessons from the Wilderness for Such a Time

Lessons from the Wilderness for Such a Time

In the rush to reopen the economy, epidemiologists are warning of a second wave of the COVID19 infections that may be more severe.

Time will tell.

Meanwhile, angry white protesters, preferring guns over facemasks, have been expressing their outrage over…

The Growth of James McDowell Richards and Columbia

By Brian D. Hecker, Public Services Archivist 

In the summer of 1932, James McDowell Richards (1902-1986), nearing the age of thirty, accepted an offer from the Board of Directors of Columbia Theological Seminary (CTS) to become its president, a position he initially did not anticipate keeping for more than 5 years.1 Richards graduated from CTS…

Goals vs. Magical Thinking

In my consultations I often have to help folks think through what is a realistic goal and what is aspirational, or, as I call it, “magical thinking.” Their ideas for a goal are often fuzzy (“more,” “better”). People consistently overreach…

Embrace the Challenge of Getting Older

My parents died within the last decade and I watched them age over a period of 10 years with a plethora of emotions.

It was was a whole new experience for my brother and I, one for which we had…

Ministry in an Age of Incivility

One insight from participants in our Pastoral Excellence Program is that ministry is hard and getting harder. One particularly troublesome challenge clergy tell us they face is an increase in incivility, not only in the culture,…

The Gift of Years: Living and Working as an Older Adult

May is Older Americans Month. I am an older adult, 67 to be exact, and I am pleased with where I am in life. My body needs a bit more time and attention than I used to give it. As…

How to Avoid Choice Overload

A friend called asking for help. She was stuck trying to make a decision. After months of discussion she and her family finally convinced her mother of the need to move her into an assisted living facility. That’s never an…

Let’s Talk About Butterflies

When I (Travis) was growing up, and we had discussed an unpleasant subject for too long, my mother would redirect the conversation by saying, “Let’s talk about butterflies.”  I don’t know about you, but I have consumed plenty of information…

Try Centering Prayer: Change. Anxiety. Fear… Freedom. Healing. Wholeness

I invite you to pause, just for a moment, pause.

Slowly, inhale a deep, full breath. Slowly, let it out.

Try it again. Close your eyes if you’d like. Slowly take a deep breath in, breathing in the love and…

Leadership in Ministry Faculty Coaches Marcuson and Josund Share Insights About Clergy Responses to COVID-19 Part 2

When the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders caused our spring Leadership in Ministry (LIM) sessions to close, our seventeen faculty members quickly strategized. The spring coaching groups are meeting virtually. We asked faculty coaches from the Portland workshop, Margaret Marcuson (MM) and…

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