Who hasn’t suffered from poor teaching?

Who hasn’t suffered from poor teaching?

Polemics against bad teaching and poor education are a staple in social science, philosophy, and education literature.

I suspect for two reasons: first, they are effective in getting readers riled up, and, second, I suspect it’s just too easy to…

Heart Glows

I am becoming simple, and content.

It’s quite lovely, and a bit odd for a high energy, always on the go mom, pastor and person.

I (we) learned about mindfulness from my spouse’s counselor:

Pay Attention

On Purpose

In the…

Leaders Take Responsibility

In the 1960 speech entitled Leadership, Howard Thurman states that leaders must:


               Be a seeker of the truth.

Must seek the truth about himself.

Be willing to take responsibility for his own actions.

Be willing to take…

Resources for personal leadership

Purists of Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) tend to eschew notions or frameworks of individualistic perspectives to therapy or interpreting families or organizations (like “personality type” or “traits” schemas).

They prefer a consistent “systems” approach that focuses on the structural…

Spiritual Resources for Activism

Criticism of “thoughts and prayers” often appear on protest signs, charging that “thoughts and prayers” don’t change anything.

Of course, there is some truth to that.

If we think and pray but take no action, what have we done?


Inclusion: Delight in One Lizard and One Leaf, and Dance

People are the same; we have the same needs, interests, and goals in life.”

“If only other cultures were more like ours, the world would be a better place.”

“Many times I have noticed cultural differences in how direct or…

Your congregation is an organization too

Congregations are, in their essence, authentic communities of faith—despite the fact that they are also organizations.

That’s an insight worth keeping in mind for every congregational leader.

Too often, the tendency for is to address congregational issues from an administrative…

Be Kind to Yourself

We’re used to hearing the importance of being kind to others.

We know all about the Golden Rule, treating someone the way you want to be treated.

I often wonder if we approach our own failures and short comings with…

Why it’s hard to understand your teenager

Experience has its advantage: perspective.

Being on this side of having reared children who are now grown (and gainfully-employed responsible citizens) I’m often amused at the things parents get anxious about.

Many of the things parents get upset about related…

Tough Leaders Have These in Common

There’s no doubt about it, providing effective leadership in any context is a tough job; and, it requires tough leaders.

Toughness, however, is often misunderstood.

At the end of the day, toughness itself does not automatically result in effective leadership.