Prophecy and Preaching Today

Prophecy and Preaching Today

I’ve recently become a fan of Frank Herbert’s fantasy classic Dune.

In both the novel and the recently released film starring Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson, prophesy features prominently.

Herbert introduces us to a mystical order called the Bene Gesserits,…

Reactivity…these 10 things make it worse

All leaders will deal with reactivity at one point or another.

It can be caused by a proposed change from the leader, it may be the result of direct and necessary action taken by the leader, or, it can come…

The Hardest Lesson I’m Grateful I Learned

When she turned and dramatically pointed her finger at me, I felt the room began to spin.

“Tell us, right now, pastor!” she demanded.

“Tell us what you actually believe.”

Even my ordination examination on the floor of Presbytery had…

Leaders, Not Principals

In the media, examples of school principals abound from (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ) highly suspicious Ed Rooney, to the distant yet caring Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series.

As someone who worked in public education for eight years…

What is discernment?

Discernment. The word can sound abstract, hinting at something unknown and mysterious.

I often hear people say things like, “I’m in a season of discernment” or “I’m discerning my next step, or the way forward in a situation or relationship.”

All of these are true about anxious systems

All systems experience episodes of acute anxiety but systems manifest it differently.

Relatively stable, resilient and high-functioning systems seem able to respond to episodes of acute anxiety.

In contrast chronically anxious systems which lack resilience will tend to be reactive…

Do you have these 4 leadership goals?

Leaders approach their work in many ways.

They use various frames of references to inform how they go about their work.

Some, for instance, focus on the concept of “leadership style.”

Others lean toward the leader-as-manager approach while others take…

Something I learned from a child

My first congregation was called a “mission start up,” which means when I arrived there were 13 people.

I was 29 and pretty much knew nothing about starting a congregation, but I was committed to people, and I seemed to…

What Loneliness and Social Isolation May Mean for Your Health

The holidays often make us more aware of those most vulnerable.

No doubt a contributor to vulnerable communities, social isolation is associated with about a 50% increased risk of dementia and other serious medical conditions.

Loneliness and social isolation…

A Stockpile of Leadership Resources

Functioning at a high level of self-differentiation is the golden fleece sought by organizational and congregational leaders who are students of Bowen Systems Theory.

Especially during times of acute anxiety and systemic reactivity, effective leaders will work on focusing on…

Leave It to Leaves

This past spring, my husband and I moved to Pennsylvania after having lived in the South for the past eleven years.

One of the changes I found myself recently needing to take advantage of was a forecasted warmer fall day…

Why I Joined the Spiritual Direction Program

Have you considered becoming a spiritual director in the new year?

The Center for Lifelong Learning’s (CLL) certificate program is comprised of four week-long residencies on the CTS campus, and an 18-month supervised practice in the art of spiritual direction….

7 Things to Know About Change

Bringing about organizational change isn’t rocket science, but it’s not easy either.

Those who step into a leadership position that requires engaging in institutional and organizational development in effect and by default will need to bring about changes on several…

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…