Journaling Your Sacred Story

Journaling Your Sacred Story

Humans love stories

“I love to tell the story” — so goes the classic hymn.

Telling a story is very much a part of what it means to be human.

When we see a friend or someone we love for…

What “They” Said

“They” told me all sorts of things when I graduated from seminary.

 

“You’ll be great for some Korean church somewhere,” said a small Southern church pastor after I preached to his all-white congregation.

“Come back and help out our…

Leadership in Ministry Feature: Lance King

Bowen Family Systems Theory offers a way of thinking that affects every aspect of leadership in ministry.

Workshops are taught by BFST experts and help participants confidently lead their congregations and organizations. Participants gain insight from learning with others while…

The Awe of Pilgrimage!

Awe! It’s all about awe!

 

I am keeping locked deep within me the serene sense of my time and experience during my pilgrimage to Ghost Ranch, in Abiquiu, New Mexico – the final requirement for the Certificate in Spiritual…

9 Types: Insights About the Enneagram

My Number is Six

As a six, I am constantly scanning the room.

I like to claim a position in the corner where I can see everything and where I don’t have my back to someone who might approach.

I…

Leadership in Ministry Feature: Julie Josund

Bowen Family Systems Theory offers a way of thinking that affects every aspect of leadership in ministry.

Workshops are taught by BFST experts and help participants confidently lead their congregations and organizations. Participants gain insight from learning with others while sharing their…

Enneagram: Application to Professional Life

Many Gifts

There are many gifts and all are needed for the Body of Christ to function.

As a minister, I’ve learned and taught this concept many times and then relearned it and taught it again.

In his letter to…

Listening for God: The Practice of Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is becoming more widely known and practiced. This post will reflect on themes and quotes on spiritual direction to further understanding about this practice and ministry.

 

Therese Taylor-Stinson (in Embodied Spirits: Stories of Spiritual Directors of Color)…

Leadership in Ministry Feature: Carla Toenniessen

This post is part of a feature series on Leadership in Ministry faculty.

 

Bowen Family Systems Theory offers a way of thinking that affects every aspect of leadership in ministry.

 

Workshops are taught by BFST experts and help…

Blooming in the Desert: The Ghost Ranch Pilgrimage Experience

Kathleen Norris writes beautifully about life on the Great Plains in her book, Dakota.

I tucked that book in my carry-on bag as I set out on pilgrimage with a group of companions from Columbia and Pittsburgh Seminaries.

The 2016…

Leadership in Ministry Feature: Bill (William) Pyle

This post is part of a feature series on Leadership in Ministry faculty.

 

Bowen Family Systems Theory offers a way of thinking that affects every aspect of leadership in ministry.

Workshops are taught by BFST experts and help participants confidently lead their congregations…

The Ten Commandments: A New Look at an Old View

How many times in life do we take the opportunity to think differently about a topic we think we know enough about (thank you very much!) or about which we have a well-established (and correct) opinion (again, thank you very…

Why Aren’t Things Changing?

Homeless shelters closing.

Sex-trafficking rises.

Rich-poor gap increases.

Racism is tolerated.

Natural disasters leave a trail of grief.

Senseless killings compound.

Puerto Rico without power.

Kenneka Jenkins found in a freezer.

North Korea testing missiles.

Injustice from political leadership.

The…

Women in Ministry: Sustaining Clergywomen Online and in Person Part 2

This blog is a 2-part series discussing women in ministry in honor of Women’s History Month. To read part one of the article, click here.

Together but Apart

I entered ministry determined to seek support from…

Women in Ministry: Clergywomen Need Community Part 1

This blog is a 2-part series discussing women in ministry in honor of Women’s History Month.

 

No Man (Woman) is an Island

Ministry is one of those jobs that can be hard for other people to understand, and given…

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