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May You be Cloaked with Grace: Debra Weir Reflects on her time as Spirituality Director

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May You be Cloaked with Grace: Debra Weir Reflects on her time as Spirituality Director

Debra Weir, Associate Director for Spirituality of the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL), announced her retirement at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year.

 

Debra joined the staff of the CLL in 2014 and has provided excellent direction to...

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From The Ground Up: Digging Deeper Into Our Body-Garden Connection

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From The Ground Up: Digging Deeper Into Our Body-Garden Connection

Over the last several years, there has been a significant increase in the number of articles that discuss the health benefits that people can gain through gardening – opportunities for movement and relationship development, improved mental and spiritual wellbeing, chances...

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7 Principles for Better Teaching

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7 Principles for Better Teaching

“(There is a) remarkable asymmetry between the ways our mind treats information that is currently available and information we do not have. An essential design feature of the associative machine is that it represents only activated ideas. Information that is...

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Always Bring Pencils

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Always Bring Pencils

As part of the Future Church Initiatives for Foothills Presbytery, I work with congregational teams.

As a coach, I walk alongside these groups through a process of discernment by listening with a deep sense of curiosity, asking powerful...

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Eight strategies during a crisis

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Eight strategies during a crisis

“In the early stages of a conflict, it is almost impossible to overinform.

As much information as possible is needed.

Providing information tends to minimize the need for people to create information for themselves through gossip and embellishments of what...

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How to Minister to a Friend in Crisis

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How to Minister to a Friend in Crisis

As I reflected on the topic, “how to minister to a friend in crisis,” I looked back on thirty-five years of ministry (especially the twenty-one years I spent in the Air Force as a Chaplain) and reflected on the lessons...

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Praying with Teresa of Avila

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Praying with Teresa of Avila

In my home, as in so many others, Wordle has taken hold. Each day we wonder what today’s 5-letter surprise will be.

As I sit down to write this reflection, still constantly counting to 5, I see a word for...

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Leadership 101

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Leadership 101

Here’s what we know: no organization, be it a corporation, firm, or congregation, will thrive or live fully into its purpose with the absence of effective leaders.

Leadership is the singular irreplaceable element in the formula for success, effectiveness, and...

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Guthrie Scholars: Holy Friendships

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Guthrie Scholars: Holy Friendships

“Under what conditions are you most productive?”

Her question surprised me.

As a wife, mother, writer, coach, pastor’s wife, grants director and who knows how many other titles I carry, I have learned to be productive in a variety of...

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