Doing “With...

In our “Shift” training, one of the most difficult shifts is moving from doing “for” the community to doing “with” the community.  Rev. John Maher has joined me again as guest blogger as he wrestles with putting these shifts into practice in his own...

Burned Out? : Receiv...

Being the new kid at the Forge table, I was on my best behavior.  I was trying to fit into a new tribe where I did not know anyone and where I was not even sure I belonged.  I kept thinking someone was going to say, “Oh, I am sorry.  We thought you were someone else when we invited you to...

Shifting Past the Re...

Reverend John Maher received his Master of Divinity from General Theological Seminary in 1979 and his Doctorate of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1992.  He has more than 35 years ministry experience the majority serving as a Sr. Pastor.   John is currently the Vicar for St....

Leading With a Blind...

One of our core values at Embrace Richmond is “Sprit-led Adaptability.”  For us, it means learning to hold everything very loosely and following the Spirit wherever it may lead.  It often feels like leading with a blindfold on.  I spend countless hours on my porch praying, processing,...

What Do You See?

Over the past few weeks, I have been able to spend a lot of time at my favorite place on the planet – my cabin in the woods located in the middle of nowhere.  I have been there three times in the past month which is a record for me. On each of those three visits, I walked along the same...

Race, Violence, and ...

As I sat down to write my contribution on the topic of race and violence for this month’s Synchroblog, I stared at a blank screen for what felt like hours.  It is rare that I have nothing to say, especially on a topic of such significance.  This state of silence has been my posture...

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Practicing Freedom

“In our own contemporary context of the rat race of anxiety, the celebration of Sabbath is an act of both resistance and alternative.  It is resistance because it is a visible insistence that our lives are not defined by production and consumption of commodity goods.”  Walter...

Hospitality as Resis...

   “Although we often think of hospitality as a tame and pleasant practice, Christian hospitality has always had a subversive counter-cultural dimension. “Hospitality is resistance.” Hospitality that welcomes ‘the least’ and recognizes their equal value can be an act of resistance...

Insights From Kathy ...

I am a secret admirer of Kathy Escobar.  Well, it is not really a secret.  In 2011, I wrote three posts expressing my love of her book Down We Go.  (See original posts  here , here and here) In less than a month, I will be Dallas presenting at the Sentralized Conference.  As I...

Reclaiming a Gift Ec...

As I stood in the basement of All Souls Presbyterian church, I was overwhelmed by the generosity that was being poured out all around me.  The church had graciously donated this space to our ministry. As she scraped off the old paint and applied the new, my friend Angela was dreaming of how...