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“A gentle person treads lightly, listens carefully, looks tenderly and touches with reverence. A gentle person knows that true growth requires nurture, not force.” ~Henri Nouwen

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July, 2015

Cultivating a Boundless Heart.



This Sunday’s topic is service and cultivating a boundless heart.  Here are two thought-provoking quotes along those lines:
“There is a ripple effect in helping another.”   ~Kathleen A. Brehony in Ordinary Grace



“Service has a life of its own. A single act of kindness may have a long trajectory and touch those we will never meet or see. Something that we causally offer may move through a web of connection far beyond ourselves to have effects that we may have never imagined. And so each of us may have left far more behind us than we may ever know.”   ~Rachel Naomi Remen in My Grandfather’s Blessing



Have a beautiful week-end!




July, 2015

Developing Your Trust Fund.


One of my favorite topics (besides love, which is always number one!) is trust.



Henri Nouwen says trust is the basis of life and we can’t live without it. Erik Erikson, the great developmental psychologist, talks about trust vs mistrust as the very first life lesson we learn as infants.



But what if we learned not to trust? Can trust be learned later? Absolutely!



The important thing though is what we put our trust in… Nouwen goes on to describe us humans as being like flying trapeze artists and God as “the Great Catcher.”



When I am able to live in trust, life is transformed from being a series of things that are endured into becoming a great adventure! Please join me on Sunday and let’s talk about Developing a Trust Fund.”





July, 2015

Liberation of the Heart.


Already the 4th of July is upon us!  How is that possible?!



Reflecting on a talk topic for Sunday, so many thoughts and feelings come to mind… Freedom.  Independence.  Interdependence. Big concepts, big ideals.



What are our bottom line values?  How do we exist together in some kind of harmony when we see things so differently? How can we stand with our Black sisters and brothers and proclaim that we are one, as they continue to bear the brunt of our societal violence?



Greg Krech wrote a blog on the Spirituality and Practice site, inviting us to celebrate Interdependence Day, saying, “When you reflect on your personal freedom, you can’t help but see the interdependence of life. We depend on people. Lots of people.”



We’ll see where these thoughts lead by Sunday morning! May we all be blessed with the liberating power of pure Love.