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Did you miss the service? Or just want to hear more ?

Did you miss the service? Or just want to hear more ? It’s all right here! Good News: Hope in the Midst of the 24 Hour Cycle – “Going to the ‘Other Side’” – Rev. Rich Gantenbein, February 19, 2017[Audio … Continue reading

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During our “Healing Group” meeting

  During our “Healing Group” meeting that uses the twelve steps to address what ails us, not just substance abuse, we read about the spiritual companions who are our “balcony people.” While we’re trying to live our lives on the … Continue reading

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Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” is a Classic

Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” is a classic. His strategy was to steal everything related to Christmas so the people of Whoville would awaken to find all their hopes for Christmas dashed. But, alas, as the story tells … Continue reading

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Why do I jump from my job description and keep trying to do God’s job?

Why do I jump from my job description and keep trying to do God’s job?  I’ve been given the clear assignment to love, not judge my “neighbor,” and that the judging part, if there is any judging to be done … Continue reading

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Last night the church fire alarm went off just before 10pm

  Last night the church fire alarm went off just before 10pm. I jumped in my car and roared up to church, remembering a similar drive the night of March 19, 1989 when the fire destroyed the old carriage house … Continue reading

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I anticipate three very difficult meetings today dealing with three very different situations.

  I anticipate three very difficult meetings today dealing with three very different situations. The first has to do with figuring out how a couple of teams can work together instead of one team trying to do the other team’s … Continue reading

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“When we deny our stories, they define us; when we own our stories, we get to write the ending.” Brené Brown

“When we deny our stories, they define us; when we own our stories, we get to write the ending.” Brené Brown You’re invited to a deeply power a spiritual process of owning your story and revolutionizing your life with a … Continue reading

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Pusillanimity = puny spirit

  Pusillanimity = puny spirit. May we live our lives with courage this day no matter what our challenges. May we do the “good” we’re capable of doing. Rich

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Choosing hope over despair has always been a crucial choice

  Choosing hope over despair has always been a crucial choice for me.  But as I rise this morning to a new day, it feels like it is an even more important choice given the tenor of the news that’s … Continue reading

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Bill Shea told this joke…

Bill Shea told this joke to describe what it felt like for him and his wife Mary when news of their son Tim’s death reached them: Someone had stolen their tent. Their life as it had been ended. Yes, this … Continue reading

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Pain is a great teacher if we are willing to be taught

Pain is a great teacher if we are willing to be taught. I believe part of the reason Jesus ended up seeking out those who were sinners, is they were the ones most likely to be in pain and know … Continue reading

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Back from Courage Camp with Daring Way Community

Back from Courage Camp with the Daring Way community. Looking forward to leading the Rising Strong workshop June 10-11 at Hanna. We’ll start at 6pm Friday, and Saturday go from 8:30 until about 3pm. Daring Way got us into the … Continue reading

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Words From St. Francis

There is so much anger and hatred being expressed in so many ways in our world. I can’t change anyone else, but I can pray to be part of the God’s solution today, starting with these words from St. Francis: … Continue reading

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And yesterday was a wonderful day of connections..

And yesterday was a wonderful day of connections. My attitude and approach to the day can’t change everything, but it changes me. Difficult and tragic stuff is going to happen. Life is difficult. But more often than not I am … Continue reading

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Slow to start today..

Slow to start today, so doubling down on gratitude list. I know the key to joy and connection is knowing I’m “enough.” I’m forgiven, blessed, and will have opportunities today to practice generosity. I don’t want to miss those chances … Continue reading

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