Category Archives: Personal Updates

New Chapter? New Book?

We often speak of our life as a book, where the more intensive transitions in time mark the shift from one chapter to the next. These intensive transitions are usually the result of:

* a change in relationship status
* a change in the family configuration (birth or death)
* a change in employment
* a change in residence (especially, a change in town/state)

I have journeyed through each of these transitions in the past 12 months. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 3, 2015 in Personal Updates


Military Friendly: Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

The congregation that I am serving as intern pastor, celebrated and honored those who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces on Veterans Day. The worship service included the Battle Hymn of the Republic, a sermon about service and sacrifice, and a photograph slide show of our veterans. Additionally, the narthex (lobby) was adored with pictures of veterans that are connected to our community.

Obviously, the honoring of veterans and their families is evidence that the congregation is not military unfriendly. Yet, the Olympia (Washington) area has the reputation of being military unfriendly, which might be rooted in the history, the political climate, miscommunication, and/or misperceptions. Therefore, this Olympia congregation must acknowledge the reputation and be dedicated to voicing themselves as a welcoming, military-friendly community for veterans and their families in the area.

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