church, ministry, spiritual

On Orientation

orientation noun ori - en - ta - tion \ ȯr-ē-ən-ˈtā-shən : a person's feelings, interests, and beliefs : a main interest, quality, or goal : the process of giving people training and information about a new job, situation, etc. I have a very intelligent friend who has done research in medical anthropology, with a focus on… Continue reading On Orientation

community, cultural issues, mental health & wellness, ministry, Scripture, spiritual, writing

Carry Each Other

In Anne Marie Miller's book Permission to Speak Freely, Miller describes a meeting with Jamie Tworkowski, founder of the mental health non-profit To Write Love On Her Arms. Over coffee, Tworkowski says something like this: "So there's this song U2 does called 'One,' and there's a line in it that says, 'We get to carry… Continue reading Carry Each Other

community, spiritual

What Community Is NOT

Since I've written about -- and lauded -- Christian community before, I should be clear about something: Community is NOT a matter of doing as much as possible together. Quite the opposite. It's about being independent together.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes in his marvelous little book Life Together: "Along with the day of the Christian family fellowship… Continue reading What Community Is NOT

community, Scripture, spiritual

Acts 2 in the Everyday

Some have called it a Christian version of "The Real World." A re-enactment of "Friends" (there are 6 of us, after all). A commune. A crazy, demanding, overwhelming concept. I call it home. Crazy: yes. Demanding often. Overwhelming occasionally. And good always (whether it feels good or not). When you live in intentional community for a… Continue reading Acts 2 in the Everyday

church, community, emerging adulthood, ministry, personal, Scripture, spiritual, work & vocation

The Beecherl-Corrigan Fellows Program: A Year of Community & Calling

In one week, I'll be embarking on a 9-month journey of aiming to live out the very 2 topics I've addressed lately on the blog: community and calling. Specifically, in one week, I'll be starting a program called the Beecherl-Corrigan Fellows Program, based out of Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, TX. The Beecherl-Corrigan Fellows… Continue reading The Beecherl-Corrigan Fellows Program: A Year of Community & Calling