Northwest Leadership Institute 2019: Liberation, Resistance + Dreaming of a New Church

I totally geek out at conferences. I'm a life long learner and love immersing myself in new stories, concepts and images. I got to take some friends from our team to Northwest Leadership Institute in Boise, Idaho recently. Thought I'd share some highlights for any of you who love leadership, the church and how we …

Hidden in Plain Sight: Why Paying Attention Makes All The Difference

My best parenting moment of many days are that moment after dinner when there's 60 minutes until I've reached the finish line as a parent. It's the moment you realize you're almost there. The sweet bliss is about to arrive where these kids you love with every ounce of your being will go to bed. Well, they'll …

Naming Life in the Midst of Conflict: These Are the Real Rock Stars

Today, I need to name and celebrate the twelve faith communities who taught me all kinds of beautiful ways to love people and practice the way of Jesus. Hume UMC in Lima, OhioTrinity UMC in Lima, OhioSoldotna UMC in Soldotna, AlaskaSt. John UMC in Anchorage, AlaskaFlorida Southern College in Lakeland, FloridaGeorgianna UMC in Merritt Island, …

What to do when something new is being birthed through you

About a year ago, my faith community said yes to a thirty year vision of allowing new expressions of church to be birthed through them. There were a few months of development, prayer, dreaming, talking and listening with leaders before we tested it with everyone else. When big things were shifting, I kept some notes …

Snow Day Anxiety: Learning How to Listen to Our Fear

So it’s been a week of snow in the Pacific Northwest. I know myself well enough to know that a few years ago, this amount of schedule changing, routine altering, unknown factors, kid managing, working from home would have left me a twisted-up anxious mess. While everyone else was outside sledding, throwing snowballs, giggling with …