Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Art of Belonging (Common Friars)

In the hills of southern Ohio, there is a community of believers living in a way both ancient and fresh. Although they call themselves the Common Friars, their way of life is anything but ordinary or popular. It does, however, … Continue reading

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Amish Getaway

A curious sound harmonizes with the silence of a cool, rainy evening in Nappanee, Indiana. Although no eyes confirm it, the distinctive patter of horse hooves at work peppers the growing darkness. An Amish buggy is passing outside. The sound … Continue reading

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South Side Green: Mindful Practice at Trinity UCC

While in Chicago this past week, I had the pleasure of visiting Trinity UCC. Despite several decades of ardent work in social justice and community building on the South Side, Trinity is perhaps best known today as the home of … Continue reading

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Resurrection through Innovation

While cycling through Illinois, I had the pleasure of following a series of beautiful trails that skirt bodies of water. The most well known of these is probably Chicago‚Äôs Lakefront Trail, which connects a great deal of the city while … Continue reading

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Green Seeds of Wheaton

  Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Wheaton College. Wheaton is a private Christian college that has been a cornerstone in the American evangelical community since it was established in 1860. Because of this role, I was uniquely … Continue reading

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Autumnal Now

In the long stillness between passing cars, the crisp rustle of drying corn whispers across the rolling countryside of central Iowa. A change in light brings the harvest, and nurtured concern turns to diligent action. On the fringes, trees start … Continue reading

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