Three Person Partnership

In my college dorm, there were three types of rooms: singles, doubles where you shared with a roommate, and quads, where four people shared two bedrooms with a common room between. Because the campus had some historic old buildings, there were also odd sized rooms in which they housed three students at a time. These ‘triples’ as they were called, were great from an architectural standpoint- refurbished old Victorian mansions had a lot of character and beauty— but from an interpersonal standpoint, they were not very successful. In fact, the staff knew that of all the living arrangements on campus, the triples were the most unstable. Within months of arriving on campus, even the best of friend

Orphan, no more

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child, a long way from home I prepared this song for a recital I did some years ago, and I sang it for a friend as a dress rehearsal. It was my friend Maris, who lived two doors down and was raising adopted twins from Russia. The twins had spent the first two years of their lives living in the ‘baby home’ in Russia and when they first arrived with Maris and her husband, needed a lot of cuddling and reassurance. At the time I was preparing for my recital, the boys had been in the US almost two years and they were by all measures happy and healthy four year olds. As I sang the song, however, I couldn’t stop thinking about the years the twins spent in the baby

Singing Power: Paul, Silas and Camp Calumet

My son Joel went to resident camp at Calumet for the first time when he was 10. Joel is a sensitive young man—a dreamy boy—and prone to homesickness. It was the first time he had slept away from home for more than a night. He liked the activities, the wide games that had kids running all over camp, and devotions each day. There was a counselor known as Finn who checked in with him each day to see how he was doing. But the thing that Joel loved the most was the singing. The night he got home, he told me about it— “It’s so beautiful to hear all those kids singing!” And he was right. Every morning from the other side of camp, the family camp side where I stay, we can hear the singing. It comes

Old Model for 21st century ministry

A recent article in the fashion section of the NYT got me thinking. It was about innovative designers using traditional jewelry making methods from Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, and the American southwest to create new jewelry and scarves. The designers fashioned batik prints into scarves, wove bold patterns of tribal architecture into fabric, and used Navaho bead looms to create bracelets. The fashion critics were all aflutter. I was interested because it seems getting inspiration from old ideas happens a lot. People rework old ideas in business, art, education, even science to come up with better models, more effective practices, and greater beauty. The application of former experiences to new situ

Since some can not make it to church every Sunday, here's a glimpse into the sermons from recent worship services.  


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