No other show captured the need for belonging better than the 80’s sitcom Cheers with its theme song that reminded us all of our desire for place and belonging as it proclaimed, “You wanna be where everybody knows you name.” Yes a sitcom about a group of otherwise social rejects in a dingy bar in … More Norm Peterson and Why We Need to Belong
I’m sure those of us of a certain vintage can remember the famed American Express slogan “Membership has its privileges.” If you can’t here is a video reminder. Membership is a word, a concept that carried a lot of weight in the modern world. American Express ad execs knew what they were tapping into when … More Membership Had its Privileges
future? I see a room With no walls, no doors Only open. I see a table With lots of room and places For everyone. I see people With hands up and out Love in both directions. I hear voices Speaking truth and reconciliation Voices in unison. I smell incense Like prayers … More Beyond Status Quo: future?
And so we come to the last of my thoughts on expanding our vision of the church. Truth be told this last point really sums up much of my thinking on the church in the 21st Century. Relationship and relationship building is foundational to a growing church. In fact all I’ve said in my recent … More Beyond Status Quo: Relationships
In our ongoing discussion about a future vision for the church I would like to tell you a story. It is a story from the well known Jesuit writer Anthony de Mello. De Mello had a gift for putting deep spiritual truths into easily accessible parables. One of his stories is very appropriate for my … More Beyond Status Quo: Mission
In our ongoing discussion about visioning for the church I’d like to talk about spirituality. Again spirituality is another one of those buzzwords in the church, but also outside the church as well. And I’m sure we’ve all engaged or at least overheard the debate: I’m spiritual but I’m not religious. Spirituality vs Religion. As … More Beyond Status Quo: Spirituality
So we started talking about how we in the church need to get beyond status quo, beyond business as usual. There is pretty much consensus across the board that the way we are doing things are just not working. But I am hopeful that there is a way forward. I don’t have all the answers … More Beyond Status Quo: Community
I had a brief conversation with someone the other day that I can’t stop thinking about. It has been bouncing around in my head and will not go away. I’m still trying to unpack it and figure out why I can’t shake it. It was at our parish’s annual Jiggs Dinner (for those of you … More Beyond Status Quo