A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Enactment

Sure, maybe it was slogan-like, though I admit I am not sure if my mother said it after the Nike campaign or if she coined it and they stole it! Regardless, there I was 16, not wanting to do the homework that was assigned. It was a long weekend and I just wanted to get Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Vignette|The Cat

I never liked your inside places. I think I was in one for less than seven of your days, after being removed from my pride. I liked the open spaces and freedom to be what I am. I liked mice chasing and bird watching. I liked deciding when I wanted to eat and when I Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing|Motive

How do we make sense of this last week? The violence caused by a “Lone Wolf” in Las Vegas and a “Terrorist” in Edmonton once again highlights the growing reality and sense of collective dis-ease. As I pen this musing, in both cases, law enforcement and the media are keenly focused on unearthing the motive, Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Wholeness

This unfolding series about how Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and a Christianity, which is expansive in nature, can be conversation partners has been exciting to explore. One of the things that AI brings to Christianity is the reminder that things are always unfolding. That such a reminder is necessary may surprise some. The reality is that Read more…

What About Us? What About Love?

It is amazing where and how these musings begin. In the Christian context, we might call this the direction of the Spirit. This week’s blog has two catalysts: Right to Die and Generational Tensions.

A Deacon’s Musing|The Story of Then

This tale of historical fiction arises out of a way to use art – literature – as the introduction to my PhD project with the Taos Institute and Tilburg University (Humanities). The use of story is intended to offer some context to a very old Christian debate, which occurred between two church leaders in the 4th century CE: Pelagius and Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: #MicroPoetry|June ’17 Verses

Patterns swirl recognised & unnoticed acknowledged & avoided In cadence & repetition potential’s symmetry awaits awakening’s alignment Inspired by patterns spied …

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Positive

Planting seeds – a practice that has an old literal and metaphorical pedigree. It is clear from a context that ranges from the planting of urban flowers and herbs, micro & community gardening to large scale agribusiness, the soil in which we plant, the time to nurture and curate often results in efficient terms like Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Poetry|Fear & Courage

Creator’s gift courses through us from stem to vein thought to action when life imperilled Be fear choice beckons fight or flight protect or retreat fear and wisdom dawning dancers Be

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Poetic

Where we look is what we will see. When we focus, we will see more clearly. What we want hope, desire and want influences the way we will see an opportunity. If we look for what is broken and inefficient, inadequate and flawed, then that is what we will find. If we look for what Read more…

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