A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Narrative

If you listen closely to the world today, the narratives that are the loudest leave one with a sense of weight, perhaps even despair. Fake news, propaganda, the party-line, orthodoxy may be dominant and they remind us that we are story-tellers. In our interconnected, digitised, wired world, we are, in fact, awash in narratives. Stories Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Giving Up Expectations

I marvel about the story of Abram and Sarai … I always have. I would like to say that they must have resisted this new development into which God was calling them. Yet, there are enough examples in the Sacred Stories of the Jewish and Christian traditions that clearly illustrate people who resist when God Read more…

Renewal: Update (180214)

Affirming Ministry

We have new updates for the following Renewal initiatives: Affirming Ministry; and Appreciative Inquiry.

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Awareness

“Listen!” and “See!” were central instructions that Jesus, in his ministry, left to his disciples and those of us who have followed. “Discipleship,” in secular language, can be paralleled with “leadership.” For those called to leadership, whether willingly embraced or begrudgingly accepted, listening and seeing are extremely important, if not key, components that determine thriving Read more…

Renewal: Update (180208)

We have new updates for the following Renewal initiative: Appreciative Inquiry.

Renewal: Update (171130)

We have new updates for the following Renewal initiatives: Affirming Ministry; and Appreciative Inquiry.

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Free Choice

Working on this eighth addition to the Appreciative Principles series was filled with distractions. They arose because of my hope to find what I call a “third thing.” Usually that includes a video, whether musical or something akin to a TEDTalks, in order to invite another voice into the conversation. This feels important, in order Read more…

Renewal: Update (171117)

Affirming Ministry

We have new updates for the following Renewal initiative: Affirming Ministry; Appreciative Inquiry; and, Reconciliation.

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…

Renewal: Update (171017)

Reconciliation

We have new updates for the following Renewal initiative: Appreciative Inquiry; and, Reconciliation.

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