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: 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…

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Anticipatory

As I have recently explored, in respect to Expansive Christianity, Jesus’ ministry was informed by the prophetic tradition of the First Testament. There are many examples in which his ministry can be explored through this Testament, which can serve to illustrate the Anticipatory Principle. In fact, biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann’s work – such as The Read more…

Renewal: Update (170530)


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

Renewal: Update (170523)

Social Media

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

A Deacon’s Musing|An Intimate Conversation

What an exciting opportunity for me to share with you a recent gift of an intimate conversation with Robyn Stratton-Berkessel, also known as the Positivity Strategist with whom I share a philosophical passion: Appreciative Inquiry! Please join us as we discuss a range of topics that spans from social change to postmodern Christianity! Pull up Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Simultaneity

This ten-part A Deacon’s Musing series will explore the intersection between the change philosophy known as Appreciative Inquiry and a Christian theological orientation grounded in diversity. I am most grateful to be co-shaping this conversation with my mentor and friend Maureen McKenna. We sincerely hope that the definitions, metaphors, theological reflections, images and videos help Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Constructionist

Words have power. No matter what we might recall from the diminishing phrase – “sticks and stone will break my bones, but words will never hurt me” – words limit or liberate. Without attention to the intention of the way we string together our sentences and questions there are and will be consequences.

Renewal: Update (170426)

Intercultural Ministries

We have new updates for the following Renewal initiatives: Appreciative Inquiry; Intercultural Ministry; and, Soclial Media.

A Deacon’s Musing: Leadership|Dreaming Appreciatively

It’s not unusual, as I have the gift to walk with congregations in various stages of self-reflection, for me to hear lament about feeling ill-prepared to engage in the Inside and Outside reality that confronts faith communities in these changing times. This concern, that ranges from apathy to frustration, is not limited to any particular Read more…

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