Caregiving as a Spiritual Practice

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Blog | 4 comments

Post first published at I am keeping vigil with a dying person. In the parlance of our society, I am a caregiver. I am discovering that being caregiver to an elderly loved-one, who is receiving services in a hospice program, is not a terminal activity. I come to see caregiving as an enduring spiritual practice. Care giving is a role that receives little recognition in our...

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“This is our Home.” A Meeting Place on Climate Change and Sustainability.

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Blog | 3 comments

  “What might Rumi say about sustainability and climate change? I lay restlessly awake last night thinking about climate change and sustainability. I admit that I am sometimes frightened by the fractious conversation. The stakes are high. What is the future of the world my children will inhabit? My children’s children? It is a question hard to even ask. “We can still do something.” On his visit to the United States,...

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Come, Dine with Me!

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

The table is set. Come, dine with me! Setting the table for dinner guests is a most invitational, inspirational, and intimate act. Setting the table for evening dinner is one of the highlights of my daily routine. It is time for me to set aside reading, writing, and the daily tasks of care giving. Setting the table invites relational presence. Setting the table anticipates intentional human connection. Food and drink are essential to life. When...

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In the Company of Friends

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in Blog | 5 comments

Sometimes, in the business of our lives, windows open as fresh-breeze opportunities to return to our center. The invitation to be a speaker at the Earlham School of Religion 6th Annual Quaker Leadership Conference is such a window for me. Nestled in an upper room of the Lauramoore Guest House and Retreat Center, I reflect on the gift of this time of deepening and centering. My life has been overwhelmed with the logistics of moving my...

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Decision Making from the Attic

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Imagine your organization as a home.  Does your organizational decision making happen on the main floor of transactional life, in the basement of foundational fundamentals, or in the high place of the attic? My experience is that most organizational decision making is transacted on the busy main floor.  It is the highest trafficked place in the organization.  It is the mainstream business world where there is a sense of order and busy-ness...

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