Tag Archives: community

The power of one

Have you been saved? I remember the last time someone asked me that question. It was during my undergraduate years when I was working at a funeral home – an oddly appropriate place to ask the question, don’t you think – and someone whom I vaguely knew came up to me and asked with all […]

Life in a kindergarten world

Years ago Robert Fulghum wrote a book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Now a study of culture in some of the world’s most successful organizations has discovered the same thing. In his book The Culture Code, New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle goes inside organizations like Pixar, the San Antonio […]

Human family

Can we all get along?” That was Rodney King’s question during the 1991 riots in Los Angeles, and it’s a good one today. The acquittal of four L.A. police officers of charges related to their beating of King as he lay helpless on the ground – a beating captured on video and widely broadcast – […]

The voice of authority

In the battle against fake news, Andreas Vlachos – a computer scientist living in England – is on the front lines. “I’m trying to channel my research,” he said, “into something that is useful for everyone who’s reading the news.”1 Combating fake news, finding a voice of authority we can depend on, is also useful […]

This broken wholeness

Everything depends on how we build our life together. Everything. When St. Paul wrote “that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you” (1 Cor. 3:16), he wasn’t writing about you or me. The “you” he uses is plural: You all together are God’s temple, and God’s Spirit dwells in the community […]

It runs in the family

“What happens to a dream deferred?” the poet Langston Hughes wondered. What happens when the life you’ve dreamed about gets put on hold or snatched away or interrupted by circumstance, and you realize it may be forever beyond your reach? “Does it dry up,” Hughes wondered, “like a raisin in the sun? / Or fester […]

The missing piece

Minutes after terrorists slammed two airliners into the World Trade Center, streams of people crowded the emergency stairwells, heading in opposite directions. Thousands of terrified employees scrambled downward, toward exit doors and survival, while hundreds of New York City firefighters, laden with lifesaving gear, struggled upward, in a choice that would forever define their lives. […]

Community

I didn’t expect four words, that at first caused me so much trouble, to become central to my faith. St. Cyprian of Carthage is thought to have been the first to use them, in the third century. They’ve been affirmed by great leaders and councils of the church throughout history. But when Pope Francis used […]

Food that endures

Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life. (John 6:27) Tired and hungry after spending so much energy that Sunday morning, I wanted nothing more than some quiet solitude to replenish my soul and a good lunch to nourish my body. I got those things and […]

Vessel of grace

1992 was a bad year for Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. The Prince of Wales separated from Diana, whose de facto autobiography, published that same year, depicted her as a betrayed, self-mutilating bulimic. Sarah, the recently estranged wife of her other son, the Duke of York, appeared in the tabloids topless, having her toes nibbled by […]