Why FaceBook And Robert’s Rules of Order Make Holy Conferencing Impossible: An Alternative Approach

Yet One More FB Explosion For what seemed like the trillionth time, I watched another clergy Facebook conversation degenerate into frustration, name-calling, shut-off, and despair. The few political conversations I have participated on using the same medium have seen similar fates. Why? First, let’s look at Twitter.  With a 140 character limit, it became a…

Don’t Send Shoes

The number one thing is, “Don’t send your used shoes.” Compassionate people plus tough and tragic situations equals a desire to do something, anything, to relieve suffering. So we ask, “how can I help?” There’s plenty of suffering to go around. From mass near starvation of Syrian refugees to still-unmeasured destruction and death in the…

Taxes, Details, Money, and Peace

After about five hours of uninterrupted work on my computer, I finally had to say, “Time to quit.”  Would that I had been writing an article, or composing a message, or catching up on correspondence or something else wonderfully creative!  But this task was far more mundane:  going over my 2012 financial records in preparation…

Smelly Women and a Hand Up

A late evening call to the church: “I’m in a motel with my little girl and I can’t pay the bill tonight and I can’t go home because I’m running away from my husband.  Can you give me the money to spend another night here?” A friend accompanied me to the motel where we could…

Above All, Do No Harm

The idea of “doing no harm” underlies many important service traditions.  The Hippocratic Oath, often taken by students upon graduating from medical school, reads in part:  “I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.” The General Rules of The United…

Calories Don’t Count When Eaten For Charity!

Newsflash! Crank the presses for these two vital pieces of information: One:  calories consumed for charity do not count!  And this is especially true for calories obtained from chocolate based treats, when, of course, being consumed for charity. Two:  If you eat a lot of chocolate you are more likely to win a Nobel Prize. …