Tag Archives: community

Tell Your Story of Being “Better Together”

Think of a time when you got a warm welcome — maybe especially from someone you didn’t expect to extend it, or at a time when you didn’t think you “deserved” it. Or maybe you’ve got a story of gritting … Continue reading

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Do you have a covenant?

Pastors who have joined the Iowa conference since last September gathered to build community, and to learn and share resources for equipping and building up congregations in our midst. One of the topics that came up was about community covenants.  … Continue reading

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Community of real people

I once worked on a staff where nobody wanted to be evaluated. The angst over this possibility was so thick it was palpable.  I was intrigued by this.  It wasn’t obvious to me that any of these people weren’t doing … Continue reading

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Weaving project into community

In late July a group from Decorah UCC sat around a coffee table asking what could be done to raise awareness about bullying in the community and, in particular, what could be done to educate people on addressing and preventing … Continue reading

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REAL

Every few months or so I hear from a colleague, or read in an article, or am challenged by a friend that virtual/digital community isn’t REAL community. You know, Facebook friends aren’t REAL friends. Twitter conversations aren’t REAL dialogs. Instagram … Continue reading

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I can’t wait!

I can’t wait to SEE you! To SHAKE YOUR HAND, maybe even share a HUG! You’re going to be there, right?? THIS SATURDAY! At the Conference Annual Meeting!!   Church meetings are not on the top of everyone’s list of … Continue reading

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Blessed be the tie that binds…

Blessed be the tie that binds…our hearts in Christian love….  It’s a hymn that many of us can sing by heart (at least the first verse), and often – when a congregation sings it together – there are more than … Continue reading

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A Lenten Adjustment

“Nicole, that’s special,” my yoga workshop instructor said sporting a wry smile,  then stepped over me and my purple yoga mat. I wondered if special was good or bad. Turns out it was neither. My tight neck muscles were pulling … Continue reading

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Our Common Life…

There are lots of things I know how to do.  There are even more things about which I have no clue.  I can drive a car, preach a sermon (sort of….), wire an electrical outlet, make homemade ice cream, and … Continue reading

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