Tag Archives: leadership

Beautiful, Diverse, Complicatedly Holy

A Reflection on General Synod 32 I stood at the back of the convention hall with a cup of coffee in hand. I watched people strolling in, chatting among themselves, then suddenly growing silent as they heard the music in … Continue reading

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Listening, Gathering and Paying Attention

Grace and peace, dear saints of the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences. I pray that whether it is so powerful that you reach for sunglasses or so faint that you squint to seek it — the glorious light and … Continue reading

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With Gratitude

Thanksgiving means so many things to so many people. For some, it may be cause for joyous celebrations around favorite foods at family tables. For others, especially LGBTQ persons, it may be a reminder of difficult relationships and estrangements from … Continue reading

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Do Receive the Offering!

Funding Future Leadership. No, it’s not just a sentence, it’s a brand new ministry of the Iowa Conference.   I’m writing these words while seated at a table in the quasi-library of Eden Theological Seminary. Later today and into tomorrow … Continue reading

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Leadership – oneself or inspire others?

Lots of us know the appeal of doing things by oneself.   Doing things oneself enables excellent quality control and allows for maximally efficient use of time expended.  No wonder doing things oneself is a preferred MO (modus operandi) of many … Continue reading

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Leadership in Iowa Conference

When your congregation faces an important and difficult challenge, to whom do you turn?  Probably your best, brightest and most faithfully committed members! The ministry of shaping our common work as a community of congregations – this thing we call … Continue reading

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Spinning Bikes in Church and other Creative Solutions

Squirming uncomfortably in the straight-backed chairs in the faux elegance of an expansive convention center meeting room at the United Church of Christ’s General Synod gathering last week, Rev. Phil Hart, a UCC interim conference minister currently serving in Ohio, … Continue reading

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We need leaders…we need hoers

In his April 4 ENews blog Conference Minister Pleva wrote an especially perceptive piece (I have to say that. He’s my boss after all. But it really was pretty good.) about the lack of effective leadership in many of our … Continue reading

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Leadership

It’s not a natural thing for UCCer’s to easily embrace “leadership” as a function to be prized in our common life.  After all, our forebears on the congregational side of the church came to this land primed with wariness and … Continue reading

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Our Common Life: Looking Toward the Horizon

Just yesterday, I slid behind the wheel and drove west from Cedar Rapids toward Des Moines at sunset. A few wispy clouds danced around the bright, shining, setting sun. I don’t have to tell most of you how beautiful this … Continue reading

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