THE GIFT OF PRESENCE IN COMMUNITY

In the United States we live in a culture that upholds the values of work, productivity, and progress.  These values aren't negative.  Amazing achievements have resulted from these efforts. But when we apply these values to our relationships, sometimes the simple beauty and the unique gift of presence can be missed. The value of engaging … Continue reading THE GIFT OF PRESENCE IN COMMUNITY

PERMISSION TO TAKE A BREAK FROM COMMUNITY

"How do you manage your prayer life?"  I asked my senior pastor.  "How do you invest in so many people's lives and, then find time to pray for the growing list of needs that you become aware of?" His wise reply spoke to another need.  One that I didn't realize I had. He responded that … Continue reading PERMISSION TO TAKE A BREAK FROM COMMUNITY

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT COMMUNITY FROM A COMMUNITY CALLED TAIZE

The French sky was a brilliant blue and the humid air was stifling as we sat down to form a circle on a large patch of dry grass in the center of a dusty campground.  We looked at one another, wondering who would speak first, and in what language.   Eva was from Germany and … Continue reading WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT COMMUNITY FROM A COMMUNITY CALLED TAIZE

THREE THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT LIFE AT A COOKING CLASS

I’ve reached the point in my vocational journey where my passion for cooking surpasses my culinary abilities. Last summer I seriously researched going to culinary school.  But this pursuit does not fit into our resources of time or money. However, I have been able to take several cooking classes at Sur La Table.  It's not … Continue reading THREE THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT LIFE AT A COOKING CLASS

WHO IS MY COMMUNITY?

Mama K.  In 2010 that was the nickname given to me by a high school student a couple of days into our short-term missions trip to Corozal Town, Belize. Mama K? I was only thirty-eight years old and suddenly college students and post-grads were calling me "Mama K".   The first few times that I … Continue reading WHO IS MY COMMUNITY?