Conflict and civility

Conflict and Civility: “Can’t We All Just Get Along?”

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:2-3)  “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” History suggests we cannot all just get along. Conflict has replaced civility in our public places. This quote is a paraphrase of something Los Angeles taxi driver, Rodney King, said in 1992 when riots spread destruction, death, and terror across the […]

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The writing life

The Writing Life

Going home to a place he’d never been before, he left yesterday behind him (Rocky Mountain High by John Denver).              Last weekend I attended my first Story Circle Network Writer’s Conference in Austin. I’ve been to Austin many times and even lived there while completing my Master of Divinity studies, so the city doesn’t qualify as a place I’ve never been before. However, this particular group is new to me. The Story Circle Network consists of […]

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Is It Time to Move Again? Tips for Transitions

Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1) Summer is prime transition time. Families with school age children want to move and get settled in the new community before the school year starts. College students move out of dorms and apartments, only to relocate into new ones a few months later. New graduates move to the location of their first job. I sold […]

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Rochelle Melander

Meet Rochelle Melander, Author, Coach, Teacher, and Pastor

“The only way to lose in the writing life is to quit writing,” says Pastor Rochelle Melander. I initially met this successful author, teacher and pastor through the small world of female Lutheran clergy who also write. Colleagues of mine told me about another female pastor/author I ought to get to know. Though we share in common that we have both served parishes as pastors, I know Rochelle first and foremost as a very successful […]

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We the people -flag and declaration of independence

Borders and Barriers

In a few days we’ll be out waving flags, grilling burgers and hotdogs, and watching fireworks to celebrate our independence. In the 1600 and 1700’s European countries, especially England, launched hundreds of ships full of immigrants who eventually established what became the United States of America. By the mid-1700’s those immigrants concluded the oppression from the British Empire was intolerable. Patrick Henry’s cry, “Give me liberty or give me death,” resonated with enough people that […]

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