Thursday, December 27, 2018

Merry Christmas!

20 Tips for a Positive New Year from Jon Gordon

20 Tips for a Positive New Year
Updated for 2019
1. Stay Positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can trust that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.
2. Take a daily "Thank You Walk." You can’t be stressed and thankful at the same time. Feel blessed and you won’t be stressed.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and less foods manufactured in plants.
4. Talk to yourself instead of listen to yourself. Instead of listening to your complaints, fears and doubts, talk to yourself with words of truth and encouragement.
5. Post a sign that says "No Energy Vampires Allowed." Gandhi said, "I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet." Watch This.
6. Be a Positive Team Member. Being positive doesn’t just make you better, it makes everyone around you better.
7. Don't chase success. Decide to make a difference and success will find you. [ Tweet This ]
8. Get more sleep. You can't replace sleep with a double latte.
9. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control.
10. Look for opportunities to Love, Serve and Care. You don’t have to be great to serve but you have to serve to be great.
11. Live your purpose. Remember why you do what you do. We don't get burned out because of what we do. We get burned out because we forget why we do it.
12. Remember, there's no such thing as an overnight success. Love the process and you’ll love what the process produces.
13. Trust that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.
14. Implement the No Complaining Rule. If you are complaining, you're not leading.
15. Read more books than you did in 2018. I happen to know of a few good ones. : )
16. Don't seek happiness. Instead live with love, passion and purpose and happiness will find you.
17. Focus on "Get to" vs "Have to." Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.
20 Tips for a Positive New year in 201918. The next time you "fail" remember that it’s not meant to define you. It’s meant to refine you.
19. Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.
20. Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018


“There is no one to send, nor a clean hand, nor a pure heart on the face of the earth, nor in the earth, but only us, a generation comforting ourselves with the notion that we have come at an awkward time, that our innocent fathers are all dead – as if innocence had ever been – and our children busy and troubled, and we ourselves unfit, not yet ready, having each of us chosen wrongly, made a false start, failed, yielded to impulse and the tangled comfort of pleasures, and grown exhausted, unable to seek the thread, weak, and involved. But there is no one but us. There never has been.”
-Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Gaudete: Joy!

Gaudete: Joy is a state of mind independent of the state of the world! 


Brad Reynolds
Because Christmas is almost here
Because dancing fits so well with musicBecause inside baby clothes are miracles.GaudeteBecause some people love youBecause of chocolateBecause pain does not last foreverBecause Santa Claus is coming.GaudeteBecause of laughterBecause there really are angelsBecause your fingers fit your handsBecause forgiveness is yours for the askingBecause of childrenBecause of parents.GaudeteBecause the blind see.And the lame walk.GaudeteBecause lepers are cleanAnd the deaf hear.GaudeteBecause the dead will live againAnd there is good news for the poor.GaudeteBecause of ChristmasBecause of JesusYou rejoice.
"Gaudete," which is the Latin word for "rejoice," is the Third Sunday in Advent.
Brad Reynolds, S.J., a photographer and artist in residence at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash., is also the author of several mystery novels. His poem is taken from America; The National Catholic Weekly (December 11, 2006): See

Thursday, December 13, 2018

News from the Diocese of Pennsylvania

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How saving Philly’s historic sacred spaces can make the city stronger (Phila. Inquirer)
Read about a partnership that is helping congregations to better serve and engage their community. Canon Berlenbach is involved in this work.Please contact him if you want to creatively re-envision your own space.Read article here.
Homeless Memorial Day (12/20, Thomas Paine Plaza )
The Diocese is a sponsor of this day to honor those that have died and "recommit ourselves to ending homelessness." More details here.

Sustainability: A New Year's Resolution
Make the new year a new step forward in sustainability. The Rev. Claire Nevin-Field, part of the Creation Committee and rector of St. Peter's Church in Phila., shares her church's sustainability action checklist here. For more information,contact us.

MLK: Celebrating his life and legacy (1/21, Darby Recreation Center)
Your donations needed. A unique partnership between the Church Farm School and Darby schoolchildren leads up to a day of activity for all. More details here.

Save the Date: Bowling with the Bishop (3/9, Wynnewood Lanes)
Youth across the Diocese are invited for a day of pizza and bowling with the Bishop. More information here.RSVP here.

Ordinations (12/14 and 12/15)
Your presence and prayers are requested for three people that will be ordained this weekend. More details here.
Rites of Initiation (1/5, Philadelphia Cathedral)
This is for those desiring to be baptized, confirmed, received, or reaffirmed into The Episcopal Church. More details here.
Know Jesus. Change the World.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wonderful blogpost from my friend Evan Garner on Reversing Excommunication

a long way from home: Reversing Excommunication: I haven't ever excommunicated someone. I've thought about it, but there's paperwork involved, and it hasn't ever felt worth...

Applications accepted for Episcopal Service Corps

Applications accepted for Episcopal Service Corps

Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs
Posted 17 hours ago
Young adults (21-32 years old) are invited to apply to serve as a member of the 2019-2020 Episcopal Service Corps.
Episcopal Service Corps is a nationwide network of locally organized and incorporated programs designed to provide young adults with an opportunity to serve others, promote justice, and live simply in intentional communities focused on providing participants tools and resources to deepen their spiritual awareness and discern vocation.
“Episcopal Service Corps offers young adults the opportunity to serve others while at the same time discerning God’s call in their own lives,” says Wendy Johnson, who coordinates Episcopal Service Corps.
New this year, ESC has created a short, fun quiz to help potential Corps members jumpstart the process of discerning which of the more than 20 ESC programs are the best fit for them. The discernment quiz is here.
Click on an area of interest in the program map to learn more about where and how ESC serves.
The 2019-2020 application is here.
Questions about Episcopal Service Corps, contact Wendy Johnson,

Dave Matthews Band in Philadelphia 11 December 2018 ~ Wells Fargo Center

Don't drink the Water

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Where’s your Reckless Daughter?, by Seth Godin

Where’s your Reckless Daughter?, by Seth Godin

Joni Mitchell was one of a kind. A sensation. A record-selling machine, with legions of fans.

And then she made Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter. A personal, idiosyncratic album that marked the final gold record of her bestselling streak.

She knew exactly what she was doing. She knew that the crowd wasn’t going to follow her, just as Dylan knew what would happen when he went electric, then gospel.

She had a choice: to make the records her fans had decided in advance that they wanted to hear, or to make the music that she was proud of.

After this, she was free.

Free to make the music she heard in her head, the music she wanted to share.

In a post-Top 40 world, the irony is clear: your Reckless Daughter might very well be the breakthrough you need to reach your true audience and to do the work you’re most proud to do.

The challenge is in accepting that the masses might not cheer you on.