New Way of Being

I’ve thought a lot about why it has been so incredibly difficult for me to get back in the habit of writing on my blog for the past several months.  In the past week, I’ve realized why that it.

During my three-month sabbatical last summer, something shifted in me.  I feel less and less called to pursue those things (including blog topics) that I want to focus on, and more called to be present to the interests and concerns of those with whom I’m in ministry: be they members of the congregation I serve or readers of my blog.

What this means is that I’m going to try a new tactic with my blog.  Instead of me initiating topics for a blog entry, I will invite you to send in questions or topics which I can use to get the “conversation” started.  My hope is that folks will feel motivated to respond with a comment so we can get a “real” (albeit virtual) conversation started.

As I return to my spiritual practice of blogging, I look forward to the opportunity to be more present to your concerns and perspectives.

With that said, let us start on our new leg of our journey together with a simple question:   “What’s on your mind?”



About Pastor Craig

I'm a 54-year-old who lives in Los Angeles, CA with his black Labrador Retriever named Max. I'm an ordained clergy person in the United Church of Christ. My passions include spirituality, politics, and sports (Go Houston teams, go!). I use my blog to start conversations rather than merely spout my perspectives and opinions. I hope you'll post a question, comment, or observation for me to respond - so we can get the conversation started!
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5 Responses to New Way of Being

  1. Beverly Marshall Saling says:

    I would be interested in hearing more about your work in ministering to and advocating for those with mental illnesses. I’m struggling with finding ways to be meaningfully present for people I care about who are sometimes not capable of holding reality-based conversations.

  2. Sharon says:

    How important are Church Denominations to God? Also, I love what Beverly posted:)

  3. Stevie says:

    I just read, “When Bad Things Happen to Good People.” I truly believe that we can’t expect God to prevent bad things from happening, and that he is there to help us through the tough stuff. But I’m having a hard time balancing that with my belief in the power of prayer. I am convinced that the 6000 times I prayed for guidance for my grandson helped. Would love your thoughts, and those of others.

  4. Sharon says:

    This is my understanding of Seperation of Church and State: Before our forefathers came here, living in England, they were forced, by the government, to go to one particular church or denomination. When they came here, they wanted us to have the freedom to worship, as we saw fit. AS AN EXAMPLE, having prayer in public schools wouldn’t come under that, because, anyone, from any religion or denomination could pray to God. They wouldn’t be saying the children and their parents HAD to worship as they do. (I used this as an EXAMPLE because I didn’t want the discussion to be about prayer in schools, but about seperation of church and state) ☺️ What do you think?

  5. Sharon says:

    I have been involved with a self-help group, have worked the steps several times, and read many books on the subject(s). I am still running together two words, co-dependency and enabling. Will you please give me your take on the difference between the two.

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