Goodbyes and Farewells

Last week, I found myself saying goodbye to those in my congregation at UniPlace Christian Church where I had been serving as an outreach community minister for the past two years. As I find myself excited to be transitioning into my next call of becoming a hospital chaplain, saying goodbye to those who have been … [Read more…]

Remaking Life After Loss

Stepping into my father’s bathroom during a trip home from college, I could not help but notice the tacky blue walls and the ceramic fish that hung off of them. In a way, it resembled a questionable seafood restaurant you would find along the Florida interstate. But at the same time, the particle board walls poorly painted … [Read more…]

The Beloved Community

Last spring, members of my church spent a day volunteering to help build a house for “Habitat For Humanity” in our town. Given hammers, nails, tape measures, and saws, our church was specifically tasked with installing a kitchen floor in the home we were building. While I like to think I am good at carpentry … [Read more…]

The Gift of Forgiveness

Accompanying my dad and grandfather to close our family cottage every October as a teenager was something of a tradition. Taking place usually on a Saturday, the three of us would end the summer in Conneaut Lake, PA by putting up storm windows, draining the hot water tank, and yes, even draining the toilets in … [Read more…]

Cleansing Of The Spiritual Soul

It was about seven years ago that I picked up running as an exercise. One summer in my early 20s while back home in Western Pennsylvania, I can recall running on a dusty dirt trail on an overcast and humid day. With cramps forming on my side and aches in my back, I found myself … [Read more…]