Monday, January 18, 2010


I'm still not an expert on living an intentional life. After a little over a year and a half of writing and exploring, I've learned that there is still much I don't know and fail to practice. I know now the difference between knowing what is best and actually implementing major changes. Rather than hitting the perfect balance right away (if it exists), it seems that when I begin doing something better I fall behind in another area. This is human and good to know. But I still believe in practicing what I preach, and I will continue to work toward that goal.

On this day of celebration for servant-leader Dr. Martin King Jr., I dedicate this blog to him and to many others who have inspired me to seek compassion over compensation, to strive for integrity and right relationships with others and with the land.

Thanks for reading. I hope you learned something to carry with you in your pursuit of a life full of truth and joy. May 2010 be abundant with blessings for you and yours. Always journey toward the purpose for which you were created: to love creation with a love that suffers and celebrates, comforts and encourages, and pines for a Jubilee justice for all.


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Present and Future King

Even as I was rejoicing with my family this season, I couldn't stop thinking about the future. This is not like me. Not at all. But such is the dilemma when you apply to graduate school in four cities, enjoy where you live, and yet also feel pulled to places in your past, like Cleveland's Near West Side and Detroit. How different from my JV year in Cleveland, when most days I wasn't concerned with anything except work, spending time with my community, and communicating with my girlfriend in Chicago. My "Go West, young man" move has led to significant changes in my life and mindset. My fifteen-minute walk to-and-from the West Side Catholic Center is now a 2-hour minium round trip. The somewhat frequent treks to St. Coleman's for daily mass in the morning are a distant memory, although I do read more. Alot of that reading right now is about gardening and urban farming. I think this is because if my difficulty adjusting from a workplace without a desk to one primarily behind a desk, and also because of my experience serving recycled, donated, and food-bank purchased food for a full year, with its pluses and minuses. Only time will tell if I put this research into practice in a garden versus a farm, but I do know that I'm not sure I like all this forward thinking. It was a lot ismpler to offer my energy to God one day at a time. Maybe my Christmas miracle will be to leave these concerns to Christ, born again and Always With Us, the Emmanuel of my past, present, and future.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bon Voyage

The Midwest is soon to have a new folk legend, but she we will need our hopes and prayers to achieve her grand design. Katie Spotz of Mentor, OH, leaves at the end of December for her solo row across the Atlantic Ocean. Katie has prepared for over a year in order to complete this Row for Water, meant to raise money for the Blue Planet Run Foundation. Bon Voyage, Katie, and may America's heartland give you godspeed with the breath of our good wishes!


Sunday, December 6, 2009

After all the talk...

I hear from folks about Black Friday shopping and needing to do Christmas, this is a welcome movement. It is hard for me to say when Santa Claus and the Christmas tree became the center of Christmas, but the reality is that it has for many people. It is sad to me that a push toward a more Christ-centric Christmas needs to be labeled a conspiracy, but it is definitely a positive development. I hope that this so-called conspiracy will find more receptive ears in an economy that has put the focus back on family and simplicity. The holiday can return to being about gifts of time, presence, and faith formation. That's what I'm waiting for this Advent.

Ideas for Rethinking Christmas


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Science and Religion in 'Agreenment'

Great article on University of Chicago's Sightings about ecumenical collaboration and dialogue on environmental issues. I was excited about hearing that solar panels will soon adorn Daoist temples in China.


Monday, November 30, 2009

EJ Magazine

I recently discovered a new resource for environmental news. Produced by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University (Go Spartans!), EJ Magazine looks to be an excellent resource for staying connected to a world of sustainability and environmental developments, issues, challenges, and triumphs.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Chase Community Giving on Facebook

Facebookers can put their social network to the cause of social justice by voting for their favorite charities. For more information.

I was able to vote for some favorites like Jesuit Volunteer Corps, the West Humboldt Park Family Development Council, and St. Martin de Porres High School (Cleveland, OH).