From Divisions and Differences, Radical Alliances

I was a newly-elected legislator with hard-wired opinions about ‘the poor’. He was an advocate for them. We both were stepping into a highly-charged policy discussion about poverty: one of the most politicized topics in America, and the first impressions were not favorable. All the signals of ‘left-wing do-gooder’ were flashing in my head about... Continue Reading →

Everything Has Purpose

Entering through the door, she held up a wrinkled Ziploc bag containing a five-dollar bill. “You know, once I go back home, my uncle won’t take me back out for the weekend. Could we stop at the thrift store later? I’d like to get some clothes.” It was an unusually warm February evening, and we... Continue Reading →


Today I picked my eight-year-old daughter up from her elementary school (we only live two miles away). I pulled up and she jumped in the car, as she was excitedly flashing a smile on her face. Before the car door was even closed shut and her seat belt buckled, she was talking 90 miles a minute.... Continue Reading →

Do We?

Communities are relationships. We have a tendency not to think of communities that way, because of the corporate identity that they assume (or inherit, willing and unwillingly alike), but it’s simple -- communities, just like relationships, require communication. Communication that’s sincere and honest requires trust. Do we trust our communities? Do we trust each other... Continue Reading →

Dying To Live A Life Abundant

I didn’t want to write this blog. It would be easy to make an excuse like writer’s block, when, in reality, I was probably just trying to avoid the message that kept coming to me. In my life, I’ve found that most years offer a theme, a life lesson, if we’re conscious enough to hear... Continue Reading →

The Gift of Community

As a small child, my favorite thing about the holidays were the gifts. I was always excited to reveal the surprises under the Christmas tree and I would spend time weeks before writing my wishlist of toys. Today, it’s a little different. I am growing up some and my perspective of the holidays has started... Continue Reading →

Moving From ME to WE

As I drove in between the stone pillars and up the long drive, I couldn't help but think -- this was not our typical spot for meetings...the country club. I am used to conference rooms, church basements and coffee shops for meetings in my line of work. I was the first to arrive. A hostess... Continue Reading →

You’re Not The Only One

One of the hardest things in a relationship is to remember that you're not the only one in it. It seems like a simple concept, something that you and I should totally be aware of, because, hey, a relationship means that's it 'not just me'. There's someone else in the room that is attached to... Continue Reading →

The Lonely Islands

A think piece cultivated from the upcoming book Radical Alliances by John White. - "Of all the places you have traveled in the world, which is the most impoverished?" The little nun from Albania considered the question which had been posed by the reporter in front of her. She'd sacrificed everything and moved to Calcutta, devoting... Continue Reading →

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