I See You

A few years ago, I was a part of the team of folks that helped to put together the racial reconciliation roundtables that took place at the Owatonna Middle School after the high school experienced an incident of racial conflict.  The goal of these sessions was to open lines of communication, and to have healthy, … More I See You

A Turn in the Story

A number of years ago, I was in New Orleans for a continuing education conference.  I was in the hotel lobby, deep in conversation with a colleague after the evening session when we witnessed an interesting exchange. A man who looked to be homeless shuffled into the lobby and approached the front desk.  I don’t … More A Turn in the Story

This Changes Everything

As I write this, Trinity’s group of 47 youth and adult leaders are traveling to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas. Right now they are somewhere in Oklahoma, and are about 5 driving hours away from their destination.  I’m pretty certain that they are all looking forward to getting off of the bus, getting … More This Changes Everything

Sheep and Goats

As a young boy, probably 7 or 8 years old, I feared the moment.  It was the moment I’d have to face my parents.  It hadn’t even really occurred to me when my friend and I crouched down to use a stick to write our initials in the fresh, wet concrete of the sidewalk that … More Sheep and Goats

New Year = New Mission

At its regular December meeting, Trinity’s congregational council voted to recommend to the congregation a draft of a new mission statement.  The congregation will vote on this new statement at our annual congregational meeting, on Sunday, February 4.  The meeting will begin immediately following lunch together. The draft of the new statement is: Eighteen months … More New Year = New Mission