Aug 29, 2014

Keep Calm: It's Not So Easy

The new Executive Director called half the staff into the conference room. We all waited for her to speak, and when she did, our hearts rose and sank almost in the same moment. “You are here because you have survived the re-organization,” she said. “You will be keeping your positions,...Read more +
Aug 29, 2014

Keep Calm: Grieving With Coworkers

The words to the old hymn, “It Is Well,” bellowed from below as I wiped a stream of tears dripping from the tip of my nose. I had strategically sat in the balcony for the funeral so that no one would see the tears as they ran down my face...Read more +
Aug 29, 2014

Keep Calm: You Are Amazing, No Matter What

For a while, every time the phone rang during the months of August and September, I got a knot in my stomach. That’s when all of the big reorgs and layoffs would happen, after the budgets for the next year had been decided. I was one of a handful of...Read more +
Aug 29, 2014

Keep Calm: Dealing With Upheaval

It was the day before Father’s Day a few years ago and I was planting flowers in the bare spots in the garden. I knelt in the garden alongside our garage, moving the last plant out of its pot and into the ground. I patted the dirt around the new...Read more +
Aug 28, 2014

Sharing the Wealth

Share the Wealth
Ask anyone who works for anyone else: the best bosses are inclusive!Read more +
Aug 28, 2014

A Letter to My Younger Self, Bob Robinson

Hi Bob, It’s me. Bob. I know! Right? Freaky that I’d write you from the future! No, I don’t have a TARDIS for travelling through time. It’s just that the community at The High Calling are writing our younger selves to give you some advice as you grow up. I’m...Read more +
Aug 27, 2014

What Ferguson Taught Us: Captain Ron Johnson

On our first night in Ferguson, we talked with Captain Ronald Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Captain Johnson was appointed by the governor to coordinate security in Ferguson, after the death of Mike Brown. We asked Captain Johnson about the work and calling of law enforcement officers, particulary...Read more +
Aug 27, 2014

A Letter To My Younger Self, Glynn Young

Dear Glynn, I’m looking back to a moment, sometime in the spring of 1970, when you considering a decision to switch majors. You were discouraged by chemistry, and how many courses lay ahead for a pre-med major. And you knew that you heart wasn’t in pre-med; instead, your father’s heart...Read more +
Aug 27, 2014

Aug 25, 2014

A Letter to My Younger Self, Eileen Knowles

Yo, Younger Self, what up?!? Okay, so maybe I wouldn’t start a letter to my younger self that way. Unless, of course, I was trying way too hard to convince my younger self how cool I turned out. Yep, this once clarinet-toting, marching band member who used to hide in...Read more +