Message from Lisa

The way you look at things is the most powerful force in shaping your life. -John O’Donohue

Please and Thank You

Beloved Friends, “Never forget to say please and thank you.” I suspect Kim and I are not at all unique as parents when we think back on the number of times this simple phrase became a mantra for trying to teach our daughter the value of living from a place of deep...

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Living Into Radical Generosity

Beloved Friends, This Sunday we will gather for the first of four consecutive Sundays that will make up our Annual Giving Campaign- the time of year that we speak as clearly and passionately as possible about the joy of responding to God’s love in our life through...

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New Beginnings always available for the asking

Beloved Friends- As I sit in an airport in Florida waiting to come home to you I am thinking about in-between times- endings and beginnings. Earlier this morning I preached at the closing worship service at this week’s CREDO conference- a time for Episcopal clergy to...

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Making Disciples, Our Journey Together

Beloved Friends, While the weather outside has yet to offer cool mornings and the changing of colors here in Toledo, it is clear from inside our community we have indeed begun our Fall programming. Last Sunday and this Sunday following our 10:00 service we have and...

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Growing in the Heart of the City

Beloved Friends- It is wonderful to be back among you after a few weeks away enjoying a time of sabbath rest. And now we are “off to the races” again as we launch into this new program year. This past Saturday marked our one-year anniversary together- and what a year...

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Reclaiming Jesus

Hi friends, While Lisa is away I was asked to reflect on where Trinity is headed as we begin a new season of Formation and education.  Ten years ago I was interviewing for a position with a large congregation in a small town with a large university. I was asked to...

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What Are We Becoming?

Beloved Friends, As Lisa takes some well-deserved time away after eleven months of non-stop productivity, it seems like a good time to pause, just for a moment, and reflect both individually and communally. The Trinity community has begun a slow but steady...

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Play – Revive and Restore the Soul

Beloved Friends, As we continue to move into these hot summer days, I find myself yearning for more “playtime” and thinking back to what that has looked like in my life over the years. My summer months as a child were often spent in a different country with my family...

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The power of standing together

Beloved Friends- Happy 4th of July! To be honest, this holiday in which we commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress, is one that comes with mixed emotions for me, and maybe for you too.  On the one hand I am so very...

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Following a Path of Love

Beloved friends- Amidst the cacophony of news and noise around immigration in this country, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless these days. The current crisis of children being separated from their families and held in detention centers is yet one more deeply...

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