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All four of my kids are from Ithaca, NY. That seems weird to say because when we lived there it seemed nobody was from Ithaca. It always seemed like a place where people came for 3 to 5 years to go to school or work before they went on to someplace else. Which meant saying, “Good-bye,” was a regular part...

Dates in the States

We are now only 5 weeks away from our trip to the States. Of course, between now and then we will move house…so never boring over here. While we there, we are planning on travelling to: Michigan Illinois (Chicago) Indiana Ohio (Dayton & Columbus) Georgia (Atlanta, Marietta) New York (too many to list individually, but we’ll likely drive every inch...

Day Out with M – Botanical Gardens

After a long week of planning for our HMA (home missions assignment) and our upcoming move…followed by a whole Saturday of doing taxes…M & I decided that Sunday was going to be for fun. This afternoon we headed over to Glasnevin to visit the Botanical Gardens. M wasn’t sure she’d like it, but we both had a great day.  ...

What Do We Mean When We Say “Missional Community?”

Over the past several years, I have written here and in our newsletter about missional communities. Liz and I have shared stories about trying to start a missional community here in Clontarf. And we have shared our hope of helping to start missional communities across the city of Dublin. That all sounds great...if you know what we mean when we say missional community.

Internship Opportunity in Dublin

Thinking about trying something different next year? In 2018 we will be starting an internship program here in Dublin. There will be opportunities for 3, 6, or 12-month internships, and starting dates are open-ended. There will be more information about the program and what it will look like by the end of this year. In the meantime, if you are interested, please drop me a note.   I look forward to hearing from you!

Blogging Break

After almost two months of not posting anything here, I’ve decided to make it official. While I doubt that I’ll never blog here again, I have decided to take an extended break.

Well, Who Are You?

“Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” – Buckaroo Banzi “Well, who are you?” – The Who Often during the first 3 years here in Dublin, I would tell people that there were two key thing I learned in moving to Dublin. The first had to do with grace (I’m still working on that post) and the second...

Good Grief

We're uncomfortable with grief. It’s why we say dumb things at funerals, “They’re in a better place.” “I guess God wanted them.” It’s why we tell a kid who just lost a pet “Don’t worry, we’ll get you a new one.” And while it is great that another puppy coming, that fact does not diminish the loss…the pain felt because of the one who is now gone.

Switching Gears

I am generally pretty good at focusing on the things I (or we) don’t do well, or should be doing better. Today has been a day where we’ve been able to focus on some things that we have consistently done well. And because of some of those things, we have so many incredible people who have been part of our...