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Clarity of the Crowds

It was one of those mornings where everything seemed a bit extra complex and crisis-like.  Our numbers were up the night before, hitting around 112 at the emergency shelter.  It seemed the most vulnerable people from the shelter’s history had... Continue Reading →

5 Ways Our Faith Informs Our Social Work

5 Ways Our Faith Informs Our Social Work... Gospel-hope keeps us going. Let’s face it, sometimes when working with people in crisis, transition or struggling it is hard to not get discouraged.  Christ’s victory over sin and death gives us... Continue Reading →

Shepherding Women…

I walked up the stairs this Wednesday afternoon at the shelter slower than normal. Maybe it was the heart burden of weekend shelter-happenings, maybe it was the four hours straight of one-on-ones this morning (poor planning), maybe it was the... Continue Reading →

Franciscan Blessing

May God bless you with discomfort, At easy answers, half-truths, And superficial relationships So that you may live Deep within your heart. May God bless you with anger At injustice, oppression, And exploitation of people, So that you may work... Continue Reading →

Shelter-Life: The Good, the Hard, and the Redemptive

So there I sat.  At this meeting with other social service professionals discussing the ups and downs of shelter life.  The joys and the sorrows of sharing life in a unique way with people in the midst of crisis and... Continue Reading →

Sacred Chaos

(This was written in reflection after some severe cold in Whatcom County) There I stood in the lobby of the main shelter building, awaiting a meeting with a staff person, Robbie, overseeing Men's Ministries.  I was chatting with Cathy at... Continue Reading →

Faith-Filled Friends

 17 On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal.[a] 18 And... Continue Reading →

Stacks of Stories

Stacks of applications—stacks of stories—scribbled out on three pages or less that are supposed to describe where applicants are at and where they want to go.  Some tell of extreme emotional distress, others attempt to write down their out-of-control journey... Continue Reading →

A Welcome Letter

Dear reader, new and frequent visitor, fellow listener-of-whole-stories, co-laborer, and Kingdom-seeker...

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