Emergence

len on April 15th, 2014

I was listening to an interview on CBC Radio, a discussion on innovation. Conservative investment is based on what we know might work: this develops many improvements but few radical innovations. It’s the innovations that move us ahead by huge leaps. The Howard Hughes foundation invests in much riskier projects, and as a result has […]

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len on February 1st, 2014

We all carry around mental models of leadership. Those models — or mental maps — are often transparent to us. One of the great values of education, experience and reflection is to make our assumptions visible. Until we take that step and move closer to something like a hermeneutic of suspicion, we are merely colonized […]

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len on January 29th, 2014

Walter Brueggemann remarks that what we see in our western culture is a religion of immanence, always a feature of a civil and static religion. The other two features are the economics of affluence and the politics of oppression. He finds these features in the transition of Israel from a theocracy to a monarchy, and […]

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len on January 25th, 2014

“Generals lose new wars because they are still fighting old battles.” From an interview on CBC Radio “When the Americans entered WWI, the British and French Allies had been bogged down in a demoralizing and costly trench warfare for nearly three years. Millions had died in meaningless attacks to take a few hundred yards of […]

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len on January 22nd, 2014

Developmental Stages offer us insight into the experience of liminality: the in-between phases of spiritual life that generate tremendous growth. * * * * * * Sometimes the best map will not guide you You can’t see what’s round the bend, Sometimes the road leads through dark places Sometimes the darkness is your friend. Speaking […]

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He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. If they do, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And people do not pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the […]

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len on November 2nd, 2013

“I’ll never forget the first time Paul Sparks gave me a tour of Zoe Livable Church. He showed me community gardens, coffee shops, a bakery, a holistic health center, nonprofit offices, an intentional community, murals galore, and an expansive library. He told me about Zoe members organizing farmer’s markets, block parties, and yarn-bombings. I was […]

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len on October 25th, 2013

Developmental Stages offer us insight into the experience of liminality: the in-between phases of spiritual life that generate tremendous growth. * * * * * * Sometimes the best map will not guide you You can’t see what’s round the bend, Sometimes the road leads through dark places Sometimes the darkness is your friend. Speaking […]

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len on July 27th, 2013

In Finally Comes the Poet, Walter Brueggemann writes, “To address the issue of truth greatly reduced requires us to be poets who speak against the prose world. The terms of that phrase are readily misunderstood. By prose I refer to a world that is organized in simple formulae, so that even pastoral prayers and love […]

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len on June 29th, 2013

Meg Wheatley writes, “We are lost—as a global culture, as organizations, and perhaps as individual leaders. We are in new territory, this brave new world that operates at hyper speed, hyper stress, and hyper irrationality. Our old maps for creating capacity no longer apply; in fact they only get us more lost. So I’ve been […]

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