mental health & wellness, personal, spiritual, work & vocation

Hi, My Name Is Joe

As a kid, I learned this song about a stressed-out guy named Joe. It went something like this: Hi, my name is Joe I got a wife and three kids and I work in a button factory One day my boss came to me and said, "Joe, are you busy?" I said, "no." He said,… Continue reading Hi, My Name Is Joe

book reflections, mental health & wellness, spiritual, work & vocation

Climbing the Ladder

In some recent posts, both This Is Not a Travel Blog and Roots and Shoots, I've mentioned Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's book The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture. Truly, it's one of the most necessary, even prophetic books I've come across -- prophetic because stability is not something twenty-first century Westerners practice and necessary because stability is something twenty-first century Westerners… Continue reading Climbing the Ladder

church, ministry, spiritual, work & vocation

The Divinity in the Details (a.k.a. What I’ve Learned From Working At a Church)

I've been working/interning at a large Episcopal church for about a year now, and wrapping up my time there begs the question: What have I learned from working at a church? One lesson (among many): The devil doesn't have to be in the details. Let me explain. Growing up, I was a particularly idealistic youth.… Continue reading The Divinity in the Details (a.k.a. What I’ve Learned From Working At a Church)

community, spiritual

Roots and Shoots

There's a question that's plagued me for years: Why would a person leave something he knows to be good in exchange for something he hopes to be good?  We've all done it -- or had the opportunity to do it. I think of colleagues who have left good careers in, say, law or engineering to pursue… Continue reading Roots and Shoots