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MONDAY MORNING JOE: The Importance of Hope

This week in my faith tradition, we make a turn towards Christmas and enter a season of waiting called Advent. In the Christian tradition, Advent is the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day, followed by the 12 days of Christmas. It is a time of preparation, a time in which those who believe prepare themselves for the birth of Jesus.We wait at the manger with the shepherds, waiting for the arrival of this little one that will bring light into the world. During this time, we focus on four specific themes of Advent: hope, peace, joy, and love. Churches

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MONDAY MORNING JOE: Navigate the Darkness

We all have a movie scene, lyric, quote, or something similar that lives rent free in our heads. For me there are two: One is from Casablanca, and the other from the LOTR Two Towers. As the uruk-hai descend on Helms Deep, Theoden falls into hopelessness. He had hoped the stronghold would hold out and not fall, but as the hoard beats down the door, and death’s stench fills the room, he cannot help but let his hope fall into despair. He says, perhaps to know one, “So much death. What can men do against such reckless hate?”  Aragorn responds,

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MONDAY MORNING JOE: Shine the Light

I grew up in a culture that encouraged shining our light so others would see the goodness of God’s love. But that same culture got nervous when your light attracted a certain type of people or when it challenged the status quo. Being a light in a dark world can be scary because it shines on all the things we wish to keep covered up. It reveals that not all is perfect, that we all may need some grace, some kindness, and some compassion, and perhaps in need of a savior. And when you shine your light, the same people

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MONDAY MORNING JOE: We all have a Responsibility

What does scripture say about responsibility? https://vimeo.com/768144451 Here are a few key verses on responsibility to care, respect, and to be honest with your neighbors: “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt. Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.” Exodus 22:21-22 “The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:34 “When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the

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MONDAY MORNING JOE: The Meaning of Respect

On August 22, 1855 in Paris, France, at first World Council of YMCAs, a global purpose agreement was adapted by leaders across the globe. What is known as the Paris Basis is an acknowledgement of the work and witness of the YMCA. The Paris Basis reads: “The Young Men’s Christian Associations seek to unite those young men who, regarding Jesus Christ as their God and Savior, according to the Holy Scriptures, desire to be his disciples in their faith and in their life, and to associate their efforts for the extension of his Kingdom amongst young men. Any differences of

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MONDAY MORNING JOE: What is Honesty?

Honesty means different things to different people, but at the Y, we define it as telling the truth. But what does telling the truth mean? Some believe it is telling people what you think. I don’t think that’s it. I have known folks who would say what’s on their mind, and say they were being honest, but they were not telling the truth. Even truth itself is often not black and white. I once heard someone say: There’s three sides to every story. There’s your side, their side, and there’s the truth. Three ways to help you tell the truth: 

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Belonging Begins With Us

The Y believes our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome, and we can all work together for the common good. For more than 160 years, the Y has provided immigrants with support and resources to integrate well and fully participate in American society. The Y has a long history of welcoming and engaging immigrants – from launching the nation’s first English as a Second Language class in 1856 to providing aid to thousands of new arrivals at Ellis and Angel Islands in the early 1900s. As our community continue to grow and become more diverse, the YMCA of Greater

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MONDAY MORNING JOE: Living Into Your Potential

You have the potential to live an epic story, to create a new soundtrack, and press through the pain change, and fully live into your potential. But you need to begin listening to the voice and respond.One night, a young man awoke to a voice calling to him. He thought it was the old priest calling for him. He got up and went to the priest, “Here I am, you called me.” The priest sent the boy away, saying, “I did not. Go back to sleep.” The boy goes back to sleep. Again, a voice calls to him and again

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MONDAY MORNING JOE: New Story & Soundtrack

Creating a new story and a new soundtrack is difficult. It is joyous and scary at the same time. It’s joyful because you have made the difficult decision to make an important change in your life. It is scary because you’ve probably attempted to make this same change before, but things did not go as planned.  https://vimeo.com/741215673 How do you stay on the path and fight the temptation to turn around? Here are four ways to help you as you go on your journey.  1. Take bread for the journey. You need to remember to pack something to keep you

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MONDAY MORNING JOE: Creating Your Soundtrack

Soundtrack? Playlist? Don’t get caught in the semantics. Whether you are on an 8-track or you’re on Spotify, the soundtrack Joe’s talking about is the one in our minds. How do you ditch the songs that have been on repeat and create the perfect playlist to accompany the epic story telling he talked about last week.   https://vimeo.com/741215673 WHAT IS A “SOUNDTRACK” AND HOW DO YOU CREATE ONE?  What is a soundtrack and how do you create a new soundtrack? Jon Acuff, author of Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking, recommends the following: 1) Retire the broken soundtrack. A broken soundtrack

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MONDAY MORNING JOE: The Importance of Hope

This week in my faith tradition, we make a turn towards Christmas and enter a season of waiting called Advent. In the Christian tradition, Advent is the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day, followed by the 12 days of Christmas. It is a time of preparation, a time in

Read More »

MONDAY MORNING JOE: Navigate the Darkness

We all have a movie scene, lyric, quote, or something similar that lives rent free in our heads. For me there are two: One is from Casablanca, and the other from the LOTR Two Towers. As the uruk-hai descend on Helms Deep, Theoden falls into hopelessness. He had hoped the

Read More »

MONDAY MORNING JOE: Shine the Light

I grew up in a culture that encouraged shining our light so others would see the goodness of God’s love. But that same culture got nervous when your light attracted a certain type of people or when it challenged the status quo. Being a light in a dark world can

Read More »

MONDAY MORNING JOE: We all have a Responsibility

What does scripture say about responsibility? https://vimeo.com/768144451 Here are a few key verses on responsibility to care, respect, and to be honest with your neighbors: “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt. Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.” Exodus 22:21-22

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MONDAY MORNING JOE: The Meaning of Respect

On August 22, 1855 in Paris, France, at first World Council of YMCAs, a global purpose agreement was adapted by leaders across the globe. What is known as the Paris Basis is an acknowledgement of the work and witness of the YMCA. The Paris Basis reads: “The Young Men’s Christian

Read More »

MONDAY MORNING JOE: What is Honesty?

Honesty means different things to different people, but at the Y, we define it as telling the truth. But what does telling the truth mean? Some believe it is telling people what you think. I don’t think that’s it. I have known folks who would say what’s on their mind,

Read More »

Belonging Begins With Us

The Y believes our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome, and we can all work together for the common good. For more than 160 years, the Y has provided immigrants with support and resources to integrate well and fully participate in American society. The Y has a long history

Read More »

MONDAY MORNING JOE: Living Into Your Potential

You have the potential to live an epic story, to create a new soundtrack, and press through the pain change, and fully live into your potential. But you need to begin listening to the voice and respond.One night, a young man awoke to a voice calling to him. He thought

Read More »

MONDAY MORNING JOE: New Story & Soundtrack

Creating a new story and a new soundtrack is difficult. It is joyous and scary at the same time. It’s joyful because you have made the difficult decision to make an important change in your life. It is scary because you’ve probably attempted to make this same change before, but

Read More »

MONDAY MORNING JOE: Creating Your Soundtrack

Soundtrack? Playlist? Don’t get caught in the semantics. Whether you are on an 8-track or you’re on Spotify, the soundtrack Joe’s talking about is the one in our minds. How do you ditch the songs that have been on repeat and create the perfect playlist to accompany the epic story

Read More »

MONDAY MORNING JOE: The Importance of Hope

This week in my faith tradition, we make a turn towards Christmas and enter a season of waiting called Advent. In the Christian tradition, Advent is the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day, followed by the 12 days of Christmas. It is a time of preparation, a time in

Read More »

MONDAY MORNING JOE: Navigate the Darkness

We all have a movie scene, lyric, quote, or something similar that lives rent free in our heads. For me there are two: One is from Casablanca, and the other from the LOTR Two Towers. As the uruk-hai descend on Helms Deep, Theoden falls into hopelessness. He had hoped the

Read More »

MONDAY MORNING JOE: Shine the Light

I grew up in a culture that encouraged shining our light so others would see the goodness of God’s love. But that same culture got nervous when your light attracted a certain type of people or when it challenged the status quo. Being a light in a dark world can

Read More »

MONDAY MORNING JOE: We all have a Responsibility

What does scripture say about responsibility? https://vimeo.com/768144451 Here are a few key verses on responsibility to care, respect, and to be honest with your neighbors: “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt. Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.” Exodus 22:21-22

Read More »

MONDAY MORNING JOE: The Meaning of Respect

On August 22, 1855 in Paris, France, at first World Council of YMCAs, a global purpose agreement was adapted by leaders across the globe. What is known as the Paris Basis is an acknowledgement of the work and witness of the YMCA. The Paris Basis reads: “The Young Men’s Christian

Read More »

MONDAY MORNING JOE: What is Honesty?

Honesty means different things to different people, but at the Y, we define it as telling the truth. But what does telling the truth mean? Some believe it is telling people what you think. I don’t think that’s it. I have known folks who would say what’s on their mind,

Read More »

Belonging Begins With Us

The Y believes our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome, and we can all work together for the common good. For more than 160 years, the Y has provided immigrants with support and resources to integrate well and fully participate in American society. The Y has a long history

Read More »

MONDAY MORNING JOE: Living Into Your Potential

You have the potential to live an epic story, to create a new soundtrack, and press through the pain change, and fully live into your potential. But you need to begin listening to the voice and respond.One night, a young man awoke to a voice calling to him. He thought

Read More »

MONDAY MORNING JOE: New Story & Soundtrack

Creating a new story and a new soundtrack is difficult. It is joyous and scary at the same time. It’s joyful because you have made the difficult decision to make an important change in your life. It is scary because you’ve probably attempted to make this same change before, but

Read More »

MONDAY MORNING JOE: Creating Your Soundtrack

Soundtrack? Playlist? Don’t get caught in the semantics. Whether you are on an 8-track or you’re on Spotify, the soundtrack Joe’s talking about is the one in our minds. How do you ditch the songs that have been on repeat and create the perfect playlist to accompany the epic story

Read More »