What Are We Building? The Do’s and Don’ts of Building a Positive Future (Part 1)

June 22, 2017

We have been remodeling some old farm houses at the farm, circa 1924.  I chiseled out an old fireplace and wood stove, and as I took out the bricks I threw them in a pile.  The pile was my selfish reason to show my wife how hard I had been working and gain some old … Continue reading What Are We Building? The Do’s and Don’ts of Building a Positive Future (Part 1)

Get a Bigger Tent: Five Ways to Be Inclusive

June 6, 2017

In our work with Launching Leaders, we invite people of all faiths to apply their own faith traditions with the core principles taught in the course to create a holistic life. We have been amazed at the easy tolerance demonstrated by Millennials as they gather from various faith traditions to discuss how the principles apply … Continue reading Get a Bigger Tent: Five Ways to Be Inclusive

Equally Yoked: Three Keys to Coming Alongside

May 25, 2017

In the days of the early west, wagon trains led groups of explorers to new lands.  They used oxen and horses to pull their loads.  There is something about newness and adventure that captivates our imaginations and gives us motivation to keep exploring and pressing on toward new horizons.  This quest can  present itself in … Continue reading Equally Yoked: Three Keys to Coming Alongside

Don’t Hem Me In – 3 Ways To Lead, NOT Corral Millennials

May 9, 2017

My four year old grandson came to me recently and said “Grandpa, I have issues.”  Surprised that such a young lad would utter or even think of such reasoning, I nevertheless replied “Elijah, it’s OK, I have issues too.”  And so it is than from the mouths of babes come the most succinct truths. One … Continue reading Don’t Hem Me In – 3 Ways To Lead, NOT Corral Millennials

No Time for Millennials? Three Ways to Reconsider

April 29, 2017

In our work across the globe with Millennials and their spiritual leaders, we sometimes encounter well-meaning and well-intentioned leaders who LOVE what Launching Leaders is all about and it’s effective outreach to Millennials, but they say they simply don’t have the time to embrace another program. Consider (or re-consider!) some facts from a Pew study … Continue reading No Time for Millennials? Three Ways to Reconsider

Overcoming Self-Doubt: Four Ways Forward

April 19, 2017

I remember in junior high school, I had a quarrel with one of my friends.  I don’t remember the reason for the dispute.  What I do remember is that my friend was twice the size of me, and was by nature a bully.  We decided to fight. We established the showdown at “high noon,” and the … Continue reading Overcoming Self-Doubt: Four Ways Forward

Dumpster Diving: 3 Things to Keep, 3 Things to Toss, 3 Things to Unify

April 12, 2017

Millennials have been sifting through the sands of post-modern relativism and are honing in on what they value and espouse.  They claim to be the most non-judgmental generation, yet are indeed making value judgments and tossing out that which just doesn’t feel like a match in the world they are creating.  In the post-modern relativistic … Continue reading Dumpster Diving: 3 Things to Keep, 3 Things to Toss, 3 Things to Unify

Tolerance: A Week of Lessons for a Lifetime

March 29, 2017

This past week I attended an interfaith colloquium aimed at addressing interfaith tensions with Michael Leonard, executive director of Launching Leaders Worldwide.  It was a wonderful evening where millennials of several faiths gathered around tables to discuss hot topics and the best approach to resolve the tensions surrounding them. While I served mostly as an observer, … Continue reading Tolerance: A Week of Lessons for a Lifetime

Affirmative Exiles; Why Millennials Are Blazing New Trails

March 21, 2017

Peter Drucker said “The most common source of mistakes…..is the emphasis on finding the right answer rather than the right question.” My four year old grandson is passing through a stage where he is taking in life with a firehose.  His constant question is “Why?”  It makes me stop and think about so many things.  … Continue reading Affirmative Exiles; Why Millennials Are Blazing New Trails

3 Keys to Stop Judging and Start Celebrating

March 10, 2017

This past week I had the opportunity to lead a discussion with an ENACTUS group and also a church group discussing key topics such as congruence and authenticity.  In each group of about 20 Millennials, I started by thanking the group for the great examples they are to other generations.  I do love the way … Continue reading 3 Keys to Stop Judging and Start Celebrating