1. Social and Spiritual Capital

    Blog Social and Spiritual Capital

    One major value of religion is its tendency to build social capital for people, creating networks of relationships that sustain them in both practical and spiritual ways. …

  2. Frank Discussions

    Blog Frank Discussions

    “Words not only affect us temporarily; they change us, they socialize or unsocialize us.” - David Reisman, The Lonely Crowd, 1950 My wife and I were invited to join…

  3. Going Deeper

    Blog Going Deeper

    For some reason I have an odd need to reveal what I’m thinking and feeling on the spot with most anyone. The older I get, the more I tend to risk "going there" with people…

  4. Holding Back

    Blog Holding Back

    Have you heard the song, “No Grave Can Keep Me Down”? Actually, I hadn’t until I heard All Things Considered on NPR. Here is the link, if you want to hear about…

  5. Emotional Genius

    Blog Emotional Genius

    I often felt inferior around my father-in-law, a brilliant professor with a Cal Tech degree, who was in on the ground floor of the emergence of computers at UCLA. He was a member…

  6. Good Growth

    Blog Good Growth

    The church I grew up in has doubled in size since my time there in the 80s and 90s. I'm not great at estimating numbers, but I would say there were 500-750 members fifteen years…

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