lesson from neighbors

At some point, I guess, the concept of neighborhood was formed around some confines of place that included homes, businesses, third place locales, churches, etc.  Our neighbors were defined as those people who lived, worked, and served in one of those readily identifiable places.  In other words, at least in my own mind, neighborhood, whether … More lesson from neighbors

Spring Promise

So in January we moved into a new home in a new neighborhood.  A nearly 100 year old house in a quirky urban residential Seattle sanctuary.  Like most places here it had an overgrown, almost indistinguishable, assortment of dormant greenery that hinted of some long past intention.  Actually it looked as if someone stood on … More Spring Promise

The right question

The face of my neighborhood changes every single day.  From nearly any vantage point, at least one that is not obscured by the dozens of new buildings already erected, you could count up to a dozen cranes towering over their own personal piles of concrete and steel.  There is a daily shell game of which … More The right question

Churches and Fences

My ministry context is urban.  I mean it is really urban.  When I first moved to the city 18 years ago it was to what I would say is an urban “residential” neighborhood. For me that meant there were houses, yards, schools … smaller than I was accustomed to, but they were still there.  5 … More Churches and Fences