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Why Do We Practice

Helena’s violin teacher keeps a variety of books on parenting violin students in her “lesson room.” One of my favorites is titled- “Getting your child to practice without killing them.” I love its honesty! About a month ago, I picked up one of these books while I sat during the lesson and was struck by […]


Reclaiming Our Story

“I have crossed the horizon to find you. I know your name. They have stolen the heart from inside you. But this does not define you. This is not who you are. You know who you are” As some, or perhaps many, of you may know, my mother was hospitalized in the middle of December. […]


Thank You!

Thank you! Your financial gifts make a difference! While our financial team is still working out all the details, I am grateful to report that our total income for 2017 was right on target to projection. Thank you! Thanks to our council for their fiscal management, strategic leadership and planning. Thanks to our staff for […]


Building Community

January… the month of cold and darkness after the big celebration of Christmas. It is maybe what defines us as Minnesotans. It slows us down enough to allow for reflection. It might be what makes us actually Minnesota nice. I have been reading the book, “Thank You for Being Late” by Thomas Friedman. The title […]


What does it mean to be persecuted for our faith?

One of my great treasures are the journals of my great-grandfather, Aron and his son Nikolaj Reimer. The journals have been translated from German into English and they document a remarkable story of faith, persecution and perseverance. Aron and Nikolaj were Mennonite Brethren (Ana-Baptists) ministers. They were leaders in their small German village in Russia. Because […]


Discerning the Call

As you may know, last year was not an easy year for me in my professional life. Being denied an internship because of who God created me to be was a knife to my heart and, honestly, there were times where I wanted to give this all up: drop out of Seminary, leave the Church, and […]


Partnership with Calvary Lutheran in Edina

As a family of faith we are on the move. We’ve made friends with many of our community partners; the schools, the city, other non-profits, and even businesses. We’re experiencing the joy and hope of new families, young children and babies. I hope you saw our kids in action for their Charlie Brown Christmas Sermon […]


A Very Lutheran Lent

I’’m looking forward to Lent this year. We’re going to have a “very Lutheran Lent” starting in February. If in the past we’ve suggested the Jesuit Examen as a daily prayer and spiritual practice, this year we’re encouraging folks to use Luther’s Small Catechism as their daily prayer and devotional practice. During Lent we will […]


Blue Light

It’s hard to get my head around writing an article for December…the month of Christmas. I put my headphones in and hesitantly force my finger over my favorite Christmas album. The music easily plays but my heart is not in it. The season my childhood heart welcomed as early as it was offered feels a million […]


Contemplating Christmas: Living in Abundance

My family has been calling me Scrooge lately and is worried that I will ruin and cancel Christmas. I haven’t been meaning to feel this way or even act like a Scrooge. But there is some truth to their name-calling. I have been overwhelmed by how much we have. When I look around our house I […]