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In honor of Mothers Day

Enjoy this post from Glennon Doyle Melton on her blog at ...

"Last month, my mom and I were flying to an event where I was speaking. As I told her about some exciting things happening with Momastery, Together Rising, and my book—she seemed quieter than usual. I asked her what was wrong and her eyes got watery. She said, Oh, it’s nothing, honey. It’s silly. What? I said. Her voice quivered as she said, Oh, it’s just that you and your sister are doing such world-changing, important work. I’m so proud of you. Sometimes I wish I’d done something important, something world-changing—so you two could be as proud of me as I am of you." ...

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Posted by Nicole Swanson at Thursday, May 7, 2015
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Not a Cup: But a Cow by Ed Chasteen

For seven years Al and Mary Ann Ditrow from McPherson, Kansas and Caby and Betty Byrne for 17 years from Clinton, Mississippi have been drawn to Heifer Ranch, a 1,200 acre Camelot outside Perryville, Arkansas, where they volunteer for months at a time. Now for just a day five of us have come from Liberty, Missouri so these four long-termers can work their magic on us, sharing with us the Heifer vision for the world and showing us the simulated world villages housed on their acres, the animals they share with the world and the vegetables they grow for their neighbors.

Al is a retired agriculture teacher from McPherson College, a Mennonite college. Caby retired as Baptist Student Director at Mississippi State. The five of us have come from Second Baptist Church to learn the work done by Heifer. The four volunteers greet us. They stick closer than a shadow this Saturday afternoon and evening, shepherding us through videos, conversations, golf-cart treks in the rain to see the place. The story of Dan West emerges. And with it, the origin of Heifer. Dan was an aid worker trying to feed children after a war. He never had enough cups of milk.

Posted by Nicole Swanson at Thursday, April 23, 2015
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Seven Conversations by Ed Chasteen

I’m bringing folks from five churches to Table of Faiths on Tuesday, April 21, as the first step in a larger purpose I have. I want to pair up folks of different faiths to have seven conversations over a seven week period using the seven sets of questions I will provide. Then each person will write the biography of the other from what they have learned. When all is done, we will hold a Human Family Reunion and each person will be inducted into The Order of World Class Persons.


An Invitation to Seven Conversations

from Ed Chasteen, PhD

The Pedalin’ Prof from William Jewell College

and Ambassador from Second Baptist Church to Other Communities of Faith

Text and Talk

Our focus is not on books and printed words but on individual persons and their spoken words. I ask only that you read one little book, just 144 pages. The book is called How To Like People Who Are Not Like You. A reviewer called this book “profoundly simple and simply profound, a formula for building human beings.” I wrote the book. Each of you who signs up for these seven conversations will get a free online copy.

Our moving closer to World Class Person is built around the seven conversations we will have with the person we are getting to know, using the seven sets of questions listed below. After each conversation, you will email to your person and to me the words you have written describing the words your person spoke to you. At the end of week #7 you will email to your person their biography as they have told it to you. You will ask for their approval. When you have it, you will email the completed biography to me.

When our spoken journey ends after seven weeks, we will gather at William Jewell College for a Human Family Reunion. We will all meet each other and each of us will be recognized as a World Class Person.

Signing up for these Conversations

To participate in these seven conversations, send an email to me at In no more than 150 words, tell me why you want to take part, what you hope to learn and the difference you think it might make in your life. Everyone who wants to listen will be accepted. Those who hold the seven conversations and proceed as described below will achieve the distinction of World Class Person and will be inducted into the Order of World Class Persons at our Human Family Reunion to be held at the Community Center in our town called Liberty.

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Posted by Nicole Swanson at Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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