Fancy Newsletters

September 2017: Back-to-School

Charlottesville, just like Ferguson before it, is sparking emotions.  Protests.  Blog posts.  Outcry. What if Charlottesville sparked action? I’m not talking about political action.  There’s plenty of that already.  I’m talking about positive action. Ongoing action....

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July 2017: What We Do

…our role is to build bridges; to connect people and organizations; to catalyze change.  Our first focus is the church community, an asset that was dormant and disjointed for many years.  We are also deeply called to all sectors of the community: schools, non-profits, agencies, law enforcement, government, business and neighborhoods.  People-of-faith … and People-of-goodwill. 

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June 2017: Fancy Friday Edition

‘The Gathering’ on May 4th was a beautiful experience of unity and fellowship for all of Salem-Keizer. Among the laity and the clergy of our community, alike.

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February 2017: More Than a Ride Home

You never know how valuable a ride home can be.  Jennifer and I always made ourselves available to the Viking Band members if they needed a ride home.  After practice.  After a football or basketball game.  After a weekend band competition.  After one of the many...

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April 2017: Remembering Doug Evans Coe

“How many churches are there in Salem now?” he asked.  It was 2001.  We were sitting in my car after taking a ‘fancy field trip’ around the north-Salem neighborhoods where he grew up. “Well,” I responded with some pride, “we just did a survey and there are nearly 200...

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March 2017: The Root Cause

People helping people.  It can be a sacrifice.  It can take us away from our leisure and our personal pleasure.  But it’s one of the best investments of time and relationship we could ever make.

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January 2017: Building Bridges

It was a beautiful day in Shalom, Oregon, on January 16.  It wasn’t just the clear, sunny day that made it beautiful.  It was the way hundreds of people joyfully (not angrily) gathered to celebrate Rev. Martin Luther King in a city and a state where, for many decades,...

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