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January 2021- There’s Nothing New Under the Sun = Hope

2020 was quite a year.  Hard and harrowing in many ways.  A pandemic.  An economic collapse.  A summer of killings and protests.  A contentious Presidential election.  And to start the New Year, a mob assault on the Capitol and legislators.  Tumultuous times. One day...

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December 2020- Remembering a Salem Saint …

In 2010 there was a bit of a community snafu.  Not the end of the world by any means, but a logistical headache for two local nonprofits. A classic ‘good-news/bad-news’ scenario. The good news:  The Marion-Polk Medical Foundation had miraculously landed South Africa’s...

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November 2020- Thanks-giving is Life-Giving

I was thinking about thanks.  It’s that season.  A scripture came to mind … As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria.  As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master,...

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October 2020- Salem-Keizer Youth Collaborative

We have a saying around here.  The “F” in “SLF” stands for “flexible.”  Never has that been more true than the past six months.  First with Covid-19, and then the wildfires. Flexibility is built into our DNA and our practices.  As a consulting ministry, we are free of...

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September 2020- A Salute to our Friend and Colleague Imani

I’m eternally grateful to the 2017 Eclipse.  And the City of Independence. They are the reason Imani Hall came to Oregon. Imani, a recent graduate from Ithaca College in New York, accepted a 9-month AmeriCorps assignment for the City’s “Indy Goes Dark” tourism...

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Sam’s Blog

February 2021- Understanding Salem’s History to Build Shalom today

Some people know that Jennifer and I love antiques.  Fiesta ware, Craftsman furniture, old photos and postcards—we especially treasure artifacts of Salem’s history.  One day, 16 years ago, I was at the Salem Collector’s Market at the Fairgrounds.  I was thrilled to...

January 2021- There’s Nothing New Under the Sun = Hope

2020 was quite a year.  Hard and harrowing in many ways.  A pandemic.  An economic collapse.  A summer of killings and protests.  A contentious Presidential election.  And to start the New Year, a mob assault on the Capitol and legislators.  Tumultuous times. One day...

December 2020- Remembering a Salem Saint …

In 2010 there was a bit of a community snafu.  Not the end of the world by any means, but a logistical headache for two local nonprofits. A classic ‘good-news/bad-news’ scenario. The good news:  The Marion-Polk Medical Foundation had miraculously landed South Africa’s...

November 2020- Thanks-giving is Life-Giving

I was thinking about thanks.  It’s that season.  A scripture came to mind … As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria.  As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master,...

October 2020- Salem-Keizer Youth Collaborative

We have a saying around here.  The “F” in “SLF” stands for “flexible.”  Never has that been more true than the past six months.  First with Covid-19, and then the wildfires. Flexibility is built into our DNA and our practices.  As a consulting ministry, we are free of...

September 2020- A Salute to our Friend and Colleague Imani

I’m eternally grateful to the 2017 Eclipse.  And the City of Independence. They are the reason Imani Hall came to Oregon. Imani, a recent graduate from Ithaca College in New York, accepted a 9-month AmeriCorps assignment for the City’s “Indy Goes Dark” tourism...

I grew up in a great Salem church where Communion was celebrated every Sunday during the Eucharist.  I worship today in a great Salem church where we take Communion once a month.  From time to time I have pondered this contrast, not with any angst or criticism … but certainly with some lament. Was it just tradition and preference that caused me to yearn?  Or something deeper.

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SLF’s Political Agenda

With politics dominating the headlines and the newscasts, I’ve been thinking about a meeting I had several years ago. The community organizer from Portland was putting together a faith-based coalition, and he wanted to identify...

Three Epiphanies

Not just the high-needs inner-city neighborhoods, but all neighborhoods across Salem-Keizer. Every neighborhood has assets; every neighborhood has needs. The trick is to organize, energize and deploy the ‘indigenous assets’ so that the ‘indigenous needs’ are met. At this point, SLF stopped deploying the ‘suburban-assets/inner-city-need’” methodology. We now ask everyone, every church, every business, every agency: “What’s Your Neighborhood?”

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