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Skimming Across the Surface

“The value of my life is not dependent upon the degree to which I realize it.” – James Finley

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Even My Underwear is Falling off!

Oh, how blithely I’ve said it over the years, “You have value beyond what you do!  Your worth isn’t rooted in your accomplishments, or lack thereof.  You’re loved above and beyond your list of credentials, beautiful beyond the appearance of your body, valuable beyond what you contribute to the company!”  I still believe that, but now I discover that I’m a little thin on the skill to live out that wisdom.

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Mysteries Too Marvelous

You might think I’m crazy, but sometimes we walk into mysteries too marvelous for our reasoning.

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A Life Well-Planned – Really?

“The rewards of a life well-planned.” Whoever wrote that commercial hasn’t made it to 30 yet.

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International Competence and Compassion

It didn’t matter to me at all what accent carried the phrase to my ears, “Well, it looks like we got it all!” 

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“I Disappear!”

I was reminded recently of the movie “Billy Eliot.”  The story tells about the unlikely path of a pre-adolescent boy in a northern English coal mining town.  While the majority of his mates take up boxing, a “manly” activity, Billy Eliot feels drawn to ballet.  The boy’s friends look at him askance and the girls […]

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I’ll Manage!

It came to my attention the other day that my name doesn’t appear anywhere as the “manager” of the Support Team Network.  I’d like to say that’s because I’m an incredibly humble guy and don’t care a thing about getting credit for anything.  Alas, that isn’t the case.  It boils down to simple incompetence: I […]

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Our Chaplain Residents in our First “Vlog!”

It was a blast to work with the Clinical Pastoral Education residents here at UAB Pastoral Care in putting together this little trailer regarding loneliness.  They’re some good and committed servants, I can tell you that!

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Come Have Lunch with Us!! Seriously – You’re Invited!

Here at the UAB Support Team Network, we’ve begun a new lunch series. It’s called “Community is Medicine.” Isn’t that cool?! Now, you’re not only being invited to read these columns but you can come and get something tasty to eat, hobnob with others who feel called to make a difference in their community, and […]

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Our Best Practices in Spanish (Mejores procedimientos para un grupo de apoyo en Español)

A couple of weeks ago, Corey Agricola and Jeff Woods, two of our chaplains, traveled to Gadsden, Alabama and with the able assistance of Elder Juan Tinillo, established a Support Team at Ebenezer Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Corey and Jeff needed Elder Tinillo because the entire team speaks Spanish and Juan did a great job […]