Justice Comes ONLY When Values Become Virtues

Ritch Hochstetler  September 25, 2020   Our world needs healing – not only from a pandemic, but from division, injustice, and brokenness in human relationships. When our collective behavior is fueled by contempt, distain, and hatred for our fellow human beings, we...

 

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Skipping the Savior Complex

Skipping the Savior Complex

Ben Rheinheimer | August 28, 2020 My adventure in youth work started about 20 years ago. Youth work for me wasn’t a “starting” job or a time filler until something else came along. Youth work was a career choice and I was certain I was going to make a difference. I...

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Equity Starts in the Heart

Equity Starts in the Heart

Ritch Hochstetler  August 26, 2020     Rarely do words communicate from beyond the grave as profoundly as did the words of John Lewis, Civil Rights patriarch and US Congressman. In his brief essay written shortly before his death, Lewis wrote, “Though I am gone,...

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Know Your Why

Know Your Why

Aubrey Eastway | August 14, 2020 I’m the newbie around here. Proudly bolstering the title of “Brand Ambassador.” And while many would comprise that title of design work, social media maintenance, and/or marketing in general – my job really boils down to communicating...

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“Social Distancing” and the Hunger for Connection

“Social Distancing” and the Hunger for Connection

Ritch Hochstetler  July 2, 2020   Beyond the massive economic disruption and health crisis, Covid19 has shined a spotlight on a core need essential to our humanity – connection. The 70’s band Three Dog Night’s hit song “One is the Loneliest Number” sums up the agony...

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Gratitude: A Healing Ointment for the Soul

Gratitude: A Healing Ointment for the Soul

Ritch Hochstetler  May 15, 2020      Today I opened a card that expressed thanks for a job I had agreed to do, and that I got paid for. How could such a simple expression, two words – “thank you!”, reverberate through my mind and touch my emotions? When...

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What’s Poppin?

What’s Poppin?

Kailey Paszko  May 8, 2020   Hey there, what’s popping?! Okay, I’ll spare you from the puns, they’re probably butter left unsaid anyways 🙂 I came across this quote that was essentially comparing the process of how popcorn is made to our lives as humans. Just like...

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Heavenly Connections

Heavenly Connections

Ben Rheinheimer | April 30, 2020 “The connections we make in the course of a life--maybe that's what heaven is.” - Mr. Rogers I have been a stay at home dad for a baby. I have a 20+ year resume of youth work. I have taken kids out of the country on service projects. I...

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